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State of Emergency and advisories issued

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Albany

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings has declared a State of Emergency for the city.

Jennings says to take the storm seriously and stock up on batteries, flashlights, food, water and any household items you may need. The mayor is also asking Albany residents to avoid doing laundry Sunday during the expected height of the storm and to secure lawn furniture, and items outside your home that could blow away.

The City of Albany is also activating a storm command center beginning at Midnight on Sunday. Residents can call 434-4522 to report downed trees, flooding or get assistance with any power outages.

Albany County

Albany County is asking that all residents remain off of roads, even through the weather has subsided, especially in the hill town of Albany County, like Clarksville and Coeymans. There are still reports of vast flooding across roads and areas of washed out roads.


Bethlehem

A State of Emergency has been declared for Bethlehem as of August 28, 2011. All pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing and parking is prohibited, except for the provisions of designated essential services, such as fire, police and hospital services, including transportation of patients thereto, utility emergency repair and emergency calls by physicians.

Castleton

Residents of Castleton are urged to evacuate the area and seek shelter. The evacuation is not mandatory. Police and fire personnel will be going door to door in the area to advise residents and provide details regarding shelters. If you have questions you can call (518) 477-8077.

Chester

A State of Emergency is in effect until 9 a.m. on September 1st, 2011. No parking on the Village streets during this period of time.

Clifton Park

A State of Emergency for the town of Clifton Park has been issued due to the life threatening effects of Tropical Storm Irene. The State of Emergency directs all necessary town resources to be used to stabilize and reduce the imminent risk to life and property and directs the public to avoid all unnecessary travel.

Officials have been manning the phones at town hall for any residents who have specific questions. That number is (518) 371-6651.

Town of Coeymans & Village of Ravena

Town of Coeymans Supervisor James Youmans and Village of Ravena Mayor John Bruno have declared a state of Emergency in the Town of Coeymans and Village of Ravena.

Power is out in large portions of the town served. Power went out at approximately 8:00 am. A mandatory evacuation order was issued by Supervisor Youmans for Miller Road and Kruger Road which is quickly being overtaken by water. Anyone who does not leave has been requested to provide police with the names of their next of kin.

An emergency shelter has been established at the RCS High School, the shelter is scheduled to open at 10:00 am. Anyone evacuating their homes is requested to make arrangements with friends and family if possible. If they are unable to make such arrangements utilize the shelter. Anyone who is using the shelter is asked to bring bedding, a change of clothes and any necessary medications.

Colonie

The Town of Colonie began preparing several days ago for the possibility of significant adverse weather conditions as a result of Hurricane Irene. The Town’s Emergency Management Team has been activated in order to coordinate the Town’s response to flooding and other outcomes of the storm. Activities during the storm will be coordinated from the Town’s Emergency Operations Center in the Public Safety Building.

All the Town’s Emergency Services groups, including the police, EMS, and the fire departments stand ready to be deployed as needed.

"I want to assure our residents that the Town has done everything possible to prepare in advance for this storm. We stand ready to mount a coordinated and forceful response as the storm progresses," said Colonie Town Supervisor Paula A. Mahan.

Also beginning this week, crews from the Department of Public Works were working to assure that storm drains are clear and functioning optimally, and DPW crews will be deployed as necessary over the weekend.

While the Town is making every advance effort to assure optimal functioning of storm drains, the possibility of 6 to 12 inches of heavy rain within a short time will overwhelm any system. Should the need arise, Albany County has agreements with the Red Cross for the activation and operation of emergency shelters. Specific information on shelters will be provided to the media in the event they are needed.

During the storm Town of Colonie residents are advised to use the following phone numbers:

  • For any emergency, including flooding in the home, call 911.

  • For non-emergencies or information, call 783-2744.

  • To report power outages and downed power lines to National Grid, for both residential and commercial customers: 1-800-867-5222

Residents are cautioned to stay away from downed power lines; not to run generators inside the house and to disconnect them before power is returned; and to secure any outdoor furniture that may be blown about in severe winds. Residents should also be sure to have adequate food, water, batteries, medicine and a battery-powered radio on hand prior to the anticipated onset of the storm.


