Albany County
175 Green Street | Albany, NY 12202
Phone: (518) 447-4580 | Fax: (518) 447-4698
Elizabeth F. Whalen, MD, MPH, Commissioner

Department of Health


The Albany County Department of Health strives to protect and promote the health of individuals, families, and communities. We work with many other community partners to offer a variety of programs and services to achieve our mission and accomplish the following:

  • Prevent communicable and chronic diseases, injuries, and disabilities;
  • Protect against environmental hazards that threaten health and safety; 
  • Promote the health and wellness of our citizens and our communities; and
  • Prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.

I encourage you to browse this web site to get more information about the programs and services that we provide. We have a dedicated staff of public health and administrative professionals who are committed to enhancing the health of the Albany County community. Our programs affect everyone who lives in our neighborhoods, eats in our restaurants, works, plays, or even visits us in Albany County! Please call upon our department if we can provide additional information or be of assistance to you.

Elizabeth F. Whalen, MD, MPH

What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly

  • In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids; stay in the lowest level of your home; put on, light-colored clothing to prevent heat-related illness.
  • If the power is out longer than two hours, throw away perishable food that has a temperature higher than 40°F.
  • Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
  • If the power is out, use flashlights or other battery-powered lights.

For further information to help you prepare for and cope with sudden loss of power please visit these websites:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out UnexpectedlyInformation about food & water safety, extreme heat & cold, and other important facts about caring for yourself and those around you during a power outage – Refrigerated Food and Power Outages: When to Save and When to Throw Out

NYS Dept of Health – Don't Be Left in the Dark - Weathering Floods, Storms and Power Outages

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