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Emergency Preparedness

No one knows when an emergency will happen or what type of emergency it will be. Because of this, each of us must be prepared BEFORE an emergency or disaster occurs.

Not sure where to start? Dutchess County Emergency Management
can help. The pages below offer guidance on how to prepare for a wide variety of emergencies, including weather-related emergencies, sustained power outages, flooding, public health emergencies, man-made disasters, and more.


Spring and Summer Weather

Summer Safety

Storm Preparedness 

Winter Weather

Fall Weather

Health Preparedness Information

General Preparedness Information

For additional emergency preparedness resources, please click on the following link to visit the New York State Aware Prepare.

Local resources include:
American Red Cross - The American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley is located at 103 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY.  They offer free personal preparedness training through the Be Red Cross Ready program, presented by CDPHP.  Visit the American Red Cross Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter website for more information.  The American Red Cross also provides information for businesses and for schools.

Dutchess County Emergency Response - In an emergency dial 911.  If you would like further information or resources on emergency preparedness, you may call the Dutchess County Emergency Response Department at 845-486-2080 or e-mail us at