The Birches at Saugerties

Emergency Guide


In the event of a fire emergency, it is very important to follow the rules outlined below for everyone’s safety. If there is a fire in an apartment, the smoke detector will sound. When you hear the alarm, please follow these steps:

  2. Touch any interior door prior to opening it. If the door is not hot, open the door and exit your apartment. If your door is hot, that may indicate the fire is outside the door, so do not open the door. If you are on the ground floor and can safely exit out the window, do so. If you are unable to exit out of the window, open your window and yell for help so the fire personnel can aide you in exiting the building.
  3. If an apartment in your building group has a smoke detector going off monitor the situation and be prepared to move outside.
  4. Once outside the building, please go as far from the building as possible. Call 911 from a cell phone to report the fire and stay on the line. If there are fire personnel onsite, follow their instructions for everyone’s safety.

Please be aware that your personal property is not insured with our insurance company. We encourage you to purchase renters’ insurance. If you need help in locating an insurance agent, please contact the office at 845-246-7568 for assistance.

Fire Safety: Due to safety issues and for insurance reasons, burning candles is not allowed at The Birches at Saugerties.

Preparedness Kit

Whether it’s prolonged winter blizzards, hurricanes, or just a snap of very cold (or very hot) weather, it is especially important for our senior residents to have a preparedness kit put aside for emergencies. So here’s a list of things to place in a sturdy bag.

Flashlight with extra batteries (check these batteries at least once a year)

Water bottles (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation).

Prescriptions (the list of prescriptions you take) and a few days supply of critical medicine. Check with your doctor’s office for “samples” for this purpose.

Food, at least a three day supply of non-perishable food.

First aid kit.

Whistle to signal for help.

Moist towelettes for personal sanitation.

The list can go on, and you can adjust it to your personal needs.


When we have a hurricane or severe storm warning, residents need to remove any personal belongings such as wind chimes, planters, chairs, etc. from the outside of your apartment. This is for your safety as well as to protect your personal belonging. Store items inside your unit and keep them inside until the storm passes completely. If you require help moving anything, please call the office at845-246-7568.


While The Birches at Saugerties is not in an earthquake prone area, we occasionally have had some rumblings. So just in case, we’re posting some of FEMA’s advice on what to do if you find yourself experiencing an earthquake:


  • Take cover under a sturdy desk, table, or bench or against an inside wall, and hold on. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Stay in bed – if you are there when the earthquake strikes – hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, loadbearing doorway.
  • Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Most injuries during earthquakes occur when people are hit by falling objects when entering into or exiting from buildings.
  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or fire alarms may turn on.


  • Stay there.
  • Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.