Columbia County

A State of Emergency has been declared for the County of Columbia from 2 p.m. Saturday though 5 p.m. Monday, August 29th.

The State of Emergency has been declared for preparedness and emergency conditions produced by heavy rains and winds causing hazardous conditions. There is to be no unnecessary travel during this time period, except for Emergency Services and Highway Road Personnel.


Crawford

A State of Emergency is in effect for the Town of Crawford from 9 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011 until further notice.

Fallsburg

A State of Emergency has been issued for the Town Fallsburg from Sunday at 12 a.m. until Monday, August 29th at 12 p.m.

Glenville

A State of Emergency has been declared for the Town of Glenville until further notice.

Also, all non-emergency phone lines are out of service, however, 911 is working.


Highland Falls

The village is in a State of Emergency as of 8 p.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. on Monday. This means no vehicles on the roads, due to expecting high flooding.

Marlboro

Route 9W is closed as well as secondary roads due to flooding. Residents are asked to stay inside to allow highway and emergency personnel to get around.

Monroe

A State of Emergency has been declared for the Town of Monroe until Monday.

Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Emergency Management Office and the Sheriff of Montgomery County reiterate that there is a Declaration of a State of Emergency for the entire county.

There shall be no unnecessary travel. There are many road and bridge closures including the main arteries of State Hightway 5 and 5S. All bridges crossing the Schoharie Creek are also closed, severly limiting travel opportunities.

The County of Montgomery buildings will be closed until further notice as ordered by the Chairman Thomas L. Quackenbush. Any employees who are required to report to work will be contacted by their respective department head.

Newburgh

A State of Emergency is in effect for the City of Newburgh from 8 a.m. Saturday, August 27th, 2001 until 8 a.m. Thursday, September 1st, 2011.

Pittsfield, Mass.

Mayor James M. Ruberto declared a State of Emergency in Pittsfield as of 3 p.m. Friday, after representatives from eleven City departments and Pittsfield Public Schools met with representatives from Western Massachusetts Electric, Berkshire Health Systems, Elder Services of Berkshire County, Vox Communications, County Ambulance, the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, and the American Red Cross, to establish an emergency response plan for Hurricane Irene, expected to hit the area over the weekend.

The storm is anticipated to strike during the day on Saturday, carry through Sunday, with increasing intensity Sunday afternoon and evening, and taper out on Monday. Recovery and remediation efforts will continue throughout Monday and beyond. On-street parking is prohibited during states of emergency. All City parking garages and lots will be open and available to residents throughout the weekend.

“We don’t know what this storm will look like when it hits us, it’s changing so fast,” said Mayor Ruberto. “But what we do know is that we will be prepared for just about anything.

“The group that met today brought together departments and agencies from several different industries and arenas. They coordinated their individual emergency plans into a synchronized response plan that will help manage the situation as safely and effectively as possible, and it will keep all residents as safe as possible.”

Approximately 8-12 inches of rain are predicted in this area, and any resulting flooding could be compounded by high rains in the surrounding states. Both Onota and Pontoosuc Lakes were drawn down in preparation for the additional water volume, according to Jim McGrath, the City’s Natural Resources Manager. City crews have been working for several days to clear all catch basins and minimize backup. Residents are asked to clear any new debris that collects on drains, but only if they can do so safely.

Pittsfield Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Czerwinski said residents are encouraged to shelter-in-place by staying home as long as possible. If it becomes necessary to evacuate, people are encouraged to evacuate to a friend or relative’s home.

If it is determined that an evacuation shelter is necessary, the City’s primary shelter location will be Reid Middle School, at 950 North Street. Its opening will be announced via local media, including the City’s website, cityofpittsfield.org, Pittsfield Community Television, and WBEC AM 1420, and Live 95.9 FM. If there is a power outage, emergency announcements will be made on AM 1420, and 89.7 FM. Residents are reminded that if they have internet-based (VOiP) telephone service, they will lose phone service if the power goes out.

