Disasters and Emergencies

Disasters and Emergencies

  • Bioterrorism

    Bioterrorism differs from traditional acts terrorism by including the use of viruses, bacteria and germs.  There are different categories of diseases that could be caused by these agents and are referred to as Category A, B and C.  We have preparedness and response plans to address these issues, as well as strong partnerships with local partners, the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    In the event of a bioterrorism attack against Greene County, our staff is ready to assist in the identification, isolation and treatment of the agent utilizing a Point of Dispensing (POD) location.  A POD is a place where you or members of your household can go to get needed medications to combat the bioterrorism event once it has been identified.  We have identified POD locations throughout Greene County to be able to serve each unique area.

  • Active Shooter

    While it is important to plan and be prepared for natural disasters, it is important to consider manmade emergencies as well, especially those that can occur outside of your home such as your workplace, school, or other mass gathering place.  The small actions taken within those frightening moments of an active shooter or other violent situation can sometimes make all the difference.

    Watch this video for important guidelines to follow during an active shooter situation.

    There are several online resources to learn about how to prepare for an active shooter scenario.  To take one of these online courses, click here.

  • Toxic / Chemical Spills

    The release of toxins or chemicals in the environment on a large scale or even in your home on a smaller scale can prove disastrous to your health and wellbeing.  There are a variety of sources in Greene County and those passing through that could be treacherous if an incident were to occur, but these sources are monitored and documented within various departments.  Safety measures are taken to ensure their security and yours.

    Because these are considered environmental issues, the New York State Department of Health Oneonta District Office handles emergencies of this type in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Conservation.  If you believe there has been a toxic or chemical spill, including fuels, pesticides, ammonia, swimming pool chemicals, etc. contact 911 immediately and report the information to the dispatcher.  Keep yourself and others away and upwind from the location of the spill, especially if the substance is released into the air.

    To learn more about Toxic Substances, click here.

    To learn about Chemical facts and information, click here.


  • Water / Sewer Disruptions

    Periodically, due to routine maintenance and non-routine emergencies, water and sewer service may become disrupted.  If due to routine maintenance, it is often customary to receive a letter or other notification of the disruption including a timeframe.  When non-routine emergencies strike such as a ruptured pipe or storms damaging the system, you need to be prepared.  By checking out our Getting Prepared section, you will know the items you should keep in your home should this happen to you.

    Your local town or village will work to repair the issue as quickly as possible.  In the meantime, listen for important updates which may be located on various media outlets, social media pages and through what is known as the Swift 911 system which will contact you directly to alert you of emergencies in your area.  To register to receive this service, click here.

    For information on septic systems, click here.