"Never say never," said Tarrytown Rec Director Joe Arduino.
Turns out the impossible is possible. Two years in a row, Halloween may be threatened by a big storm.
Sleepy Hollow Lieutenant Anthony Bueti described last year’s storm as a “killer” that he “never saw coming.”
Now as we anxiously watch the hurricane’s red eye moving north, the region begins to brace itself for the worst...again.
County Executive Robert Astorino on Friday urged Westchester residents to take some steps now to ensure they are prepared in case Westchester is affected by flooding, high winds or other events associated with hurricanes and tropical storms.
“All relevant county departments are preparing in case this storm seriously impacts us,” Astorino said. “We hope we will not be severely affected by Sandy, but we must be prepared.”
Sleepy Hollow’s Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio said the village participated in a county-wide emergency preparation call Friday morning. Following that village emergency service officials met to discuss a local plan.
These recommendations sent out by Village Clerk Paula McCarthy came out of that meeting (and are updated here to include contact info for villages for the county):
In preparation for the anticipated storm, the Village’s Emergency Services is recommending that residents take the following safety precautions:
- Have two days supply of food, water and medication available.
- Charge all cell phones.
- Have flashlights and new batteries readily available.
- Check on your elderly neighbors.
- All loose construction materials; such as scaffolding and ladders should be well secured.
- All lawn furniture and decorations, toys and garbage cans should not be left outdoors.
- Make sure your storm drains are clear of debris and leaves.
- Do not place leaves at the curb until after the storm is over.
- Generators MUST be left outdoors.
- For power outages: call Con Ed for power outage or gas and electrical service problems at (800) 75-CONED; call NYSEG electricity power outage at (800) 572-1131; or NYSEG for gas power outage at (800) 572-1121.
- Call the SH Police Dept (631-0800) or TT Police Dept (631-5544) to report any fallen trees, power lines down and flooding conditions depending on your village.
- For all emergencies call “911”
- We will continue to bring you updates; stay safe!
In addition, reports Giaccio, the DPW will be clearing catch basins to reduce the chance of flooding. Both the fire department and ambulance corps will be on standby beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, he said.
Sleepy Hollow so far reports no events cancelled yet, but stay tuned for updates.
For non-emergency information, the county reminds residents to use the 211 number. United Way’s 211 helpline offers information about shelters, evacuation routes, road closures, recovery services, power outages, donations, volunteer opportunities, and other disaster-related services. Call specialists can communicate with callers in more than 250 languages. The line is available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week with expanded hours possible during emergencies.
Town Supervisor Paul Feiner is preparing the town of Greenburgh; here's what he's doing here.
Find out how the MTA is gearing up here.
Finally, the Red Cross helps us prepare a storm kit here.
Be safe, and stay tuned for more updates. Until then, enjoy the festivities to come.