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Putnam County, along with its towns and villages, are in the process of developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan

Putnam County, along with its towns and villages, are in the process of developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).  This plan is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to be eligible for federal grant funding for public and private mitigation projects.   The HMP provides a “blueprint” by which local governments can make coordinated, cost-effective efforts towards reducing losses from natural hazards (flooding, severe storms, severe winter storms, extreme temperatures, etc.).  Available funding can support projects such as drainage improvements, structural elevations, and backup power for schools and critical facilities.  To find out more please visit our project website at http://www.putnamhmp.comand take our citizen preparedness and mitigation survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PutnamHMP.
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Ice fishing ban on Boyd’s Corners Reservoir in Putnam

From LoHud.com

Michael Risinit 10:33 a.m. EDT March 14, 2014

New York City has prohibited ice fishing on its Boyd’s Corners Reservoir in Kent because it will be temporarily drawing more water from it. Removing extra water could cause the ice to collapse, the city said.

KENT – The Boyd’s Corners Reservoir in Putnam County is now closed to ice fishing, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced this week.

The reservoir is part of DEP’s drinking water system that supplies water to New York City and most of Westchester. Even though the ice is still thick on the 300-acre reservoir, according to officials, more water than usual is being taken from the reservoir each day for at least a week.

“This could cause water levels in the reservoir to drop by roughly three feet each day, compromising the strength of ice that built up over winter,” the DEP said in its announcement.

The extra water will be used to maintain the supply downstream in the West Branch and Kensico reservoirs and ensure the delivery of drinking water to New York City and Westchester communities, according to the DEP.

More water is being drawn from the reservoir in Putnam because the agency has temporarily shut down its Catskill Aqueduct upstate as part of an ongoing construction project to connect it with the city’s Delaware Aqueduct.

Anglers will be able to return to Boyd’s Corners once the Catskill Aqueduct is returned to service.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: National Preparedness Month Observed for Tenth Year; Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Get Involved


Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Contact: Adam Stiebeling, Commissioner, BES: 845-808-4000 or
                  Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, DOH: 845-808-1390

National Preparedness Month Observed for Tenth Year;
Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Get Involved

Brewster, NY- September is National Preparedness Month, a national observance strongly supported by Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, as well as the County’s Bureau of Emergency Services and the Department of Health. It was established in response to the events of September 11 to encourage Americans to better prepare themselves and their communities.

“Having learned from Sept. 11 and from natural disasters such as Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy, we know we have to be vigilant and be prepared,” said Odell. “I would strongly urge everyone in Putnam to take proper precautions as we now head into peak hurricane season. You should keep emergency information and supplies nearby. You should know what County resources are available to you and where and to whom you can turn for help when needed.”

Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had been predicting a 70-percent chance of an “above-normal” hurricane season which runs through October, and then in Putnam the winter snow season follows.

Be informed, make a plan, build a kit, and get involved—this is the mantra of preparedness experts and the month-long observance. Step-by step guidance for individuals to prepare is available at the www.Ready.gov website.

“Being informed is the first step,” says Adam Stiebeling, Commissioner of the Bureau of Emergency Services (BES), “and we urge county residents to sign up for NY Alert, a free service that offers the best way to stay on top of County and State announcements during emergencies.” NY Alert is the New York State All-Hazards Alert and Notification system, which provides current information about risks, threats and appropriate responses. Residents sign up and can choose selected warnings and how they would like to receive them, via their cell phone, email, web or other technologies. Personal information is completely protected and never shared. Selected alerts can be modified or cancelled at any time by the subscriber. For more information, visit: www.nyalert.gov.

“Making a plan and stocking an emergency kit are crucial follow-up steps,” says Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health, “but unfortunately they are not usually on the top of everyone’s To-Do list.” As part of local preparedness activities, the Health Department and BES are co-hosting a special, free screening of the movie Contagion on September 20 at 6:30pm, followed by a brief “question & answer” session with staff from both organizations. “We hope this event will further people’s motivation and planning.” The medical thriller, rated PG-13, is a fictional dramatization of efforts to stop a lethal virus from spreading around the globe.