The American Red Cross will manage the shelter, which will be equipped with cots, pillows and blankets, and Red Cross staff will provide basic First Aid treatment. Anyone evacuating to a shelter should bring several days’ supply of any required medications with you. Medications will not be available at the shelter.

In the event that the shelter is opened, a Disaster Animal Response Team will set up a shelter for household pets at the adjacent Springside Park. Animals will not be allowed in the shelter Reid Middle School.

John Tulloch, Customer Relations Manager for Western Mass. Electric Company, said residents are strongly urged to stay away from downed trees and utility wires, and should call 911 to report both. The proper authorities will check for downed wires and determine when it is safe to remove the tree.

Emergency response team members asked for residents’ patience during the cleanup and recovery. The primary focus will be life-threatening emergencies, public safety, and keeping roads open for safety and security reasons. Debris removal and other non-critical situations will take last priority.

“This will be a multi-jurisdictional, multi-community event that will impact a large geographical area,” said Major Thomas Grady, of the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department. “Incidents of this magnitude and speed may quickly overwhelm available resources, and residents are asked to be patient.”

“Please, stay home, stay off the roads, and stay away from downed wires, trees and puddles,” said Chief Czerwinski. “You may think you’re splashing around in a puddle and having fun, but you could actually be playing in raw sewage.”

The City asks residents to help minimize storm damage by trimming dead or hanging tree branches, and by securing or storing all outdoor items including furniture, decorations, plants, wind chimes, bird feeders, bird baths, lawnmowers, tools and any other items that could be dangerous if blown about by the storm. Residents are particularly asked to remove all political and/or advertising signs from their lawns. Household pets should be brought indoors.

Residents may also call Mass. 211 for more information, and to be directed to available resources in the Commonwealth.


Port Jervis

City of Port Jervis declares State of Emergency from 10 p.m. Saturday until further notice. No vehicles allowed on streets and everything will be closed.


Rensselaer County

In anticipation of the heavy rains and high winds associated with Hurricane Irene forecasted to impact the County on Sunday Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino has declared a State of Emergency.

Residents are strongly urged to make the necessary preparations including:


• Stay home or in a safe location during the storm. Stay away from windows during periods of high winds.
• Stock up on bottled water and food supplies that will last your family three days or longer. This should include supplies for any pets.
• Keep cash on hand in case power outages limit the use of credit cards and bank cards
• Secure all outdoor furniture or objects that could become projectiles in high winds
• Make sure you have flashlights and batteries on hand
• Fully charge your cell phone
• Keep a battery operated radio on hand for news reports and emergency information
• Fill your bathtubs with water for bathing and flushing toilets

In case of a power outage or loss of phone service please refer to the following phone numbers:

National Grid 1-800-642-4272 or 1-800-867-5222
NYSEG 1-800-600-2275 or 1-800-572-1131
Time Warner Cable 1-866-321-2225
Verizon Land Line 1-800-837-4966
Fair Point Communications 1-866-984-2001


Rensselaer County will be opening an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to help coordinate the response effort and any sheltering needs that may arise from hurricane Irene. The EOC will open at 8 am Sunday morning.

Residents are strongly urged to remain indoors and in a safe location during the storm which is expected to begin Sunday morning and last until Sunday evening.

All travel during the storm, unless absolutely vital, is strongly discouraged! Residents living in areas that often flood are urged to seek shelter elsewhere or be prepared to evacuate immediately if necessary.

If you need to report an emergency situation at any time call 911. For non emergency situations call 270-5252. When in doubt, always call 911.

Schenectady County

The County of Schenectady issued a countywide State of Emergency effective immediately until further notice.

This State of Emergency is declared due to a major weather event with the possibility of sustained high winds, localized flooding and loss of power that could lead to public health and safety implications. Travel is limited to Emergency Traffic Only. This will allow the state, county, city, towns, and villages to clear roads of debris and downed power lines as safely and quickly as possible.

It is extremely important that all residents stay in-doors until the storm has passed and report any downed power lines or trees to 911. When the storm passes, residents are to stay away from any downed power lines and report them immediately, as with the possibility of localized flooding it can be extremely dangerous.

Sand Lake


The town of Sand Lake has declared a State of Emergency. They are ordering no unnecessary travel. Due to high water, streams flooding, dangerous roads.

