The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
    [email protected]

    Disaster Preparedness and Recovery


    Welcome to the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery webpage. The City of Kingston, in conjunction with the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Ulster County has developed a bank of resources to help prepare yourself, your family, your neighborhood, and your community. 

    As the impacts of climate change become more intense, it has become evident that disasters don't plan ahead, but you can! Disasters can occur unexpectedly and have devastating consequences for individuals and communities. In these situations, it is crucial to have a plan in place to minimize the impact of the disaster and recover as quickly as possible.


    This webpage provides resources and information to help you prepare for disasters and emergencies. It covers a range of topics, from developing a family emergency plan to the multi-faceted relationship between climate change and natural disasters. We also provide information on what to do during and after a disaster, including how to access emergency services and how to start the recovery process.


    Our goal is to empower individuals and communities to take proactive steps to reduce the impact of disasters and emergencies. By preparing in advance, we can better protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. We encourage you to explore the resources available on this webpage and take the necessary steps to be prepared for the unexpected.


    Stay Informed

    Community Notification System


    When an emergency strikes, it's important to be in the know. For access to urgent alerts, visit the City of Kingston Swift 911 webpage and subscribe to local e-alerts related to weather events and more. You can also download the free Swift 911 mobile app available on any Apple, Android, or Windows device.

    Radio Kingston (WKNY 1490AM and 107.9FM) is our local radio station, designed to stay on the air in all manners of disasters, with solar power, battery backup, and generators. Their infrastructure is purposefully designed to be resilient in all situations. Tune in all hours of the day and night to get updates during emergencies.



    The Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) is FEMA's national system for local alerting that Ulster County can access and use. IPAWS can assist in providing authenticated emergency and life-saving information to the public through mobile phones using Wireless Emergency Alerts, to radio and television via the Emergency Alert System, and on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Weather Radio when there is a disaster or emergency incident that warrants public notification.

    To learn more about IPAWS, visit



    New Yorkers can subscribe to NY-Alert to receive critical information and emergency alerts on what is happening in their area. NY-Alert contains critical, emergency-related information including instructions and recommendations in real-time by emergency personnel. Information may include severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous material spills, and other emergency conditions.


    All areas of New York State are included in the system, and you can decide which area you would like to receive alerts about.


    The New York Extension Disaster Education Network (NY EDEN) is a collaborative educational network based at Cornell University and dedicated to educating New York residents about preventing, preparing for and recovering from emergencies and disasters. Utilizing an aggregated collection of research-based guidelines and best practices aggregated from across the national Extension network, NY EDEN provides communication outreach on these critical and timely subjects through their website as well as its Facebook and Twitter social media channels.

    NY EDEN is affiliated with the national USDA Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). EDEN is a national organization of land-grant universities that links Extension educators from across the United States and throughout various disciplines, enabling them to develop and use resources to reduce the impact of disasters.


    Road Closures

    Please visit the Ulster County Department of Emergency Services webpage on updated road closure information. The list includes locations where the roads are shut down or traffic is currently being affected due to traffic hazards or weather. This list is constantly changing. The county will provide updates to this list throughout the day.

    Stream Gage Monitoring

    Stream gages indicate water levels and serve as an indicator of drought or flooding. Understanding gage information will be an important tool with increasing fluctuations in weather patterns.

    Emergency management and services personnel, as well as citizens, can access daily water level readings from the following websites:  

    United States Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Dashboard

    The gages in the surrounding streams can provide important data relating to residents and the safety of their homes. Use this interactive map to learn more about discharge, turbidity, and more.


    The USGS Mobile Water Data site highlights USGS current conditions water data in a mobile-friendly website, allowing users to monitor conditions at a favorite river or stream or locate nearby monitoring locations. 

    National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

    You can also visit the National Weather Service webpage for direct access to local information pertaining to the City of Kingston. 


    The Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service provided by the National Weather Service is a helpful tool to evaluate current stream conditions.


    Access Resources

    Emergency Assistance and Shelters

    During an emergency or natural disaster, emergency shelters play a critical role in ensuring the safety, well-being, and survival of affected individuals and communities. These shelters provide a safe haven for those displaced or at risk, offering temporary refuge, basic necessities, and essential services. They offer protection from immediate threats, such as extreme weather conditions, and help mitigate the potential impact of the disaster on vulnerable populations. Emergency shelters also facilitate coordination and support from relief agencies, enabling the efficient distribution of food, water, medical assistance, and emotional support. 


    For access to information pertaining to Ulster County Emergency shelters, visit the Ulster County shelter and center page. The site will be updated when a shelter or center is opened in Ulster County. 

