Emergency Management and Planning

Peter Berry, EMS Chief
(518) 782-2645

Our mission is to provide a proactive framework through the coordination of resources and activities and pre-planned mechanisms to effectively mitigate hazards, ensure efficient response and recovery efforts, to safeguard the lives and property and minimize the effects of emergencies and disasters on the residents and businesses within the Town of Colonie.

In the News

Colonie Police Department has joined a new communication system called Nixle. Nixle is free to join and updates important, valuable community information directly to residents or anyone who works or frequents the town. Information and messages regarding advisories, real time emergency information, as well as other relevant safety and community event information are shared instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Residents of the Village of Menands also have an emergency alert system called Everbridge.

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Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Join the Albany County Medical Reserve Corps

NY-ALERT, the New York State All-Hazards Alert and Notification web-based Portal, went online June 1. This portal offers one-stop shopping through which State and local governments can provide emergency information to a defined audience (local, county, regional or statewide).
The public can use RSS (Real Simple Syndicate) reader technology to begin receiving automatic updates from NY-ALERT for events statewide, or for just their community. In August people will be able to subscribe on the NY-ALERT website to receive emergency information via email, phone call (traditional, VOIP, or cell), fax, or via cell phone or pager text messages.

Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan

Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan information can be found here.

News and Events

How to Prepare for a Flood

National Grid Power Outage Information

Keeping Your Pets Safe in an Emergency

Evacuation & Financial Preparedness

Major Roadwork and Events

OEM Tip of the Week: Fight Flu Before Flu Fights You
Flu season is here and Office of Emergency Management and Planning and the Albany County Department of Health remind all town residents to get flu shots this year. It is especially important for the following groups to get flu shots due to risk of complications:

  • People over 50
  • Children from age 6 months to five years
  • People with chronic medical conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • Healthcare workers who provide direct patient care

By getting a flu shot you can protect yourself, as well as those around you. You can also stop the spread of flu in other ways:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing
  • Stay home if you are sick with a fever and cough

For more information visit this link.

Click the following link to learn more about the New York State Disaster Leave Law.

Every community's level of preparedness begins with its individual families and businesses. To learn how you can be better prepared to protect yourself and your loved ones in any type of emergency, visit the new State website here.

Safety Hazard Recalls

Safety Hazard Recall information can be found at the following link.

Citizen Corps

Stressing the need for volunteer efforts in areas of crime, natural disasters, and terrorism, President George W. Bush introduced Citizen Corps as part of the USA Freedom Corps program. Citizen Corps is a federal initiative that aims to harness volunteer spirit and create better-prepared citizens, neighborhoods, and communities, through education, training and volunteer service.

Citizen Corps Councils, which coordinate volunteer initiatives at the state and local levels, help make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.

For more information please click here, or contact Peter Berry at 782-2645.

The Albany County Special Needs Registry

The Albany County Special Needs Registry is a voluntary registry of individuals who would require assistance in the event of an emergency. This assistance could be as simple as advising emergency responders of a patient's medications if called to a medical response or of those who need evacuation assistance in the event of a natural or man-made emergency. This registry alerts emergency responders as to resident locations and gives them the vital information they need to better meet the resident's special needs.

Participation in the registry is voluntary and all information is strictly confidential, used only for emergency purposes. The Town of Colonie Emergency Management & Planning Office has been working with Albany County to make this program available to qualified residents within the Town of Colonie.

Our department's mission is to assess and plan for hazards and emergencies and work with other public safety and municipal agencies to ensure public welfare. As a pre-planning tool, the Special Needs Registry should be considered strongly for all people who have special medical needs (i.e. oxygen or life support systems that are dependent upon electrical power) or have physical disabilities that would make it difficult to evacuate independently if the need arose.

For more information on this service, contact the Emergency Medical Services Department at (518) 782-2645.

Training & Educational Programs


For Incident Command System (ICS) information, contact Peter Berry at 782-2645 or BerryP@colonie.org


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