State and local agencies make sure New Yorkers are safe during storm

October 30, 2017 09:50 AM

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office and other state and local agencies have been planning ahead to make sure this storm has as little impact as possible.

Cuomo has activated the state's Emergency Operations Center and state agencies are ready to deploy resources as needed.

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The governor's office is telling folks to stock up on emergency essentials like food, water, and first aid.

Local officials are also planning ahead.

Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond says they've learned from a devastating flood of 2011 that destroyed homes and flooded their county jail.

He said Sunday night that wind was their big concern.

"What we’re really worried about is high winds at this time, because they take a lot of trees down, take wires down, cause a lot of damage and that's tough if people go without electricity," noted Desmond.

"We started reaching out to the local highway superintendents, so if there is any power outages or any trees down, they can start to notify us, the local fire department, same thing," explained Michael Hartzel, the Schoharie County Director of Emergency Services.

The governor's office is also encouraging people to have an escape plan in case of flooding or other disasters.

If you're traveling, avoid washed out roads, downed wires and fallen trees or other objects.


WNYT Staff

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