LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The Lewisboro Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and town officials are in throes getting the town ready to face whatever Hurricane Sandy may have in store, and they have some advice for residents to prepare for the worse.
“The town has its emergency management plan posted to the town of Lewisboro website (http://www.lewisborogov.com/Emergencyservices/index.html). All residents should look it over before an emergency,” said Town Board member Frank Kelly. “The plan identifies the emergency operations center and how information will be disseminated."
In the event of an emergency, the town will periodically post information at the firehouses and Town House concerning the status and anticipated recovery times. Officials will also use the Internet, radio, television and print media outlets to the extent available to periodically update the emergency status.
The Daily Voice also will offer regular updates before, during and after the emergency.
Adam Ochs of the OEM said putting together an emergency kit before the storm arrives is a good idea. The kit should contain:
- Drinking water and non-perishable food items
- First aid supplies and medications
- Some hand tools such as a wrench, pliers, and screwdriver
- Alcohol-based sanitizer
- First Aid supplies and three-day supply of vital medications
- Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
- Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
- Assorted sizes of safety pins
- Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Antibiotic ointment
- Battery-operated radio, extra batteries
- Flashlight, extra batteries
- Duct tape
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Unscented household chlorine bleach
- Feminine supplies
- Personal hygiene items
“We don't want to be alarmists but this might just be a good time to practice some preparedness thinking for families,” Kelly said. “Remember to charge your electronic communications devices before any anticipated weather event. It is wise to purchase automobile adapters for your communication devices, should the emergency be sustained.”
Kelly said that people with special needs, such as electricity-dependent medical apparatus should make extra plans and should have precautionary measures in place. “If they do not, we recommend they contact the town, fire department, police department and/or local hospital for particular help with their requirements,” he said.
“Remember to yield the right of way to first responders in the event of emergency, and be guided by any instruction you receive from them in the event of emergency.”
For power issues or downed power lines, call NYSEG at 800-572-1131. Residents who depend on electrical medical equipment can notify NYSEG now at 800-572-1111.
NYSEG also cautions people to not go near downed power lines.
Check back regularly with The Lewisboro Daily Voice for continued updates on Hurricane Sandy.