All Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services will be opening on a 2 hr delay for Mon 3/4/19

After meeting with the ICS Team and evaluating the impact of the current winter storm, 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 Monday, March 4, 2019. Offices that normally open at 8:00 will open at 10:00 AM and offices that normally open at 9:00 AM will open at 11:00 AM.

“While some roads are passable it’s better to stay off the roads and let the Highway Departments continue to do their jobs”, said County Executive Odell. “We also need to let our Highway Department clear our parking lots and walkways, delaying by 2 hours gives them the time necessary”.

If you MUST travel this morning give yourself enough time and drive carefully.

Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps.

Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

Putnam County continues to monitor the weather as strong winds move into our area. NYSEG & Central Hudson on standby. Gusts up to 36 MPH are possible

The Putnam County Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the strong winds that will transition into our area this evening. Winds are expected to pick up in intensity through the night with gusts of up to 36 MPH possible by 4 PM Monday evening. Winds are expected to diminish by early Tuesday morning.

“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. “We will continue to monitor the storm as it comes into our area and respond to any incidents that may occur”.

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.

A mix of snow, sleet and rain is expected in our area that will persist through the night. At this time we are not expecting any delays or cancelations. Employees should use caution when traveling.

Snow will continue shifting through over the next few hours, continuing through 8-10pm. Afterwards, a changeover to freezing rain is anticipated as temperatures slowly warm up through the overnight/early morning hours. It is expected that there will be a changeover back to rain/snow just before dawn. Conditions are then expected to dry out after dawn. An additional 0.5 – 1.5” of snow is anticipated through this evening, then up to 0.10” of ice accumulation is possible.

At this time we do not expect any delays or cancellations in the morning however employees should continue to monitor the situation for updates. Please drive safely as you head home this evening.

Due To the Storm All Putnam County Offices With the Exception of Essential Services Will be Closing at 12 Noon Today, Tuesday February 12, 2019

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell met with her Executive ICS Team to discuss the current weather conditions. The forecast calls for steady snow throughout most of the day changing to sleet and ice as the evening approaches. These conditions will make travel dangerous as the day progresses. Due to these conditions, Putnam County with the exception of essential services, will be closing at 12 noon today, Tuesday February 12, 2019.

As you begin your journey home please travel safe.

Dangerous cold front has moved into our region bringing lows of -1 F and wind chills of -15 F. These temperatures will pose a danger to humans and animals

As the day progresses we will see the outside temperature dip to a low of -1 F and wind speeds increase. This combination will create dangerous wind chills of -15 F during the overnight. These temperatures are dangerous for humans as well as pets.

The Putnam County Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor the situation. “Going outside, even for a few minutes, could prove deadly if you’re not prepared” said County Executive Odell “if you must go out, dress in layers and make sure your pets are inside and protected from the extreme low temperatures”.

Temperatures are expected to remain bitterly cold through Friday, gradually increasing during the weekend. Make sure you have sufficient fuel for heating as well as the necessary supplies such as food and medications to limit your need to be outside. “Take some time to check on your loved ones, friends and neighbors, especially those that may need extra help during this event” said County Executive Odell.

Some other extreme cold weather tips:

  • keep your head covered
  • wear loose clothing in layers
  • keep your feet dry
  • keep your core warm
  • protect your extremities
  • don’t touch frozen metal

if you are stranded:

  • find shelter – stay in your vehicle
  • clean exterior exhaust on the car to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
  • improve the visibility of your location
  • stay hydrated
  • melt snow to drink if you have no water available
  • light a fire for warmth and as a signal
  • use any heat source around you to keep yourself warm

Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps.

Please remember to be safe when there are downed power lines. Wires that look dead may still be live and power could be restored at any time making those wires life threatening.

Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

All Putnam County facilities with the exception of senior services will be open on a normal schedule. Dangerous cold is expected to arrive by this afternoon.

