LEWISBORO, N.Y. – In anticipation of power outages that could result from Hurricane Sandy, the Katonah-Lewisboro School District canceled school for both Monday and Tuesday, and the Town of Lewisboro declared a state of emergency as of 7 p.m. Sunday evening.
“People should realize (the state of emergency) is an administrative thing,” Lewisboro Supervisor Peter Parsons said. “It enables me to take what action I believe is necessary instead of having to call a meeting every five minutes.”
Officials declared the Town House as its emergency operations center during the storm and established a hurricane hot line that people can call for information: 914-977-8043.
“It will be manned 24 hours a day as of 7 p.m. Sunday evening for the duration of the emergency,” Parsons said. “It’s for people to get information. If they are anxious about something, they can call that line. But if they need ambulance, fire department or police for some type of emergency, they should still dial 911.”
The town will post information updates at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily on the town’s website and will provide information to WHUD 100.7 FM for broadcast. If the town loses its servers and the website goes down, officials created a backup website at www.Lewisboroemergency.com.
“We will also post bulletins at Town House and firehouses and in all the shopping centers,” Parsons said. “On Channel 20 in Lewisboro, there will be slides during program breaks giving information.”
Parsons said residents should assume they will lose cable, land line phones and electrical service and take all necessary precautions, such as filing the car with gas, having flashlights and filling bathtubs with water. Officials also said that if people need prescriptions filled, now is the time to do it.
“They should also charge mobile devices while we still have power and, above all, keep themselves safe,” Parsons said. “All downed wire should be assumed to be live and avoided. When there is a barrier across a road it is there for a good reason; don’t move it and drive on.”
Parsons said the town has been in contact with NYSEG.
“NYSEG assures us they are bringing in people from all over the country – as far away as Wisconsin,” he said. “We have offered NYSEG to use Town Park as a staging area and hope they will use it. We will be urging them to help us with dry ice as they normally do during power outages.”
Joan Dooley, dog control officer for Lewisboro and Pound Ridge, is alerting dog owners who have invisible fences that when the power goes off the fences cease to work.
“Please keep this in mind and be certain that your dog is wearing a tag with address and phone number in the event the do escape,” she said.
Adam Ochs, of Lewisboro Emergency Management, reminds motorists to stay off the roads during the storm in order to avoid hindering emergency vehicles that may need to pass.