Water is over the dam in Glass Lake. Several homes are flooded and they're evacuating homes in the area.

Routes 43, 150 and 42 are closed

Scoharie County

Harold Vroman, Chairman of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors has declared a
State of Emergency
The Class B designation declared by NYCDEP for the Gilboa Dam will remain in effect for several hours while NYCDEP Engineer Team continue to review and assess conditions at the Gilboa Dam.

This local emergency order is necessary to protect the public from conditions caused by severe flooding. Chairman Vroman is asking that that those residents evacuated remain at their current locations.

New York State is posting a bridge watch on all State and County structures over the Schoharie Creek below the Gilboa Dam with consideration to close these structures at dark. Chairman Vroman is requesting residents not travel on all State or local roads except for evacuation purposes until such time as the water has receded and the roads and structures have been deemed safe for travel.

All County Offices have been closed on Monday, August 29, 2011. Only employees performing essential services are required to work.

The declaration is effective through Monday, August 29, 2011 at 6:00 p.m., at which time the conditions will be reassessed.

If residents have any non-emergency questions please call the Emergency Management Office at 234-3411. The emergency 911 Center is operating for emergency calls.


Shandaken

A shelter has been established at the Bellayre Ski Center in the Town of Shandaken for all residents that have been evacuated from their homes. Anyone proceeding to the shelter should use caution when traveling. Do not drive through flooded roadways or across downed power lines.

For information please call (845) 254-5600.

Sullivan County

Sullivan County has declared a State of Emergency effective 12:01 a.m. Sunday through 5 p.m. Monday.


Troy

An immediate voluntary evacuation of the following parts of Troy is being called:

All neighborhoods from Ferry Street to the Troy-Menands Bridge and from the riverfront to 5th Ave.

All neighborhoods from 112th Street to 126th from the riverfront to 4th Ave

An evacuation order has been issued for River road on the Route 67 side of the river below the hydroelectric generation plant in Johnsonville in the Rensselaer County Town of Pittstown.

The dam at the hydroelectric plant is in eminent danger of failure. This is an evacuation order and all residents in the potentially impacted area are ordered to evacuate.

Residents seeking more information are urged to call the Rensselaer County Emergency Operations Office at 518-266-7685.

Wallkill

A State of Emergency has been declared for the Town of Wallkill as of 4 p.m. Saturday, August 27th. The State of Emergency will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2011.

Warren County

A State of Emergency has been declared for Warren County.


Waterford

Effective immediately the Town and Village of Waterford is declaring a State of Emergency due to the threat of serious flooding. Record flood waters of 29.7 feet in the past have been recorded in the Village and it is predicted that the river will rise to 30.2 feet.

A voluntary evacuation is in place and we are asking that residents leave their home by 7 PM this evening. The area will encompass Broad Street in the Village, south to the river which will include 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Streets and the surrounding area. There is also a mandatory order to remove all vehicles parked within the above described area. Vehicles may be parked in St. Mary’s lot, Methodist Church lot on Middletown Road and the Waterford Halfmoon School lot. An emergency shelter will be opened at the Waterford Halfmoon School.

We are asking that all residents in the described area co-operate in the movement of vehicles and the evacuation of themselves and their families.


PORT AUTHORITY

The Port Authority has announced that it has suspended Airtrain service at John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International Airports as of 3 p.m. Saturday. Bus operations will continue as weather conditions permit.

In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has stated it intends to suspend air traffic control services at three regional airports - John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, and LaGuardia airports - no later than 10 p.m. Saturday. Travelers are urged to contact their carriers prior to leaving for the airport.

The Port Authority is also preparing to implement bridge closures as wind conditions demand and encourages travelers to be prepared to use alternate routes.

Passengers are reminded to check www.panynj.gov for updated information about PATH and all other Port Authority facilities. For further information about safety precautions, evacuation routes and best practices for New Jersey, visit ready.nj.gov; for New York State, visit www.511ny.org; and for New York City, visit www.nyc.gov.


