Putnam County Emergency Operations is fully operational-Comfort stations open-Use caution around downed wires.

Putnam County Emergency Operations is fully operational-Comfort stations open-Use caution around downed wires

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell continues to be at the Putnam County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to monitor and help prioritize the needs of our residents. The EOC went online at 8:00 am Friday March 2, 2018 and will stay open 24 hours a day to coordinate the response to the storm. Currently the EOC is being staffed by Representatives from NYSEG, Red Cross, Department of Social Services, Mental Health, Office for Senior Resources, Highway’s and Facilities, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, NYS Police, Kent Police, Carmel Police, Town of Carmel Supervisor, and Bureau of Emergency Services.

County Executive Odell is prioritizing with staff at the EOC to address the needs of our residents in the county. There is a 2:00 pm conference call with Central Hudson Gas and Electric and a 3:00 pm conference call with NYSEG to get an update on repairs.  89% of Putnam Valley and 84% of Carmel residents are without power and our highway crews remain on the job working to open roadways and remove trees tangled in electric wires once the utility company confirms it is safe to do so. Residents encountering downed wires should assume they are live and stay at least 20 feet away. While most main roads are passable the secondary roads still have a number of trees and debris in place that are blocking safe passage. Some trees and limbs have partially fallen and are being supported by wires or other trees. These are particularly dangerous and residents should stay away from the area.

In response, County Executive Odell has opened the Putnam Valley Senior Center on 117 Town Park Lane in Putnam Valley NY as a comfort station. She also discussed the situation with our community partners and worked with them to open community comfort stations at; Temple Beth Shalom, 760 Rt 6, Mahopac and Knights of Columbus, 10 Fair St, Carmel. The Town of Kent has also opened a comfort station at the Kent Town Hall, 25 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes NY

“This storm has left many without power and we are working with our utility companies to effectively restore electricity as soon as possible, please check on family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are okay during this difficult time” said County Executive Odell. NYSEG is expected to deliver dry ice to be distributed to municipalities to the Board of Elections in Carmel. Residents will be notified with a delivery schedule and locations once available.

The EOC will remain open 24 hours a day, please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates

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