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.

Putnam County EOC continues to monitor cleanup and restoration after severe storms of 4/13/20. NYSEG & Central Hudson continue with restoration efforts, expect most customers restored today

County Executive MaryEllen Odell and the ICS Team at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continue to monitor the cleanup and restoration efforts from the wind and rainstorm that churned through our area on April 13, 2020.

“The wind gusts from the storm quickly closed a large number of roads mixing tree limbs with electrical wires”, said County Executive Odell, “this combination causes delays with our highway crews ability to safely remove debris as the electric wires must be declared safe by utility personnel”.

“Highway crews and utility company personnel are back at it this morning after putting in a very long night”, continued Odell, “with the winds diminished the utility crews can now focus on restoration of power”.

County Executive Odell continues to meet with Aziz Uthman, Public Liaison Officer for NYSEG, Brewster Region. NYSEG reports that there were 300 downed wires in addition to broken poles and fallen trees and limbs. Currently there are more than 320 company and contractor (line and tree) resources actively working in the Brewster division (the Brewster Division serves not only Putnam County but upper Westchester and parts of Dutchess County). NYSEG has assigned some line and tree crews to assist local municipalities with road clearing. NYSEG expects most customers will be restored by today, Tuesday April 14, 2020. Dry Ice and water will be made available to customers impacted by the outage. NYSEG will work with local municipalities for distribution.

All County facilities resumed a COVID-19 modified operating schedule (all facilities are closed to the public and operating with a reduced staff).

NYSEG reports that currently 6,041 customers are without power. Central Hudson reports 491 customers are without power.

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. Calls regarding COVID-19 information should be directed to 211.

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.

During a Power Interruption

  • Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. A loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
  • To report a power interruption, contact your utility company.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.

  Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates

Major storm causes power outages throughout Putnam County. Wind gusts of up to 30 MPH expected until 7:00 PM

The Putnam County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains open to manage the ongoing storm raking through Putnam County. Storms are expected to continue through the early evening which will hamper abilities to provide electric restoration. All County facilities were already closed to the public and operating on a reduced staff due to Covid-19.

“Many of our facilities are without power and significant wind gusts are making it difficult for NYSEG to provide repairs safely”, said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “I have asked the remaining employees to check road conditions and only leave if they feel they are safe”.

The County EOC was previously open to manage the COVID-19 virus. With the addition of these intense storms, the County Executive activated the full ICS staff.

NYSEG reports that currently 14,000 customers are without power. Central Hudson reports 2,400 customers are without power.

NYSEG and Central Hudson Gas and Electric will continue to work on full restoration and “Make Safe” which allows our Highway Departments to safely clear downed trees and branches.

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully manned and should only be used for emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS. Calls regarding COVID-19 information should be directed to 211

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.
  • 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 update

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.