Mayor Mike Spano Declares State of emergency for City of Yonkers
YONKERS, NY – October 26, 2012 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today issued a State of Emergency for the City of Yonkers and has announced several emergency measures that are being taken by the City in preparation for the potentially severe impact of Hurricane Sandy expected to make landfall in the local area, as being forecasted to begin Sunday evening.
“Based on the latest weather information, I am declaring a State of Emergency for the City of Yonkers and announcing several emergency actions to be taken to best prepare and protect the residents of Yonkers should this potentially devastating storm directly impact our area,” said Mayor Spano. “Flood mitigation efforts are being implemented and all emergency personnel have been placed on notice for immediate emergency response.”
The Mayor has ordered the City’s Department of Public Works to make available sand and sand bags for residents in flood prone areas on Saturday and Sunday from 8AM-4PM at the Yonkers Organic Waste Yard located at 610 Nepperhan Avenue. Emergency shelters are being prepared at the Yonkers Police Athletic League facility (127 North Broadway) and Lincoln High School. The City has also cancelled all Office for the Aging programs scheduled for Monday, October 29th and is suspending alternate side of the street parking Monday as well.
“I strongly advise residents to take all precautionary measures in planning for an emergency situation, especially those with young children and our senior residents. If you or someone you know needs assistance please contact the city immediately,” said Mayor Spano.
Additional information will be announced as further details on the forecasted impact of the storm are released. Residents with questions or concerns should contact the Mayor’s Help Line at (914) 377-HELP (4357). Information is also available on the City’s website www.yonkersny.gov as well as the City’s Facebook and Twitter sites.
Preparing for an Emergency
Items to include in your emergency supplies kit:
- Portable battery-powered radio
- Flashlight (s)
- Extra batteries for all portable electronic devices
- At least 3-day supply of water (1gal. per person per day)
- First-Aid Kit and supplies
- 3-5 day supply of ready to eat non-perishable packaged or canned foods that do not require refrigeration
- Clothing, rain gear, sturdy shoes for all family members
- Extra pair of glasses or contact lenses
- List of family physicians, important medical information,
- Special needs items for infants, the elderly and other family members with special need
- One week supply of essential prescription medications
- Identification, credit cards, copies of important family documents including home and automobile insurance information
Other recommended preparations:
- Have an extra set of car and house keys
- Make sure all vehicles are filled with gas
- Make sure you have cash available, small bills
- Take in or secure patio furniture, garden tools, barbecue grills and propane tanks
- Cut low lying tree branches and clean out gutters
Any home generator that plugs into your home’s wiring should be connected via a transfer switch by a licensed electrician. This ensures that when it’s in use, house wiring is isolated from utility lines. Improper installation can damage the generators, or create hazards for utility employees working on poles, or even the general public. Generators should be placed outdoors and away from doors and windows to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide.
Cleaning up Tree Branches and Storm Debris:
- Take note of overhead lines before cleaning gutters, moving branches, or performing other outdoor clean-up work
- When carrying ladders and long-handled tools, check to make sure you won’t cross overhead lines
- Keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet away from overhead lines, including lines from the pole to your home
- Assume that all overhead lines are energized, even if you’ve lost power
- Use only non-conductive ladders when working near any overhead power lines