Emergency Preparedness

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” 

 How Prepared is Saratoga County?

• A countywide emergency plan is in place to coordinate police, fire, medical and emergency responses
• We conduct regular training exercises to test our emergency preparedness
• Medical providers are sent educational alerts which will increase awareness and reporting of illness
• Saratoga Hospital Emergency Departments reports any unusual patterns of illness every 24 hours to Saratoga County Public Health Department


Saratoga County Animal Emergency Response Team (CART) is an emergency response team dedicated to serving the needs of animals (and, by extension, their owners) in an emergency situation.  Use the links below for Pet-Friendly Emergency & Disaster Preparedness information, and information regarding the CART program.

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Saratoga CART is actively seeking new volunteers… see their Facebook page for more information.

Weather Safety Information – Year Round Preparedness


Biological and Chemical Terrorism

Since September 11, 2001, public concern about the use of biological and chemical agents by terrorists has caused us to become familiar with a new word: Bioterrorism. Even though the intentional use of biological and/or chemical weapons is possible, it is not very likely since these agents are difficult to produce and difficult to disperse effectively.

Public Health personnel, in addition to medical and emergency personnel, are intensively trained to be alert, prepared, ready, and able to respond to these potential threats. Public Health Emergency Preparedness is in place and is constantly being strengthened to assure our ability to deal with emerging infectious diseases, as well as chemical attacks. The Public Health System – Federal, state and local – works jointly with numerous other organizations to prepare for such threats.

Further information can be obtained here:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – https://emergency.cdc.gov/bioterrorism/ 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – www.fema.gov

Related Links

New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) –http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/

Shown below are images from our 2019 POD (Point of Dispensing) training event.  This multi-agency drill is held annually at various locations throughout Saratoga County; in this case (mimicking a medical emergency), PODs would open as a means of dispensing medications to the members of our communities.

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