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The Code Enforcement Disaster Assistance Response (CEDAR) Program

The Department of State Division of Code Enforcement and Administration’s Code Enforcement Disaster Assistance Response (CEDAR) Program provides requesting communities with timely, appropriate post-disaster assistance as part of the statewide coordinated effort under the leadership of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management, and in accordance with Executive Law 2-B. The program’s initial disaster response focuses on performing Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessments of damaged structures in affected communities for use as part of the application process to request federal disaster assistance through FEMA. The CEDAR program’s long-term disaster response will provide a unified method that allows communities to access the broad range of resources available within the Department of State, and, with the cooperation of other state agencies and private partners, resources beyond the Department of State.

Past CEDAR Deployments

Hurricane Irene/Tropical Storm Lee
In response to NYS Office of Emergency Management requests for assistance with the assessment of buildings damaged by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, BSC staff directed 95 CEDAR volunteers in evaluating nearly 13,000 structures in eight counties in 17 days.

Hurricane Sandy
After Hurricane Sandy, multiple requests for CEDAR were received from municpalities on Long Island. In response, fifty-three participants and five BSC staff members conducted 12,731 building evaluations during three deployments spanning 11 days. A more detailed breakdown of where these volunteers assisted, and the results of the Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessments, can be found HERE.

Who are the volunteers performing the rapid Post-disaster Building Damage Assessments (PBDAs) in the Disaster Assistance Response program?

  • Certified Code Enforcement Officials
  • Certified Building Safety Inspector
  • Registered Design Professionals
  • Others with specialized skills, knowledge or abilities

More information on the volunteers and performing PBDAs is available HERE.

For More Information, Contact:
Eric C. Bradshaw
Emergency Management Coordinator
Department of State Division of Building Standards and Codes
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Ave, Suite 1160
Albany, NY 12231-0001
Phone: (518) 473-0175
Fax: (518) 486- 4487