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Be Prepared, Build a Go-Bag

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.

 

 

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Don’t fall vicitim to unregistered paving companies

MERCHANT ALERT

08-21-12

DON’T FALL VICTIM TO UNREGISTERED PAVING COMPANIES

Putnam County Director of Consumer Affairs, Jean Noel, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith issue this consumer alert:

Information received by law enforcement agencies throughout northern Westchester and Putnam Counties indicate that paving companies, that are not registered with the Putnam County Office of Consumer Affairs, may be operating in this area.  In the past, such illegitimate companies are known to have used faulty pavement materials, performed shoddy work, overcharged customers for completed work and/or failed to complete the specified work agreed upon between the consumer and the paving company.  In some cases, employees of these companies have been suspected of committing residential burglaries in the communities that they are working in.

Director Noel, County Executive Odell and Sheriff Smith are working together in keeping Putnam County the safest county in New York State.  They advise everyone to use caution when hiring home improvement contractors.  If approached by a paving contractor to solicit work, homeowners should contact the Office of Consumer Affairs at (845) 808-1617 ext 46128 to check if the company is properly registered to do work in this county before hiring them.  A list of bonafide registered contractors may also be obtained from the Office of Consumer Affairs.  A contractor conducting business in this county without being properly registered is committing a crime punishable by a prison term of up to one year in the Putnam County Correctional Facility and/or a $1,000 fine as determined by a court.

Anyone victimized by this type of scam is urged to call the Putnam County Office of Consumer Affairs, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (845) 225-8060 or your local police agency.

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Putnam County Youth Bureau’s Pegasus Program

Putnam County Youth Bureau Pegasus program is About:

  • Understanding alcohol and drug dependency
  • Coping skills
  • Fun activities
  • New friends

Pegasus is held on Thursday nights beginning October 11, 2012 at the Putnam County Youth Bureau from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
A free confidential program for children ages 6 to 14, who have a parent or family member suffering from alcoholism or other drug dependencies.
*Pre – registration is required. For more information or to register contact: Adriene Iasoni-Aull, LMSW (845) 808-1600 ext. 46126 adriene.iasoni@putnamcountyny.gov

Sponsored by the New York State Office for Children and Family Services and the Putnam County Youth Bureau

Click to View Pegasus Fall 2012 flier

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PACT’s Transportation Guide

Getting around Putnam County can be extremely difficult if you don’t have a car.

The Putnam Accessible Community Transportation coalition (PACT) – a 26-member volunteer partnership of local nonprofit organizations – has produced a transportation resource directory which provides Putnam County residents with a comprehensive chart of current transportation options.

The PACT coalition is working to ensure that accessible, safe and affordable transportation is available to all Putnam County residents, especially low-income, disabled, elderly and veterans.

You can also visit www.careersforpeoplewithdisabilities.org for additional information.

NYSAC Report on State Mandates Covered by County Property Taxes is now Available

Counties in New York have long served as the principal partner in administering the State’s
most critical programs in areas such as health, human services and public protection. But over
time, the State has required county property taxpayers to subsidize an increasing amount of the
State’s program and services. In fact, in 2012 more than $11 billion in local taxes will be used to
subsidize State spending decisions. This represents 16 percent of the State’s total general fund.

Click HERE for more on NYSAC State Mandates