    You can also visit the Red Cross Shelter Map to discover open shelters that are operated by the Red Cross or partner agencies. 

    Warming and Cooling Centers


    Warming Centers:

    Extreme cold weather events such as blizzards are becoming more likely in the Northeast and are predicted to increase in intensity despite rising temperatures and shortened winters. Warming centers can ensure your safety and prevent exposure to dangerous and inclement weather. 


    Law Enforcement agencies or any other organizations that come in contact with or become aware of any individuals that need shelter can bring them to the warming center.

    Warming Centers will open when there is a temperature that drops below 32 degrees.


    Location: 2nda Iglesias La Misión Church, 80 Elmendorf St, Kingston NY

    Warming Center Transportation: UCAT 845-340-3333


    For up-to-date information on county-operated warming centers, visit the Ulster County Emergency Services webpage or check the Ulster County Facebook page for updates. 


    Cooling Center:

    Planning for extreme heat is critical for ensuring the long-term resilience of a community and reducing the number of deaths and hospitalizations that occur during high-heat events. Cooling centers are air-conditioned spaces where the public can cool down. Air-conditioned libraries, supermarkets, and malls are great places in the community to get cool. Shaded areas of local and state parks or swimming facilities like community pools and beaches are also places you can go to get cool during the summer heat. 


    Law Enforcement agencies or any other organizations that come in contact with or become aware of any individuals that need shelter can bring them to the warming center.


    Cooling Centers will open when there are 3 or more consecutive days above 90 degrees. 


    Location: 2nda Iglesias La Misión Church, 80 Elmendorf St, Kingston NY

    Cooling Center Transportation: UCAT 845-340-3333

    For up-to-date information on county-operated cooling centers, visit the Ulster County Emergency Services webpage or check the Ulster County Facebook page for updates.   


    Food Pantries

    During and after an emergency, residents are encouraged to utilize food pantries. These resources play a vital role in providing essential nourishment to individuals and families facing food insecurity during challenging times. Food pantries help bridge the gap when access to regular food supplies is disrupted or limited due to emergencies such as natural disasters. They offer a lifeline by distributing donated food items and groceries to those in need, ensuring that nobody goes hungry. 


    Reference this map to find which location is closest for you and how to get there via public transportation.  Visit the UlsterCorps website for an updated list of food pantries and relevant resources. 


    You can also reference this map of Ulster County Food Pantries, Meal Programs and UCAT bus lines, developed & maintained by UlsterCorps & Family of Woodstock. 

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    Food and Water Safety

    In the event of an emergency or disaster, access to food, water, and electricity may be limited or scarce. Prepare for yourself and your family by storing emergency food and water supplies.



    During an emergency situation, it's important to take steps to ensure that the food you consume is safe to eat. Here are some food safety and storage tips to follow during and after an emergency:


    1. Keep food at safe temperatures: Keep perishable foods such as meat, poultry, seafood, and dairy products refrigerated at a temperature below 40°F. If there is a power outage, try to keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. Use a thermometer to check the temperature inside the refrigerator and freezer when power is restored.
    2. Use food within recommended timeframes: Check the expiration dates on your food items, and use them within the recommended timeframe. If you are unsure whether a particular food is still safe to eat, use your senses to check for any unusual odors, colors, or textures.

    3. Store food properly: Keep food stored in airtight containers or packaging to prevent contamination from pests and bacteria. Avoid storing food near chemicals, cleaning supplies, or other hazardous materials.

    4. Use clean utensils and surfaces: During an emergency, it's important to use clean utensils and surfaces to prepare and handle food. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and use clean cutting boards, knives, and other utensils.

    5. Cook food thoroughly: Cook all meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs to the proper temperature to kill any harmful bacteria. Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature of cooked food reaches at least 165°F.

    6. Use safe water: Use only safe, clean water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. If you are unsure about the safety of your water supply, boil it for at least one minute before use.
    7. Discard any questionable food: If you suspect that any food may be contaminated, discard it immediately. Don't take any chances with food safety, especially during an emergency situation.

    8. Familiar foods are important and create a feeling of security in times of stress. Try to include foods that you and your family will enjoy and that are also high in calories and nutrition. Foods that require no refrigeration, water, special preparation, or cooking are best.

    Find out more on how to keep food safe before, during, and after emergencies, such as floods, fires, natural disasters, or the loss of power by visiting

    For more questions about food safety, contact the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert or chat live at from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.



    Water safety and storage are critical during an emergency. Here are some tips and resources to help you ensure that you have safe and clean drinking water before, during, and after an emergency:


    - Store enough water: It's recommended to store at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. Store water in clean, airtight containers, and label them with the date they were filled.
    - Rotate stored water: If you're storing water for an extended period, rotate it every six months to keep it fresh.

