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Schenectady County Offers Rapid Notify Emergency Call System for Residents with Unlisted Phone Numbers and Cell Phones

Schenectady County currently utilizes an emergency call system to notify residents of emergency information.  Currently the call system can only contact residents with listed land phone lines.  Residents with unlisted phone numbers or who use cell phones as their primary phone can now register with the Rapid Notify system online.

County Emergency Management

The County Emergency Management Office is designated to provide the centralized coordination of all these management activities, including coordination of resources, manpower and services and the centralized direction of requests for assistance, during man-made and natural disasters.

Emergency Management responsibilities date back to the Congressional Act of 1803 that is generally considered the origin of disaster legislation. Since that time, disaster management came under various governmental departments, probably most notably, Civil Defense Preparedness Agency before becoming known as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

County responsibilities are closely related to the responsibility of the local levels of government within the County, i.e., the city, towns and incorporated villages, to manage all phases of disasters. The county has the responsibility to assist the local levels of government in the event that they have fully committed their resources and are still unable to cope with any disaster. Similarly, New York State is obligated to provide assistance to the county after resources have been exhausted and the county is unable to cope with the disaster.

The County Emergency Management Office works closely with the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and the Federal Emergency Management Office (FEMA) in Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation, involving either man-made or natural disasters.

The ultimate goal of Emergency Management is to minimize the loss of life, property, and disruptions to government and businesses, in the community.

Additional Resources:

United Way 2-1-1
211211 What is 2-1-1? United Way's 2-1-1 Helpline is a free, confidential, multilingual service to assist the public to find the answers to a variety of Health and Human Services related questions. Whether answering to a natural disaster, a personal emergency or to furnish tools to foster independent lives, United Way's 2-1-1 seeks to help those in need wherever they live. 2-1-1 can give callers up-to-date information on emergency shelters, road conditions, etc.

New York State Disaster Assistance Handbook. is an easy to use website that consolidates disaster information in one place. Currently, 17 U.S. Government agencies, which sponsor more than 40 forms of federal disaster assistance, contribute to the website. You can apply for many forms of assistance with a single, online application.

Emergency Management Schenectady County Emergency Management Offer Emergency Preparedness Tips

The Schenectady County Office of Emergency Management is helping all residents engage in proper emergency preparedness. 

CLICK HERE to access tips on creating emergency kits, preparing for a pandemic flu, and developing a family emergency plan.  You can also link to resources from the Red Cross, New York State Health Department, Centers for Disease Control, and others.  You can also view the newly adopted County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.

Firefighting Equipment Schenectady County Volunteer Incentive Program

Schenectady County recognizes the outstanding job performed by local volunteers in the emergency services arena.  In appreciation, the County has created a Volunteer Incentive Program to reward our dedicated men and women who give their time to help keep our communities safe.

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Contact Information

Mark LaViolette
Phone: (518) 370-3113 x1

Robert Moore
Deputy Director
Phone: (518) 370-3113 x

Kyle Rudolphsen
Fire Coordinator
Phone:  (518) 370-3113 x5

Schenectady County Flood Brochure

Did you know that Schenectady County has had nine serious floods in the past 98 years, and almost half occurred in the past 13 years? The Frequency of flooding is unpredictable. This is why you should always be prepared. Click here to view our Flood Preparedness Brochure.

Schenectady County Voluntary Evacuation Registry

Every minute counts in an emergency.  That is why we are pleased to announce the new Schenectady County Voluntary Evacuation Registry.  The registry will help make sure our seniors and special needs residents get the assistance they need during an emergency evacuation.

Registration Form (PDF)

Emergency Checklist