County Executive MaryEllen Odell declares a State of Emergency

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Putnam County Executive Declares State of Emergency due to the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias. Towns & Villages to distribute water and wet ice

On August 5, 2020 at 12:00 am, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell declared a State of Emergency for Putnam County. “This storm caused an unprecedented amount of damage to our electrical infrastructure with an estimated 86% of all customers without power”  said County Executive Odell. “To enable our resources to be effectively deployed I am declaring a State of Emergency for Putnam County”. A State of Emergency Declaration will stay in effect for a period not to exceed 5 days. 

NYSEG is working with local towns and villages to provide water and wet ice for distribution. Residents should contact their local municipality for distribution information. Each municipality will establish their own location and schedule.

To assist the public the County has established two comfort stations: 

Friendship Center of Philipstown (former Butterfield Hospital site). 1756 NY-9D, Cold Spring NY

Knights of Columbus, 10 Fair St, Carmel NY

Both facilities are open from 10 AM until 4 PM. Residents can use the facilities to cool down and recharge their phones and other electronic equipment.

Residents are reminded to use 9-1-1 for emergency calls only. 

All Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services will be CLOSED Wednesday, 8/5/20

After meeting with the ICS Team and evaluating the impact of the current weather conditions, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has closed all Putnam County Government Offices with the exception of essential services for Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

This includes:

Our public transportation system which includes the Croton Falls Commuters and fixed route PART System

“While the storm has left our area, the impact of Isaias have left the majority of our residents without power and many roadways impassable”, said County Executive Odell.  “In addition many of our government facilities are without power”.

NYSEG and Central Hudson continue to work on restoration efforts. Currently NYSEG reports over 33,000 customers without power. Highway crews, who worked through the night, will continue their efforts to open roadways.

All Non-Essential Putnam County Government Offices on a 2 hour delay for Wed August 4, 2020

After meeting with the ICS Team and evaluating the impact of the Tropical Storm Isaias, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has delayed the opening of all Putnam County Government Offices with the exception of essential services for 2 hours on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Offices that normally open at 8:00 AM will open at 10:00 AM and offices that normally open at 9:00 AM will open at 11:00 AM. 

In addition to the delayed opening of non-essential government offices, please note the following: 

Our public transportation system which includes the Croton Falls Commuters and fixed route PART System will be closed for the entire day 

Employees should check the Employee Weather Help Line at 845-808-4087 tomorrow morning for any additional updates. Please use caution when traveling to work as there may still be downed trees and power lines.

With wires and trees down across the county, Putnam County residents are asked to stay off roadways to allow highway crews to clear

“Highway crews have been working through the storm keeping critical roads open”, said County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “in order for them to work effectively residents are asked to limit travel and stay off roadways”.

The Putnam County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) reports 80 roads totally impassable and 40 roads with debris but passable throughout the county.

NYSEG reports that currently 33,600 customers are without power with Central Hudson reporting 1300. 

NYSEG and Central Hudson Gas and Electric are working with our highway departments to safely clear downed trees and branches.  NYSEG and Central Hudson both report that mutual aid crews have been assigned to our area and are ready to respond once the winds allow safe operation of equipment.

Residents are reminded to report any outages to their local utility company.  NYSEG can be contacted at 800-572-1131. Central Hudson Gas & Electric can be contacted at 845-452-2700. Both companies have an app available for download to track outages.

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully manned and should only be used for emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS. 

 

Safety Near Fallen Wires:

  • You can’t tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it. You should assume that all fallen power lines are live and proceed with extreme caution.
  • If you see a fallen power line, stay at least 30 feet away from it and anything touching it. The ground around a power line and any objects it contacts, such as a fence, may be energized. Call 911 to report the condition so that emergency responders and Central Hudson or NYSEG are notified.
  • If a downed wire comes in contact with your vehicle, stay inside and wait for help. If you must get out because of fire or other danger, jump clear of the vehicle to avoid any contact with the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together and hop with feet together or shuffle away; don’t run or stride. 
  • Do not attempt to move a fallen power line or anything else in contact with it using an object such as a broom or stick. Even non-conductive materials or cloth can conduct electricity if slightly wet.

