Today in New York City we are kicking off National Preparedness Month. Each year since 2004, cities like ours have joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recognize the […]Read More
About Commissioner Joseph Bruno
Commissioner Bruno's career in public service began in 1971, when he joined the City’s Law Department as a trial attorney. He served in various attorney and managerial posts at the Law Department and in 1987 he became the City’s Fire Commissioner. Bruno was elected to the New York City Civil Court in 1991 and to the New York State Supreme Court in 2002. In March 2004, Mayor Bloomberg appointed him commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management. Since his appointment, Commissioner Bruno has overseen New York City’s implementation of the Citywide Incident Management System–the City's standard for responding to and managing emergencies and planned events. In 2006, he managed the comprehensive revision of the City's Coastal Storm Plan (CSP) to ensure the City is prepared for a worst-case scenario hurricane and can shelter more than 600,000 residents. OEM revisits the CSP annually and continues to expand the City’s evacuation, sheltering, logistics, debris management, and public notification capabilities. Under his guidance, Ready New York, the City’s emergency preparedness campaign, has expanded to include 11 guides in 23 languages. During his tenure, Bruno has coordinated the City’s responses to incidents such as the 2006 Queens blackout, the July 2007 steam pipe explosion, two crane collapses in 2008, the spring 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak, the September 2010 tornadoes, and Hurricane Irene in August 2011, which included the first mandatory evacuation of New York City’s coastal areas. Commissioner Bruno currently serves on the National Advisory Council, which was created by Congress to advise the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on all aspects of emergency management.