STATE OEM URGES CITIZENS TO BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE IRENE

The New York State Office of Emergency Management urged citizens to be prepared and keep a close eye on Hurricane Irene as it passes through the area today and tomorrow. Irene continues to threaten much of New York State with heavy rain, high winds, flooding, tornadoes, coastal surges, and widespread power outages.

“It is imperative that people continue to listen to local radio and television reports or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information on Irene’s progress,” said Andrew X. Feeney, Director of State OEM. “You should be prepared now to ensure that your family and pets can stay safe through the storm. Families and individuals should have an emergency kit and an emergency plan in place.”

Your emergency kit should include items such as non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, flashlights and extra batteries.

Feeney continued, “Pay attention to Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages that carry local emergency orders, such as evacuation or travel restrictions. If emergency orders are issued, do not hesitate – take immediate action.”

Feeney offered the following tips as Irene approaches:

Before the storm hits:

•Tie down or bring inside lawn furniture, trash cans, tools and hanging plants that could be projectiles during the storm.
•If you have a basement, check sump pumps to ensure they are operating and be prepared to use a backup system.
•Have a standby generator or alternative source of power available.
•Check on neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled.

As the storm approaches:

•Stay inside, away from windows and glass doors.
•Stay off roads. If you are traveling, find safe shelter immediately.

If you must travel:

•DO NOT attempt to drive over flooded roads – turn around and go another way. Water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
•Watch for areas where rivers or streams may suddenly rise and flood, such as highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
•If you are in your car and water begins to rise rapidly around you, abandon the vehicle IMMEDIATELY.

If you are at home or at work:

•Only stay in a home if you have NOT been ordered to leave. Stay inside a well-constructed building.
•In structures such as a home, examine the building and plan in advance what you will do if winds become strong. Strong winds can produce deadly missiles and structural failure.
•Turn refrigerator to maximum cold and open only when necessary.
•Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities.
•Turn off propane tanks.
•Unplug major appliances.
•Fill large containers with water.

If winds become strong:

•Stay away from windows and doors even if they are covered. Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway.
•Close all interior doors. Secure and brace external doors.
•If you are in a two-story house, go to an interior first-floor room, such as a bathroom or closet.
• If you are in a multiple-story building and away from the water, go to the first or second floors and take refuge in the halls or other interior rooms away from the windows.
•Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
•Remain indoors during the hurricane. Do not be fooled by the "eye" or the lull that occurs as the storm center moves overhead. The other side of the hurricane "eye" has winds that will rapidly increase and will come from the opposite direction.

If you lose electrical service:

•Call your utility first to determine area repair schedules. Turn off or unplug lights and appliances to prevent a circuit overload when service is restored. Leave one light on to indicate power has been restored.
•Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to help reduce food spoilage.
•If you have space in your refrigerator or freezer, fill plastic containers with water, leaving an inch of space inside each one. This will help keep food cold.

If you need to use a generator, follow these safety tips:

•Before installing a generator, be sure to properly disconnect from your utility electrical service. If possible, have your generator installed by a qualified electrician.
•Run generators outside, downwind of structures. NEVER run a generator indoors. Deadly carbon monoxide gas from the generator's exhaust can spread throughout enclosed spaces.
•Fuel spilled on a hot generator can cause an explosion. If your generator has a detachable fuel tank remove it before refilling. If this is not possible, shut off the generator and let it cool before refilling.
•Do not exceed the rated capacity of your generator. Most small, home-use portable generators produce 350 to 12,000 watts of power. Overloading your generator can damage it and appliances connected to it, and may cause a fire. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
•Keep children away from generators at all times.

Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning:

•DO NOT operate generators indoors; the motor emits deadly carbon monoxide gas.
•DO NOT use charcoal to cook indoors. It, too, can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide gas.
• DO NOT use your gas oven to heat your home -- prolonged use of an open oven in a closed house can create carbon monoxide gas.
• Install a carbon monoxide alarm.

For the latest information on Hurricane Irene, please visit Governor Cuomo’s website at governor.ny.gov.

The best way to receive emergency information is to subscribe to NY-ALERT, the State’s alert and notification system. Visit www.nyalert.gov.

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