Senator Ball Reminds Residents About Importance of Storm Preparedness
Brewster, N.Y. – (08/25/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is reaching out to residents ahead of Hurricane Irene. Forecasters are expecting the storm will reach New York State this weekend, and bring with it the possibility of heavy rains and high winds. In anticipation of what could be a significant weather event, Senator Ball is reminding local families about the importance of storm preparedness.
NEW YORK – As Hurricane Irene approaches New York, Con Edison is closely monitoring its progress and is preparing for the possibility of extensive outages to electric, gas and steam customers.
The company is taking all the necessary steps to prepare for the potential impacts of this storm. The storm’s high winds have the potential to topple trees and power lines throughout the company’s service area.
I am writing today to inform you about the possibility of the upcoming hurricane affecting our area. Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm and while it is still too early to predict a path, you should begin preparations now and at the very least, expect a windy and rainy day on Sunday, with a very real possibility of a hurricane or strong tropical storm.
As Hurricane Irene continues to track towards Long Island, it is important that we are best prepared in case the storm strikes our area. By planning ahead, we can protect more than our properties — we can help save lives.
Protecting Yourself and Your Family
• Make sure flashlights and radios have batteries. Have extra batteries on hand as well;
• Make sure your car has gas. Gas pumps may not operate if power goes down;
• Have cash on hand. ATMs and credit or debit card machines may not be functioning if power is lost;
• Have a three day supply of water and non-perishable, easy to prepare food (1 gallon of water per person, per day);
It looks as if Hurricane Irene has Long Island squarely in its sights. I hear many people falsely claiming that “it can’t happen here.” The fact is Long Island juts out into the Atlantic and is thus very vulnerable to hurricanes. We’ve been hit several times by category three hurricanes that have done tremendous damage, even claiming lives. The best offense is a good defense so I’m sharing some tips below to help you prepare. If you have a vulnerable neighbor – a senior or someone with a disability – be sure to check on them before and after the storm. If anyone has questions or a special need, don’t hesitate to call Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management at 516-573-0636.
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Josh Fox is one of the world’s leading experts on hydrofracking and that’s not because he’s a scientist, geologist, gas industry analyst or politician. Rather, he’s an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker of“GasLand”, a movie that exposes the truths behind the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in U.S. history.
KATONAH, N.Y. — For four hours, expert after expert spoke out about the impact hydrofracking could have here in New York State. Some people drove 10 hours to testify, telling others their water is not only contaminated but also their lives.
Following a tour of Pennsylvania communities affected by hydraulic fracturing, Sen. Greg Ball, D-Patterson, has scheduled a public hearing on the issue he’s calling “Getting the Facts on Fracking” on Tuesday in Katonah, Westchester County.
Environmentalists dominated a Westchester public hearing yesterday on the controversial process of hydrofracking to tap upstate natural-gas supplies, as representatives of the energy industry refused to show up, claiming the deck was stacked against them.