Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters

Are you prepared for a natural disaster? The Saratoga Springs Fire Department is committed to educating residents by providing public awareness of what to do in case of a natural disaster.

Shelter in Place

In the event of a hazardous materials release, the fire or police department may ask residents to “shelter in place” or stay indoors until the release can be contained. To shelter in place means to stay in hour home, close all windows and doors, bring your pets in, and turn off your heating and air conditioning. Stay indoors and monitor television and radio announcements for further instructions. Shelter in place is preferable to evacuation when it is not feasible to move a large amount of people in a short period of time or to expose them to a hazardous material. Do not hesitate to call 911 if there is an emergency during the shelter in place order.


An evacuation order may be authorized by the fire or police departments. An evacuation order will be given in the event residents need to leave their homes quickly, but in a calm and orderly fashion. A shelter location such as a church, school, or other property will be detailed in the evacuation order. You can also seek shelter at a family or friends home that is far away from the emergency incident. Pets are usually not allowed in shelters so make sure you have a pre-arranged place for your pet to stay. 

If an evacuation order is given, please take only essential items or your family disaster care kit with you, lock your home, and leave immediately. If you do not have transportation, emergency responders will arrange transportation. Know two ways out of your residential area in case one is blocked. Monitor television and radio for further information on the length of the evacuation order.