Friday, March 02, 2018
Monticello, NY – Sullivan County Manager Joshua Potosek has declared a State of Emergency for Sullivan County effective 12:00 PM Friday, March 2, 2018 to 12:00 AM Saturday, March 3, 2018, due to significant impacts from the ongoing nor’easter.
A State of Emergency is issued under Article 2B of New York State Executive Law. The County of Sullivan is communicating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service to discuss the potential track of the storm.
“I have declared the State of Emergency in Sullivan County to ensure the safety of the county residents,” said Potosek. “All County offices other than 24-hour facilities are closed today, and citizens should stay off all roads Countywide.”
The declaration is in effect from now until 12:00 AM (midnight) on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and bans non-essential travel on all County and local roads. This prohibition does not apply to vehicles engaged in road maintenance due to the storm or those traveling to or from their jobs in relation to these duties, along with medical and healthcare personnel, public employees designated as essential personnel, utility operators and repair personnel, and volunteers or employees of non-profit organizations providing emergency assistance associated with the storm.
As of 12:30 p.m. today, the following County Routes are closed: 12 and 13 (Route 55 between Eldred and White Lake), 21 and 22 (Barryville and Yulan), 26 (Crystal Lake Road), 32 (between Glen Spey and Eldred), 71 (Ferndale) and NYS Route 97 (between Narrowsburg and the Orange County line near Port Jervis).
Please check the Sullivan County website www.co.sullivan.ny.us and Facebook page www.facebook.com/sullivancountygov for updates, and if power is lost, please tune into the local radio stations for regular updates. There will also be updated information if at any time local shelters will be opened.
Residents can prepare for this or any other emergency in severe weather:
• Review their household disaster plan. Know how to contact all family members at all times. Identify an out-of-town friend or family member to be the “emergency family contact.” Then make certain all family members have that number. Designate a family emergency meeting point; some familiar location where the family can meet in the event the home is accessible.
• Have on hand a three day supply of food and water. One gallon of water per person per day is rule plus water for personal hygiene. Food on hand should not require refrigeration or heating.
• Prepare an emergency phone list of people and organizations that may need to be called. Include children’s schools, doctors, child/senior care providers, and insurance agents.
• Ensure that enough non-perishable food and water supplies are on hand. Make sure battery-operated radios and flashlights are available and have an ample supply of batteries. Have a first aid kit available and make sure there is an ample supply of medicines on hand for those who require them.
• Pay attention to the news. Know the local radio and television stations that will provide up-to-date official information during an emergency.
• Know the hurricane/storm risks in their areas, and learn the storm surge history and area’s elevation.
• Learn their community’s warning signals and evacuation plans.
• Learn safe routes inland and local sheltering plans.
• Make arrangements on where to relocate pets during a storm because most shelters will not allow pets.
• Store important documents – insurance policies, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security cards, etc. – in a waterproof container. Also, have cash (in small bills), checkbook, credit and ATM cards readily available.
One of the best ways that residents can receive emergency information is from NY-ALERT, New York State’s All-hazards Alert and Notification Systems. To subscribe for this service, visit www.nyalert.gov. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may still sign up for NY-ALERT by calling 1-888-697-6972.
For more information about this press release, please contact Dan Hust, Director of Communications, at 845-807-0456 or 845-707-1060.