    - Learn how to purify water: Learn how to purify water in case your stored water runs out. Some methods for purifying water include boiling, using water purification tablets, and using a water filter.

    - Locate emergency water sources: Identify sources of water that you can access in an emergency, such as a nearby lake, river, or well.


    - Use safe water sources: If your regular water supply is compromised, use your stored water or find a safe water source to use. Boil or treat any water from an unknown source before drinking it.

    - Avoid contaminated water: Do not drink water that has a strange color, odor, or taste. Also, avoid water that may be contaminated by chemicals, sewage, or other hazardous materials.


    - Collect and store rainwater: You can also collect rainwater during an emergency. Place a clean container outside to collect the rainwater.



    - Check for safety: Check with your local authorities to see if your water supply is safe to drink. Listen to news reports and follow any instructions from local officials.

    - Purify water: If your water supply is not safe, use a water purification method to make it safe for consumption.

    - Dispose of contaminated water: If you suspect that any water may be contaminated, do not use it for any purpose. Dispose of it properly.


    Resources for food and water safety/storage:

    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County- Food Safety & Emergency Resources

     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Emergency Water Supply Preparation

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Water

     American Red Cross - Water Storage


    Electrical/Gas Outages & Water/Bagged Ice

    Power outages may become more frequent with increased storm intensities due to climate change. Stay informed on outages by using the Central Hudson Interactive Outage Map. In the event of a gas-related emergency, call 911 to contact the local fire department. For information regarding electric and natural gas safety, visit     


    In the event of an emergency, Central Hudson will also distribute dry ice and bottled water to customers in need.

    Customers can stay informed of storm and restoration conditions in the following ways:


    By text messaging: Customers should enroll in Central Hudson’s Texting Program to use text messaging to report their power condition and to obtain repair status. To enroll, visit or text REG to 236483

    On the Web: Visit to report outages and obtain restoration updates

    Via smartphones: Updated free Central Hudson mobile applications are available for Android and Apple devices by logging onto

    Through social media: “Like” Central Hudson on Facebook ( and “Follow” on Twitter (

    By phone: Call the Central Hudson PowerLine at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714, and please use the automated system to report or monitor your power condition.


    If a member of your household needs electricity to operate life-sustaining equipment, please contact customer service at (845) 452-2700.


    Power Line Safety

    Downed power lines can be extremely dangerous and can cause severe injury or death. Here is some detailed information and resources on how to stay safe when there are downed power lines after a storm:

    Stay away from downed power lines: Always assume that any downed power line is energized and dangerous. Stay at least 10 feet away from the downed line and anything that it may be touching.

    Avoid contact with anything in contact with the downed line: If a power line has fallen on a car, fence, or tree, avoid touching these objects as they may be energized.


    Never attempt to move a downed power line: Only trained professionals should handle downed power lines. If you see a downed power line, call your local power company or emergency services immediately.


    If you're in a vehicle that encounters a downed power line: Stay inside the vehicle and wait for help to arrive. If you must exit the vehicle, jump out with both feet together, landing on the ground without touching the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Shuffle away from the vehicle, always keeping your feet close together and on the ground.


    Report downed power lines: If you see a downed power line, report it to your local power company or emergency services immediately.


    Additional Resources: 

    Central Hudson – Electrical Safety 

     Electrical Safety Foundation International - Downed Power Lines

     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Power Outages – Power Outages



    Generator Safety

    In the event of an electric failure, generators are typically used as a source of secondary power. Unfortunately, this emergency equipment can present serious health and safety concerns.  The following information is sourced from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Red Cross, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The primary hazards that arise when using a generator include: 


    Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning 

    - Install CO alarms in central locations with your home. Test batteries frequently and replace when necessary. Ensure alarms are located on every level and in close vicinity to sleeping areas to ensure proper warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.  
    - Never use a generator inside a closed space, including but not limited to, homes, garages, basements, crawlspaces, or any partially enclosed area.   

    - Ensure devices are outdoors and are kept away from doors, windows, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to circulate indoors. 
    - CO cannot be seen or smelled, leading to incapacitation or death. Do not attempt to use fans, open doors, or windows to allow for air flow. Rather, if you begin to feel sick, dizzy, or weak – get to fresh air immediately and seek medical attention. Do not re-enter the area until it is determined to be safe by trained and properly equipped personnel.  



    - Generators increase in temperature while running and may remain hot even after they are stopped. Ensure proper cool off time before refueling, relocating the generator or placing objects nearby. 

