3-21-18 PM STORM WATCH UPDATE (3:15 PM)
Due to anticipated hazardous driving conditions, Town Offices are closed.
Con Edison and NYSEG Crews Our relentless efforts to secure robust pre-storm crews has yielded positive results. Crews arrived this morning in Bedford from NYSEG, and a Con Ed Liaison is on site to obtain Con Ed crews as needed . They are working with Public Works Commissioner Kevin Winn and with me to respond to possible downed trees/wires and power outages caused thereby. This is the proactive, anticipatory action that is needed whenever a major storm is forecast. We thank Con Edison and NYSEG for these measures and ask them to continue with such responsiveness.
Governor Declares Downstate State of Emergency The declaration covers Westchester County and provides for standby assistance from the National Guard, emergency services and other resources. Details athttps://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-declares-state-emergency-downstate-new-york-ahead-coastal-storm. I have not declared a State of Emergency for Bedford, which would entail a travel ban except for emergency vehicles.
Forecast As of this writing, the brunt of the storm has not hit Bedford, though it continues to be expected. As mentioned previously, the forecast remains for a significant accumulation of wet, heavy snow accompanied by winds of 20 to 30 MPH and gusts of up to 40 MPH, the Town continues to prepare for the possibility of power outages caused by downed trees and electric lines.
Emergency Responders and Westchester EOC Our Town’sFire Departments, the Katonah Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Westchester County Emergency Operations Center are prepared and poised to jump in should the need arise. All have been making preparations.
Preparations for Warming Center, Shelters, Dry Ice, Etc.: In addition to the Town’s standby warming and charging center in the Courtroom of the Town Offices at 321 Bedford Road in Bedford Hills, County EOC has advised in a conference call a short while ago that they will assist significantly, as needed, to set up/supply overnight shelters and other responses. Our emergency responders also are prepared to carry out wellness checks.
REPORTING DOWNED TREES AND WIRES
Please call the Police Desk at 241-3111 for downed trees or wires. As it is a 24/7 operation, the Police Desk is assigned the responsibility to enter the data into the municipal data entry platform for each utility – the fastest means for getting crews and other resources dispatched.
Our highest concern is the safety and well-being of our community. I ask that you please be safe. Please stay away from downed electrical wires. Give yourself extra time in driving and avoid driving if the conditions are too severe.
PLEASE BE SAFE and PLEASE DON’T EVADE OR UNBLOCK barricades or emergency tape which emergency personnel have put in place. They are there to protect the community. We have reports from our Fire Departments of multiple incidents of motorists during the past storm cutting emergency tape or moving barricades exposing themselves to live power lines.