Generator Safety: 

  • NEVER operate a generator in an enclosed space, even with a window or door open. This includes inside your home, basement or garage. Doing so can lead to a potentially lethal build-up of colorless, odorless, poisonous carbon monoxide gas.

  • Only have an experienced electrician connect a generator to your home. Improperly installed generators may overload circuits, cause a fire or shock hazard, and can result in serious injury or property damage. Improperly installed generators can also back-feed onto electric lines and endanger repair crews working to restore service.

  • Plug appliances directly into the generator using a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that is designed to handle the wattage of all the appliances being connected.

  • Generators should be sized to meet the needs of the appliances they are connected to. If too small, appliances can be damaged, and the generator can overheat, creating a fire hazard.

As the result of the high winds and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Isaiah the County reports numerous road closures and wide spread power outages. All Putnam County Non-Essential Offices have been closed

County Executive MaryEllen Odell remains at the Putnam County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) with the ICS Team.

“As predicted this storm packed a very powerful punch, closing roads and disrupting power across the entire region”, said County Executive Odell. “Our highway crews continue to stay focused on making roadways passable however we rely on the power crews to make downed wires safe before our crews can safely remove the debris”.

“With power out across most of our government campuses, we have closed our non-essential government offices”, continued Odell. 

The EOC will continue to monitor the weather. The National Weather Service is showing that the high winds should dissipate by 7:00 PM and the storms should move out of our area after 9:00 PM this evening.

NYSEG reports that currently 33,800 customers are without power with Central Hudson reporting 1300. 

NYSEG and Central Hudson Gas and Electric will continue to work on “Make Safe” efforts which allows our Highway Departments to safely clear downed trees and branches.  NYSEG and Central Hudson both report that mutual aid crews have been assigned to our area and are ready to respond once the winds allow safe operation of equipment.

Residents are reminded to report any outages to their local utility company.  NYSEG can be contacted at 800-572-1131. Central Hudson Gas & Electric can be contacted at 845-452-2700. Both companies have an app available for download to track outages.

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully manned and should only be used for emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS. 

 

Safety Near Fallen Wires:

  • You can’t tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it. You should assume that all fallen power lines are live and proceed with extreme caution.
  • If you see a fallen power line, stay at least 30 feet away from it and anything touching it. The ground around a power line and any objects it contacts, such as a fence, may be energized. Call 911 to report the condition so that emergency responders and Central Hudson or NYSEG are notified.
  • If a downed wire comes in contact with your vehicle, stay inside and wait for help. If you must get out because of fire or other danger, jump clear of the vehicle to avoid any contact with the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together and hop with feet together or shuffle away; don’t run or stride. 
  • Do not attempt to move a fallen power line or anything else in contact with it using an object such as a broom or stick. Even non-conductive materials or cloth can conduct electricity if slightly wet.

 

 Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates

Putnam County continues to monitor the weather as Tropical Storm Isaias, moves into our area on Tuesday 8/4/20. NYSEG & Central Hudson crews on standby

The Putnam County Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the potential for heavy rain and strong winds that will transition into our area throughout the day today, August 4, 2020. Isaias made landfall in North Carolina on Monday night as Hurricane Isaias, being downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved northward across the eastern coast of the United States. The major impact of the storm will be felt across the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut coastline however Putnam County will not be exempt as torrential rain and wind gusts over 60 MPH can be expected throughout the day. This storm also brings an increased risk of tornadoes.

“Our Emergency Operations Center has been in contact with both NYSEG and Central Hudson to confirm that both agencies are prepared for this event” said Putnam County Executive Odell. “Our forecast shows that the heaviest rain and most damaging wind gusts will be between 1 and 8 PM today, and as we know from past events these types of storms can cause damage to our electrical distribution system as well as our roadways and residents must be prepared”.

