Preparing for Emergencies
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No one knows when an emergency will happen or what kind of emergency it will be… weather-related emergencies including storms, flooding or power outages, disease outbreaks or even man-made disasters.   

Each of us needs to “Be Prepared” in the event of an emergency.  Dutchess County Government can help.  This webpage provides a wide range of information and tools to help you and your family prepare for emergencies.


Checkmark  Storm Related News and Updates



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Checkmark   Winter Weather Preparedness



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Checkmark  Spring and Summer Weather Preparedness


- Summer Safety -

Cooling centers in Dutchess County

The following link proivdes a listing of cooling centers throughout Dutchess County above and beyond the usual air-conditioned destinations like shopping malls, big-box stores, supermarkets and movie theatres:

Keep in mind that anybody planning to visit a cooling center should call in advance to be certain they’re open...especially on weekends.


- Storm Preparedness -


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Checkmark  Fall Weather Preparedness



- Fall Weather and Storm Preparedness -



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Checkmark  Health Preparedness Information







Checkmark   General Preparedness Information



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NYS Aware PrepareFor additional emergency preparedness resources, please click on the following link to visit the New York State Aware Prepare website or click on the logo at the left.

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


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    Last Updated: 1/30/2019