Putnam County EOC Remains Open – Dangerous temperatures with wind chill expected

The Putnam County Emergency operations Center remains open with County Executive MaryEllen Odell continuing to oversee operations. “Our highway crews have been out all night plowing and sanding our roads but we’re seeing some issues with power” said County Executive Odell “With temperatures expected to quickly plummet today and winds picking up our first concern is the safety of our residents”.
Currently there is a reported outage in Garrison in the Route 9 area that Central Hudson has responded to. NYSEG is reporting minor outages with crews on standby.
Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps.
Temperatures are expected to drop today reaching single digits and that along with increasing wind speeds will make it feel like it is well below zero. This is dangerous for humans as well as pets. Temperatures are expected to remain in the single digits for Monday. Residents are asked to check on those who may need extra help during this weather and to minimize cold exposure to pets. “Make this a weekend to enjoy time with family and friends indoors watching football, enjoying a movie or playing a game” said County Executive Odell.
Please remember to be safe when there are downed power lines. Wires that look dead may still be live and power could be restored at any time making those wires life threatening.
Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets, a furnace or any electrically operated appliance that is energized. The water or moisture may conduct electricity. Contact may cause serious or fatal injury.

Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

Utility Companies Ready

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell along with Legislative Chairman Joseph Castellano and Protective Services Chair Paul Jonke reviewed the utilitiy companies response plan including additional crews on stand by. “We don’t know what the final outcome of this storm will be but Putnam County stands at the ready” said County Executive Odell while reviewing the additional utility company crews that have been placed on standby.

Winter Storm Harper to arrive in Putnam County Saturday evening lasting through Sunday delivering a combination of rain, sleet, snow and ice and freezing temperatures.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell met with her Executive ICS Team to discuss the possible impact of Winter Storm Harper. The forecast calls for light snow to begin Saturday, January 19, 2019 evening which will increase in intensity before possibly changing to sleet and rain as warm front passes through very early Sunday morning. This transition will be brief as a bitter cold front moves into position and the storm will continue to deliver heavy snow. Any accumulated rain will quickly turn to ice causing ice patches. We are also anticipating increasing wind speeds Saturday through Sunday with wind gusts up to 25 MPH. Total accumulations across our area could reach over 12”. Temperatures on Monday will remain in the single digits.

“Our Emergency Operations Center will be activated during this event so we can continue to coordinate activities from our highway crews, police, fire and EMS” said Putnam County Executive Odell. “This storm has the potential to make quite an impact to our area and we need to stay ahead of it”. And that includes the public who are reminded to make sure they have sufficient medications, water and non-perishable food items. It’s also a good time to check the remaining fuel for your oil burner or propane appliance ensuring that you can go at least one week with needing to refuel.

Odell also wants residents to check on those that may need extra help saying, “Now is the time to reach out and check on your friends, neighbors and elderly especially those that may need a little extra help. The weekend is a good time to stay home and enjoy time with your family or friends, stay off the roads unless essential to allow our highway crews to do their job”.

Putnam County Commissioner of Emergency Services Ken Clair provides some additional tips, “generators give off dangerous carbon monoxide fumes, always run generators outdoors, not in garages, making sure all generators are connected with an electrician installed transfer switch, test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors making sure they are installed properly and in good working order”.

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.

Central Hudson has already committed a local presence in our EOC during this storm.

Putnam County 9-1-1 is fully manned and the public is reminded that it should be used only for emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS. Non-emergency calls should go directly to your local police, fire or EMS Corps. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department can be reached at 845-225-4300.

At this time Putnam County Public Transportation (PART) anticipates no impact on Transit services on Saturday, January 19, 2018, as a result of the winter storm.  The PART system will operate if conditions permit on Monday, January 21.  For information with regards to impacts on public transportation and changes in schedule, please listen to 100.7 WHUD, check the Official County Website, or call Dispatch on Monday morning at 845-878-7433 (RIDE).

Friday, November 16th all Putnam County Government Offices are OPEN for Normal Business

The winter storm of November 15, 2018 – November 16, 2018 has left the area with a mix of snow, sleet and rain. To ensure the safety of our seniors County Executive MaryEllen Odell has closed all Office for Senior Resources’s senior activities including Senior Nutrition Programs. “We were able to deliver emergency food supplies to our home-bound seniors prior to the start of the storm. This will help our seniors that would normally receive a healthy meal from the County to stay home where it is safe and still receive a nourishing meal”, said County Executive Odell.
In addition to the Senior Programs being canceled, our public transportation system is on Snow Routes starting at 8:00 AM. All ParaTransit and Veteran’s Transports have been suspended. Pre-K/EI Transportation to schools in Putnam and Westchester Counties are not expected to operate as they are dependent on the schools schedule. All other Government Office are open on a normal schedule.