With 1” – 4” of rain expected over a relatively short duration, residents should use caution when traveling on roadways. Softened soil along with high wind conditions can lead to downed trees and flooded roadways making travel treacherous.

NYSEG and Central Hudson both report that mutual aid crews have been assigned to our area and are ready to respond.

County Executive Odell ordered the Putnam County Emergency Operations Center open to monitor the storm and provide resources as needed. “We will continue to monitor the storm as it comes into our area and respond to any incidents that may occur”, said Odell. “Of added concern is the threat of tornadoes, which can occur at any time”.

Tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip cars and create deadly flying debris. The signs of a tornado include a rotating funnel shaped cloud, an approaching cloud of debris or a loud roar similar to a freight train.

If a tornado strikes; If you can safely get to a sturdy building, do so immediately; Go to a safe room, basement or cellar; If there is no basement, get to a small interior room on the lowest level; Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls; Do not get under an overpass or bridge, you’re safer in a low, flat position; Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death; Use your arms to protect your head and neck.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell reminds our residents to be prepared.  “During times of crisis a small amount of pre-planning can make a big difference”, said County Executive Odell.  “Plan for several days with no power, have your disaster supplies ready including a supply of essential medications, water and non-perishable food before the storm hits.”

Essential Disaster Supplies Include:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery operated radio, extra batteries
  • Cell phone, fully charged.  Spare battery if available
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency Food and water (1 gallon per person/per day)
  • Extra clothes
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Essential medications, prescriptions
  • Checkbook, cash, credit/ATM cards
  • Spare fuel for your generator

Residents should also inspect their properties and secure any items that can become airborne. Ensure that your pets are protected and remember to check on any neighbors that may need extra assistance.

Residents are reminded to report any outages to their local utility company.  NYSEG can be contacted at 800-572-1131. Central Hudson Gas & Electric can be contacted at 845-452-2700. Both companies have an app available for download to track outages.

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 7/31/2020

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Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 7/24/2020

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Office For Senior Resources Distribution of Farmers Market Coupons Via Drive-Thru Distribution Sites

Office for Senior Resources will be distributing Farmers Market Coupons this year via Drive-Thru Distribution Sites.  Due to COVID safety precautions, Farmers Market Coupons will not be distributed as we have done in the past.  Distribution will happen curbside from the convenience of your vehicle!

  • Who:  This program is for the benefit of Putnam County seniors of age 60 and older who meet eligibility requirements (see below for more information)
  • When:  From 12pm noon to 1 pm Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Where:
    Carmel Friendship Center, 110 Old Rt. 6, Bldg. 1, Carmel
    Koehler Senior Center, 180 Rt. 6, Mahopac
    Putnam Valley Senior Center, 117 Town Park Lane, Putnam Valley
    Friendship Center in Philipstown, 1756 Rt. 9D, Lahey Pavilion, Cold Spring

 

Clients are highly encouraged to attend our Drive-Thru Distribution as quantities of coupons are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.  For more information or to schedule a pickup before that date, please call 845-808-1700.

Rules and Procedures For All Locations:

  • Clients will remain in their vehicles at all times. An OSR staff member will distribute the necessary eligibility paperwork and booklets via the vehicle’s window.
  • Clients and staff must be wearing masks at all times.
  • Please bring your own pen for sanitation purposes!
  • Only one coupon booklet for each eligible senior in each household – while quantities last.
  • The eligible senior must sign in person the Federally required STATEMENT OF ELIGILITY form affirming that you are low income based on the monthly income amounts (listed below).  An eligible Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney with proper paperwork can sign for the coupons.

 

Farmers Market Coupon Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must be age 60 or above
  2. Household Monthly Income at/or below 185% of Federal Poverty Level:$1,968 – 1 person household  $2,658 – 2 person household $3,349 – 3 person household