WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 19, 2019 — Westchester County Executive George Latimer today activated the Emergency Operations Center in Hawthorne at 8 a.m., to coordinate the County’s response to the major winter storm that is expected to bring a significant snowfall on Saturday into Sunday, followed by freezing temperatures on Monday.
Latimer urged County residents to take precautions for the weather event, which may bring downed trees and power-lines, power outages, coastal flooding and dangerous travel conditions.
“We are doing everything we can to prepare for the storm, and keep our residents safe,” he said. “I also urge our residents to take practical steps now to ensure that they are prepared to weather this storm, particularly if prolonged power outages occur.”
Under Latimer’s direction, County personnel assigned to the EOC will monitor storm preparations and oversee the County’s response and recovery. The County will be ready to assist municipalities with resources if requested, he said.
“As much as possible, stay off the roads during and immediately after the storm to give cleanup crews time to respond,” he said. “Doing so will keep everyone safe, and help crews get the job done faster.”
The County’s Department of Emergency Services and Health Department offer practical advice to help residents prepare for a major winter storm and stay safe both during and after. Please visit http://keepingsafe.westchestergov.com and www.westchestergov.com/health for more information.
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SOURCE: Carolyn Fortino, Deputy Director of Communications, Westchester County Executive George Latimer