ALBANY, NY - Albany area hotels are preparing for emergency situations as Hurricane Sandy approaches landfall in New York State, according to the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In the event that a family needs to be displaced from their home due to emergency conditions, and they prefer not to stay in an emergency shelter, hotels have the space to comfortably accommodate them until it is safe for them to return to their home. Many hotels are equipped with generators to keep the electricity on, and have either a restaurant or small appliances within the rooms to keep food from spoiling.

"Our hoteliers are trained to handle emergency situations including natural disasters and have the ability to provide a safe environment during inclement weather," states Michele Vennard, President/CEO of the ACCVB. "Hotels are a comfortable alternative to emergency shelters in the unfortunate event that disaster strikes."

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About the ACCVB:
The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 or visit