Getting involved in community efforts is also part of national preparedness. The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) and BES plan and train throughout the year, but when disaster strikes, volunteers can help ease strain on a potentially overburdened system. Nearly 300 volunteers have joined the Putnam County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), but more are needed and not only in medical areas. Volunteers fill other key roles, such as providing data entry or language interpretation. For more information or to learn how to join the MRC, contact Keiren Farquhar, MRC Coordinator, at 845-808-1390, or visit the County website at www.putnamcountyny.gov

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, made up of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.putnamcountyny.gov/health; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at ww.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.


Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell & Commissioner Adam B. Stiebling and other county employees welcome the newly appointed Deputy Commissioner Robert A. Lipton

On April 1st 2013, County Executive MaryEllen Odell & Commissioner Adam B. Stiebling and other county employees welcome the newly appointed Deputy Commissioner Robert A. Lipton at the Putnam County Training & Operations Center (TOPS) Building on the Donald B. Smith Campus.



The EMS council will meet today at the TOP’s Building starting at10:00 hours.

The Chief’s Association will meet on Wednesday, August 20th at the Lake Carmel Fire House beginning at 20:00 hours.

There will be an EMT-CME Refresher Training held on Tuesday, August 26th at the TOP’s building starting at 19:00 hours.  Topic of discussion will be Obstetrics, Neonate and Pediatrics.

The Fire Investigation Team will meet on Wednesday, August 27th at the TOP’s Building beginning at 19:30 hours.

The FAST is full. No more applications will be accepted.

There will be a Live Fire Class held on Sunday, August 31st at the Fire Training Center beginning at 9:00 hours. More students are needed for this class to run.

There will be a Pump Op’s class starting on Saturday, September 6th at the Mahopac Fire Department.  Please send applications as soon as possible.


Be Prepared, Build a Go-Bag


A component of your disaster kit is your Go-bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly.  Prepare one Go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. You may not be at home when an emergency strikes so keep some additional supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for your immediate safety.

  • Flashlight
  • Radio – battery operated
  • Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Pocket knife
  • Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
  • Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
  • Local map
  • Some water and food
  • Permanent marker, paper and tape
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
  • List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers
  • List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
  • Copy of health insurance and identification cards
  • Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
  • Prescription medications and first aid supplies
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicle
  • Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget to make a Go-bag for your pets.




Emergency Plan Checklist

Emergency Plan Checklist

Disasters, natural or man-made, often come without warning. Have these supplies and details organized ahead of time, and you’ll weather the storm with less stress.

  • Know your area and what disasters are possible.
    If you live in a flood plain or your town is on an active fault line, you need to plan accordingly. Check ready.gov for what to expect in your area.
  • Create a basic emergency supply kit.
    Be sure that it includes the following: Water (have one gallon per person, per day, for three days—for drinking and sanitation); food (have a three-day supply of nonperishable items); can opener; battery-powered radio; flashlight; extra batteries; moist towelettes and garbage bags (for sanitation needs); local maps (if your preplanned evacuation route isn’t passable, you can navigate back roads, if necessary); first-aid kit; whistle (to signal for help); wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities); dust mask
  • Consider a few extra items, depending on your family’s needs.
    These might be: Food, medication, and toys for pets; infant formula and diapers; extra eyeglasses; an extra prescription slip or refill of important medications (talk to your doctor); comfortable shoes and a change of clothing for each family member; blankets or sleeping bags
  • Make a to-go bag.
    Create a small version of an emergency kit with essentials like nonperishable food, water, a small first-aid kit, and a change of clothes that you can grab in a hurry or keep in the car.
  • Know your evacuation routes.
    Have more than one option for getting out of town quickly.
  • Designate three family meeting spots.
    Pick an area near the home to meet in the event of a fire. Choose another that is in the region, in case everyone is scattered and can’t get home. Have a third that is out-of-town, should your family have to evacuate separately.
  • Select an out-of-town contact.
    Name one family member or friend who can serve as a point person if your immediate family is separated.
  • Make a list of phone numbers.
    Everyone in the family should have a list of important contacts they carry with them. Make sure you include numbers for your office, your partner’s office, your children’s schools, day care, doctors, and close family members. Include the numbers of your health and home owner’s insurance companies, as well as your policy numbers.
  • Write down important personal information.
    On the same emergency phone list, note any medical conditions you have. For your young children, record date of birth, address, and medical conditions. You can print out a template listing all of this info at ready.gov.
  • Know the emergency plan of your children’s schools.
    If your kids are evacuated from school or day care, where do they go? Where can you pick them up?
  • Have a family meeting.
    Make sure everyone knows and understands your emergency plan. Talk about meeting points, discuss fire safety, and have kids get involved in making the emergency supply kit. They may alert you to something you forgot—like the necessity of a spare security blanket.