    - Generator fuels (gasoline, kerosene, etc.) are flammable and will ignite when spilled on a hot engine part. All fuels should be stored in containers with proper designs, ventilation, and labeling for contents. Fuels should NOT be stored in the home.  




    - Always use heavy-duty extension cords when connecting a generator to other appliances. 

    - An increase in voltage or a surge to outside power lines can occur when hooking your generator directly into your home power supply. This action could lead to potential injuries or electrocution of utility linemen but may also bypass circuit protection devices, resulting in a surge electricity leading to major injury or death. 



    Additional Resources: 

    Generator safety video (Includes American Sign Language (ASL) translation) 

    How to operate a generator

    CDC carbon monoxide video or call 800-232-4636 


    Electric Car Charging Stations

    In the event of an emergency, visit NYSERDA’s Electric Vehicle Station Locator to find nearby electric charging station locations. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides up-to-date information on alternative fueling station locations.


    Download the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s mobile application available for Android and Apple devices.

    For parking in an emergency situation, residents can utilize the Cornell St. lot. 


    Pets and Livestock

    The best way to protect your household from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet or livestock owner, that plan must include your pets and livestock. Proper planning and preparedness measures, such as creating emergency kits, securing shelter, and identifying evacuation routes, can help safeguard our pets and livestock.


    Pet Owners:

    Your pets are important members of your family, so they need to be included in your family’s emergency plan.

    Visit for more information and resources. 
    Learn how to prepare a disaster plan for your pet by visiting

    Create a pet emergency preparedness kit.

    The Ulster County Animal Response Team (UCART) can also offer humane care and treatment of animals in case of a disaster or other situations that cause animal suffering by rescuing, relocating, fostering, etc.; and will assist in protecting public health concerns where humans and animals interact.

    Cold Weather Pet Safety by the American Veterinary Medical Association: Resources and steps to take to keep a variety of different pets safe during winter weather.

    Pets and Disasters from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): How to make a disaster plan and evacuation kit and information on sheltering in place or sheltering during an evacuation.

    Pet-friendly lodging information is available from

    Animals in Evacuation Shelters Many shelters cannot accommodate pets; this page from the CDC covers ways to minimize health risks if animals are housed in a public evacuation shelter. 

    Protecting Pets and Livestock from Wildfire Smoke. 


    Livestock Owners:

    Livestock play critical roles in agriculture and food production. Safeguarding them during emergencies helps sustain our communities and the broader economy. Consider the following tips when learning how to protect your livestock during an emergency.

     Sign up for the Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County Agriculture and Horticulture Newsletter for updates and information on livestock and more!

     Do you have a plan for your livestock should disaster strike? Use this checklist to prepare. 

    Keep identification and medical records handy, including vaccination records, ownership information, and any special instructions or requirements for each animal

    Stay up to date on emerging diseases at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center and via the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.   

     Dairy and Livestock Farm: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Guide

     Learn about caring for livestock after a disaster

     New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) is the official source of information for agriculture which includes the animal industry division.

    Protecting Pets and Livestock from Wildfire Smoke.


    Post Emergency Resources

    For post-emergency assistance services, visit the Hudson Valley Red Cross webpage to learn more. 

    For general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community, and your life back to normal, visit 

    For up-to-date information on county-operated and organized resources, visit the Ulster County Emergency Services webpage or check the Ulster County Facebook page for updates.   

    Mental Health

    After a natural disaster, several mental health resources are available to help individuals and communities cope with the emotional and psychological impact of the event. 

    Family of Woodstock offers valuable mental health resources to support individuals in need. Their mental health services provide a range of support options for adults facing emotional challenges. Whether you're seeking counseling, therapy, or access to support groups, their dedicated professionals create a safe and compassionate environment where individuals can openly discuss their concerns and receive the care they deserve. 

    Disaster Distress Helpline: The Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support for individuals experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster. The helpline is free, confidential, and available to everyone. You can call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor.

    Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program: The Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) is a federal program that provides short-term counseling and support to individuals and communities affected by a disaster. The program is designed to help people cope with the immediate emotional and psychological effects of the disaster and can provide referrals to longer-term mental health services if needed.

    Mental Health America: Mental Health America is a national organization that provides resources and support for individuals struggling with mental health issues, including those related to a disaster. Their website offers a variety of resources, including fact sheets, guides, and tips for coping with disaster-related stress and trauma.


    Local mental health services: After a disaster, local mental health services may be available to provide counseling and support to those affected. Check with your local health department or mental health agency for information on available services.

    It's essential to prioritize mental health and seek support if needed after a disaster. Remember, it's okay to ask for help, and there are resources available to support you.