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Emergency Preparedness


St. Lawrence County Cooling Centers for Extreme Heat

Facility Name Street Address (include Building Number, Street name, City, ZIP Code) Contact Number Days and Hours of Operation* Operates Only During Heat Waves
American Red Cross- Northern Country Call for cooling center locations 315-782-4410 Call for operating hours  
Massena Fire Department 34 Andrews Street, Massena, NY 13662 315-769-2380 Open as weather warrants. Please call for operating hours X
Helena Fire Department 1175 SH 37C, Helena, NY 13649 315-764-1166 Open as weather warrants. Please call for operating hours X
Louisville Fire Department 14818 SH 37 Massena, NY 13662 315-769-2316 Open as weather warrants. Please call for operating hours X
Morristown Fire Department 200 Morris Street, Morristown, NY 13664 315-375-6703 Open as weather warrants. Please call for operating hours X
Parishville Fire Department 1714 SH 72, Parishville, NY 13672 315-265-6832 Open as weather warrants. Please call for operating hours X
Potsdam Public Library 2 Park Street, Potsdam NY 13676 315-265-7230 Mon-Thurs: 10:00 AM - 8:00  PM; Fri - Sat: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Sun: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM  
Salvation Army 20 Russell Road, Massena NY 13662 315-769-5154 Mon-Sun: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM  
Gouverneur Community Center 4763 NY-58 Gouverneur NY 13642 315-276-5893 Mon-Sun 7 AM- 4PM  
Rensselaer Falls Library 212 Rensselaer St., Rensselaer Falls, NY 13680 315-276-0189 Tue 12 PM - 5PM  
Hepburn Library of Edwards 205 Main Street, Edwards, NY 13635 315-562-3521 Mon 11:00AM-6:00PM; Tue 12:00PM-5:00PM; Wed 9:00AM-3:00PM; Thurs 12:00PM- 5:00PM  
Russell Fire Department Fire Station 5 Pestle Street Russell, NY 13684 315-262-7411 Call for operating hours X
Heuvelton Fire Department 95 State Street, Heuvelton NY 13654 315-344-2426 Call for operating hours X
Macomb Historical Society 6659 SH 58 Hammond, NY 13646 315-681-8081 Call for operating hours X


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Preparing for Storms & Weathering Floods and Power Outages

Emergency Readiness
Emergencies disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property.  If an emergency occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.

You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could occur in your area—hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme cold, flooding, or terrorism.

You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation.

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Click Here for Emegency Preparedness for Older Adults

Things You Can do Right Now to be Safer

  • Check and change the batteries in your smoke alarms yearly and replace all alarms that are more than 10 years old.
  • Make sure you know where your local fire department, police station, and hospital are and post a list of emergency phone numbers posted near all the telephones in your home.
  • Organize and practice a family fire drill -- make sure your children know what your smoke detector sounds like and what to do if it goes off when they are sleeping.
  • Locate the utility mains for your home and be sure you know how to turn them off manually: gas, electricity, and water.
  • Create an emergency plan for your household, including your pets. Decide where your family will meet if a disaster does happen:

    1) right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire and2) outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home -- ask an out of town friend to be your "family contact" to relay messages.
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit, complete with flashlights, batteries, blankets, and an emergency supply of water and food (and pet food!).
  • Check the expiration dates of all over-the-counter medications -- discard all that are expired and replace any that are routinely needed.
  • Visit with your neighbors and discuss how you would handle a disaster in your area. Talk to neighbors with special needs and help them become safer too!

Why Prepare?
Every citizen in this country is part of a national emergency management system that is all about protection–protecting people and property from all types of hazards.

Think of the national emergency management system as a pyramid with you, the citizen, forming the base of the structure. At this level, you have a responsibility to protect yourself and your family by knowing what to do before, during, and after an event. Some examples of what you can do follow:


  • Know the risks and danger signs.
  • Purchase insurance, including flood insurance, which is not part of your homeowner’s policy.
  • Develop plans for what to do.
  • Assemble a disaster supplies kit.
  • Volunteer to help others.


  • Put your plan into action.
  • Help others.
  • Follow the advice and guidance of officials in charge of the event.


  • Repair damaged property.
  • Take steps to prevent or reduce future loss. 

For Information on Emergency Preparedness

Contact the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at (315) 386-2325.