Transportation – NYSDOT Road closure – Hwy 6/202 ROAD CLOSURE at 11:30AM

Alert / Warning

Transportation – NYSDOT Road closure


Headline: E/W US Hwy 6/202 ROAD CLOSURE at 11:30AM T/Cortlandt,Westchester Co. for approx 2 days due to flooding and severe weather conditions
Activation Time: 10/29/12 11:37 AM
Expiration Time: 10/31/12 12:00 PM
Issued By: NYS – DOT
Affected Jurisdictions: Putnam County (All)
Rockland County (All)
Westchester County (All)
Description:E/W US Hwy 6/202 between Route 9D and US Hwy 9, ROAD CLOSURE at 11:30AM T/Cortlandt,Westchester Co. for approx 2 days due to flooding and severe weather conditions

Instructions:For more travel information, visit 511NY.

For more information on Trans Alert, visit FAQs.

Use alternate route, expect severe weather conditions.



Putnam County Traffic Alert

Subject: Putnam County Traffic Alert

……….This is an ACTUAL NOTIFICATION……….

Issued By:  Putnam County Emergency Management Issued To:  Putnam Co EM – SmallTestGroup, Putnam Co. EM  -  EOC Municipal Leaders -  Town of Southeast, Putnam Co. EM – County Executive, Putnam Co. EM – EOC Municipal Leaders – Town of Carmel, Putnam Co. EM – EOC Municipal Leaders – Town of Kent, Putnam Co. EM – EOC Municipal Leaders – Town of Patterson, Putnam Co. EM – EOC Municipal Leaders – Town of Philipstown, Putnam Co. EM – EOC Municipal Leaders – Town of Putnam Valley, Putnam Co. EM – EOC Municipal Leaders – Town of Village of Brewster, Putnam Co. EM – EOC Municipal Leaders – Town of Village of Cold Spring, Putnam Co. EM – EOC Municipal Leaders – Town of Village of Nelsonville, Putnam Co. EM – Police Departments, Putnam Co. EM – Press Release – Private, Putnam Co.EM-BOES Coordinators, Putnam Co. – Carmel Town Information, Putnam Co. – County-Wide Press Releases, Putnam Co. – Kent Town Information, Putnam Co. – Patterson Town Information, Putnam Co. – Philipstown Town Emergencies, Putnam Co. – Philipstown Town Information, Putnam Co. – Putnam Valley Town Information, Putnam Co. – Southeast Town Emergencies, Putnam Co. – Town of Cold  Spring – Emergency Notifications, Putnam Co. – Town of Cold Spring – Non-Emergency Notifications, Putnam Co. – Village of Brewster Town Information, Putnam Co. EM – Town of Southeast – Employee Information, Putnam Co. EM – Town of Southeast – News & Announcements, Putnam County Employees


Headline:  Putnam County Traffic Alert


Putnam County Officials have been notified by Conneticut State Officials that effective at 11:00 am this morning the State of Conneticut is closing traffic on Interstate 84 (I84) for all tractor trailers, box trucks, house trailers, etc.  At 1:00 pm I-84 will be closed at the Conneticut boarder for all non-essential vehicles.

In Putnam County the following roads are closed:

Zimmer Road in the Town of Southeast.

Bear Mountain Bridge Road in Contenintal Village.

Cornwall Hill Road at Cornwall Meadows in the Town of Patterson.

The NYS-DOT and NYS Bridge Authority has informed Putnam County Officials that when winds reach 40 MPH, speed and vehicle restrictions apply and at 50 MPH bridges will be closed.

Please stay tune to your local TV and/or Radio Station for additional updates.