Members of the Essex County Emergency Operations Center include, front, Assistant Chief Alan Evans (Alameda County Fire Department) and Battalion Chief Dave Gibson (El Cerrito Fire Department) from the East Bay Incident Management Team and, back, Kathy Daggett, Essex County Public Health Interim Director and Lenny Turbini, Essex County Information Systems Network Supervisor.
Provided by Jessica Darney-Buehler
Emergency Operations Center
LEWIS — Essex County, struck hard by Tropical Storm Irene, has been responding in a coordinated effort to public and individual needs.
An Emergency Operations Center has been established at the Public Safety Building in Lewis where local, state and federal entities are collaborating. New York Emergency Management Assistance Compact has engaged an incident management team from California as a part of a state to state mutual aid request to assist with this collaboration.
Essex County government, State and county police, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, transportation, NYSEG, Red Cross and others are all working together to respond to public and individuals needs of Essex County residents.
Residents are encouraged to use the Essex County website, www.co.essex.ny.us for the most up to date information. This site is updated regularly throughout the day.
Information available includes: road closures, FEMA disaster assistance applications, disaster and flood damage survey form, boil water orders, public health issues including treating well water and household cleaning including mold.
People without internet access, may call the Emergency Operations Center at (518) 873-3932 or their local Town Hall.
Dry ice is available for those without power and in need of alternative refrigeration at the NYSEG Building next to Public Safety Building in Lewis, off NYS I-87 exit 32 and Walmart in Ticonderoga.
People concerned about emotional, behavioral or psychological distress as a result of the flooding may contact Essex County Mental Health Services at 873-3670, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On evenings, weekends and holidays, residents may contact the Crisis Hotline at 1-888-854-3373.
FEMA reps coming to Jay
JAY — Governor Andrew Cuomo has spoken to President Barack Obama regarding the damages suffered in the town of Jay and Essex County due to Hurricane Irene. At this time, Obama has waived all criteria for individual assistence from FEMA. Individual assistance is described as “aid directly to families, providing federal aid and funding directly to affected individuals. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low cost loans to cover uninsured or under-insured property losses.