Emergency Management

130 Princetown Plaza, Princetown, NY 12306  ♦  (518) 370-3113 
Mark LaViolette, Director


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.

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.