Be careful in bad weather.
Westchester County Urges Residents to be Prepared for Severe Weather
County Legislator Alfreda Williams reminds us that Westchester County is reminding
residents to review their emergency plans and stock up on necessary
supplies so they are prepared during hurricane season.
to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a shortage of various items in our
stores in recent months. I am once again urging our residents to
replenish those supplies in case they have to shelter-in-place without
power or evacuate their home on short notice,” County Executive George
Latimer said. “Severe storms can occur at any time.”
said residents should have several days’ worth of food, water, medicine
and other critical supplies like flashlights and batteries on hand in
the event they are stuck in their homes due to flooding or a power
He also directed all County government departments to assess their preparedness for severe weather and coastal storms.
John M. Cullen of the Department of Emergency Services (DES) said
hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. He recommended that
people create a disaster preparedness kit that includes: one gallon of
water per person per day; a three-day supply of canned, packaged or
other foods that do not need refrigeration or need to be cooked; a
manual can opener and eating utensils; flashlights and batteries; a
first aid kit; and a battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
that can be stored include ready-to-eat canned meats and fish; protein
or fruit bars; dry cereal and granola; peanut butter; nuts; crackers and
canned fruit juice.
Cullen said residents can do the following to enhance their preparedness:
- Make a plan
by creating a personal support network and developing a communications
plan with friends and family. Put the plan in writing and share it.
Consider the needs of pets or service animals.
- Build a kit
- Ensure that your kit has all the items you may need if asked to evacuate or shelter-in-place.
you already have an emergency preparedness kit or go-bag, be sure to
check expiration dates and re-stock as needed, including medications and
food products. Have copies of important documents.
- Be informed
- Know the hazards to which your community is most vulnerable and take steps to mitigate damage to your property in advance.
how you can access official information and instructions in an
emergency, such as official websites and social media accounts as well
as traditional media outlets.
- Get involved
disaster strikes consider volunteering for the County Medical Reserve
Corps, your local Community Emergency Response Team or the American Red
an emergency; remember family, friends and neighbors who may need
additional assistance, such as older adults or someone with a
Amler, MD, commissioner of the Department of Health, said food safety
and generator safety are essential during any power outage or emergency.
If you lose power, she said here’s how to ensure you feed your family safely:
your refrigerator closed as much as possible. Do not assume
refrigerated foods are safe. If food is still fully frozen, it is safe
that have warmed to room temperature for more than two hours or have
come into contact with flood waters should be discarded. When in doubt,
throw it out.
a prolonged outage, these foods are potentially hazardous if not stored
below 45 degrees Fahrenheit and should be discarded: meat, poultry,
seafood, cold cuts, hot dogs, eggs, cream, sour cream, yogurt, milk,
custards, puddings, soft and shredded cheeses, cut fruit, cooked
vegetables, pasta, casseroles, unbaked cookie and bread dough, gravy,
creamy salad dressings, fish sauces, hoisin sauce, opened spaghetti
sauce and garlic in oil.
- After disposing of spoiled food, disinfect the refrigerator to avoid further contamination.
- Discard any cans of food that are rusted, dented or opened.
appliances are wet, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or
circuit breaker. Then, unplug appliances and let them dry out. Have
appliances checked by a professional before using them again.
clean-up can produce a great deal of garbage, which invites insects and
rodents. Store your garbage in watertight, rodent/insect-proof
containers with tight-fitting covers.
Residents and business owners with generators are reminded of the following safety tips:
run a generator in a basement, garage, porch or carport. Generators
produce carbon monoxide that can quickly be lethal indoors. Only
operate a generator outdoors and away from open windows.
not exceed the rated capacity of your generator. Overloading your
generator can damage it and any appliances connected to it. Fire may
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
If you lose power, call Con Edison or NYS Electric and Gas directly. The phone numbers are: Con Ed power outage or gas and electrical service problems: (800) 75-CONED; NYSEG electricity power outage: (800) 572-1131; NYSEG gas power outage: (800) 572-1121.
Other practical tips and guidance can be found at:
https://emergencyservices.westchestergov.com/indian-point/having-a-go-bag and www.ready.gov.
Last updated July 31, 2020