Ballston Spa Community Center Achieves Certification as an American Red Cross Operated Disaster Shelter – Saratogian

BALLSTON SPA, NY – In partnership with the American Red Cross, the Ballston Area Community Center (BACC) has received certification as a Managed Disaster Shelter for up to 200 people.

This process includes the installation of a standby generator for the entire building which was partially funded by a Saratoga County non-profit COVID relief grant fund.

Ensuring that people have a safe place to stay during a disaster is now a critical part of BACC’s mission. The emergency shelter provides a safe place to sleep, food, healthcare and support for disaster victims.

In 2021, the Ballston Spa Village Public Employers Health Contingency Plan noted the lack of accommodation capacity for the community.

“This new emergency shelter designation will help alleviate that concern,” BACC Deputy Director Colleen Russo said in a press release. “Having additional backup power will allow our facility to better serve as an emergency shelter in the event of a power outage, which often accompanies disasters.”

The BACC, located at 20 Malta Ave. in Ballston Spa, is a non-profit corporation, licensed by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services, that provides essential community services to more than 400 children in Saratoga County. It is a long-standing community organization that provides child care, universal pre-kindergarten and adolescent programs to enhance the social, emotional, economic and educational development of youth and families in the region, regardless of their social or economic background.

More information about the BACC and its services is available online at or by calling (518) 885-3261.

During a disaster, if emergency assistance is needed, residents should contact their local police and fire departments. For location and access to shelters, residents can contact their local Red Cross.

Jill E. Washington