Broome County Preparations For Hurricane Sandy


(Binghamton, NY) – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today held a series of meetings to prepare for the approaching Hurricane Sandy. Preston, Deputy County Executive’s John Bernardo and Bijoy Datta, and Public Information Officer Jim Worhach spent the day at Broome County Emergency Services with Emergency Services Director Brett Chellis to layout the plan for the County’s response to the storm.
Briefings with the National Weather Services occurred at 9am and 3pm. 
Preston met with representatives from Broome County Public Works, the Broome County Health Department, the Broome County Department of Social Services, Broome County Mental Health Department, BC Transit, Broome Security and Broome County Information Technology to define each Department’s role in the response effort.
Representatives from the Red Cross and Preston coordinated efforts to operate shelters to temporarily house those who may be displaced during the recovery efforts.
Preston then met with New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) to discuss the importance of response times for NYSEG crews in restoring power, and the planning and deployment of bottled water and dry ice.
At 1pm Preston, Senator Tom Libous, Assemblyman Cliff Crouch, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala and Sheriff Dave Harder held a conference call with Governor Cuomo to update him on Broome County’s emergency plan and request additional assistance from the State, if necessary.
Preston then conducted a conference call with the municipal Mayors, Supervisors and Department of Public Works/Highway crews throughout the County to update them on the projected path of the storm, and the necessary actions for each municipality to take to be fully prepared.
Preston also spoke with local hospitals to ensure they are prepared for the potential of lengthy power outages.
Preston has suspended her re-election campaign efforts during the coming days to focus all efforts on the health and wellbeing of Broome County residents.
10/28/2012 - 5:41pm