The mission of the Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Division is to minimize loss of life and personal injury, damage to property and the environment from man-made or natural disasters through mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery in accordance with the Columbia County Comprehensive Emergency Division also coordinates the activities for the County's Emergency Operations Center.

The Emergency Management Division is comprised of:  Emergency Management Director David W. Harrison Jr., Deputy Director Paul D'Onofrio, Deputy Director Henry Swartz, Deputy Director Robert Lopez and Emergency Management Liaison Lt. William Hilscher.

Director David W. Harrison, Jr. 

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Deputy Director Henry Swartz
Deputy Director Henry Swartz started with Columbia County Emergency Management in June 2012.

Deputy Director Swartz is responsible for assisting in the operation of the Columbia County Emergency Operations Center located at the Columbia County Public Safety Building in Hudson, NY.

Deputy Director Swartz is a 35 year member of the Niverville Fire Department, where he is a past Chief.  He has also been a past President of the Columbia County Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Columbia County Fire Chiefs Association.  Deputy Director Swartz also serves on the County's Traffic Safety Board and the County's Cause and Origin Team.

Mr. Swartz has lived in the Town of Chatham for 34 years with his wife Tammy, daughter Amanda and son-in-law Mike.

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Community Notification Enrollment - Code Red

Be notified in the event of emergency situations in Columbia County, such as evacuation notices, boil water alerts, missing child reports, severe weather and more.  Signing up is easy!

Mobile Alert:  Download the Code Red Mobile Alert App for your mobile phone!

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Multi-Jurisdictional Hazardous Mitigation Plan: