Gregory J. Butcher, Deputy Commissioner
716/858-2944, FAX/858-7937, gregory.butcher@erie.gov

James T. Glass, Emergency Services Coordinator
716/858-6287, glassj@erie.gov

Emergency Contact: 716/898-3696 MERS Control

The Civil Defense/Disaster Preparedness Division executes the County plan for civil defense and disaster relief before, during and after any type of natural, man-made disaster or war time situation. The activities of this Division are mandated by State Law, with the County maintaining control over certain levels of services.

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The Ready Erie Preparedness app is available for Erie County residents to make and share emergency plans, as well as receive information from Erie County during emergencies. Download this free app:

Throughout Erie County you may have seen the Emergency Detour Signs (labeled C-F).  The NYS Thruway Authority in collaboration with state and local parnters developed contingency plans and detour routes for the entire Thruway system that can be used during extreme weather events and/or other incidents.

These detour routes take into account the effect of the detoured traffic on state and local roadways.  This may require the actual detour to begin far ahead of the impacted...

Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

  • CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best...