Emergency preparedness training program has perfect timing

March 01, 2018 11:10 PM

A mix of rain and wet snow is expected Friday and it can cause a lot of problems, from slick roads, to downed trees and power outages. The New York State Department of Transportation said high winds will be the biggest challenge when it comes to clearing roads during Friday’s storm.

"There will be roads that we cleared and then we'll have to come back and do it again because there's concern about blowing snow conditions,” said Bryan Viggiani with NYSDOT.

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Viggiani also said as of Thursday afternoon, crews were not going to be pre-treating the roadways.

"The rain would just wash it away,” added Viggiani. “So we don't want to waste the salt it would be useless at that point. Also, the temperatures really aren't going to get colder for this."

In a case of excellent timing, State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is hosting a special training program in Schenectady on Friday focusing on weather emergencies. It comes amid Friday's forecasted storm and after recent flooding from the Mohawk River in Schenectady County.

"We have a snow storm coming up, we also just went through this here in this community,” said Santabarbara. “This is information that can help keep your families and your pets safe.”

The training session will be held at Schenectady County Community College from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It's free to attend and it's for people in the community to learn how to create an emergency plan and learn how to communicate with family and first responders during a power outage. 

"Sometimes you won't be able to use a telephone or listen to a television,” added Santabarbara. “If the powers out, how do you communicate if you can't get to your cell phone."

You don't have to live in Schenectady to attend, but you are asked to register.

Also in attendance at the meeting will be the New York National Guard and Division of Homeland Security.

Families attending the session will receive an emergency backpack with important items like first aid kit, flashlight and pocket radio.

Now of course, these are all things that are important to remember when we head into Friday's storm if you are in an area that will get harder hit.

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