Schenectady County Emergency Notification System


In the event of an emergency, it is critically important for you to be prepared and informed. Schenectady County is taking a proactive approach to enabling its citizens to be aware of emergency situations that may impact individuals and businesses in Schenectady County, by implementing the Schenectady County Emergency Notification, Schenectady County Alert.

Schenectady County Alert is an emergency notification system enabling and empowering interested parties to be aware of extreme incidents in Schenectady County.

Examples include: 

  • Chemical spills impacting public health
  • Active shooter situations causing an evacuation or shelter-in-place orders
  • Significant road closures, such as a highway closure (not lane closures or daily traffic incidents)
  • Closure or interruption in service of county operations
  • Additional notifications affecting the health and safety of the county
  • Emergency parking changes

The notification tool is powered by Rave Alert and Smart911, and will allow citizens to self-register on a secure website entering their name and personal contact information with their own username and password. Schenectady County recommends that everyone should have a plan during emergencies and a method to accept notifications in different modes, i.e., NOAA Weather radios, television, phone app, etc. Please ensure your device can receive and interpret messages or alerts that are issued.

Sign up for Schenectady County Alert here.

Notifications of emergencies, disasters or hazardous situations that would require immediate action will use email or text messaging to the devices registered online.

The messages will be limited to: 

  • Imminent or perceived threats to life or property
  • Disaster notifications
  • Public Health emergencies
  • Public Safety emergencies

It is the responsibility of the registered individual to ensure their contact information is accurate and up-to-date. Schenectady County cannot guarantee the timely delivery of alerts due to technical variables such as third party email and text messaging systems, as well as individual services to remote and handheld devices.

The purpose of this service is to provide accurate and helpful information to concerned citizens, businesses, and governmental agencies. Schenectady County Alert is a voluntary service and is at no cost to receive. Alerts will be sent via text and email, so standard messaging rates may apply. Information submitted will be kept confidential and not be released to any third party.


The County is providing Schenectady County Alert as a public service. All information sent is expected to be accurate, complete and timely at the stage of posting. The County may make updates or changes to this information at any time as new information becomes available. No guarantee of any kind, implied, expressed or statutory is given with respect to the contents forwarded.

The immediate and fast moving nature of websites means that there may be links to sites that are changed or no longer functional. We apologize if this should occur and assure you we are continually updating, reviewing and improving our site and its content. 

No information on this service is intended to serve as legal advice. Use of this website is at your own risk, and the County will not be held liable for any errors or omissions contained in this website. In no event shall the County be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages, or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits whether contract, negligence or any tort action arising out of, or in connection with, the use or performance of the information available from the County website.



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