Town of Colonie readies for Hurricane Irene

Emergency Services Center Activated and on Alert

Town of Colonie officials issued this steatement on Friday, Aug. 26:

The Town of Colonie began preparing several days ago for the possibility of significant adverse weather conditions as a result of Hurricane Irene.

The Town’s Emergency Management Team has been activated in order to coordinate the

Town’s response to flooding and other outcomes of the storm. Activities during the storm will

be coordinated from the Town’s Emergency Operations Center in the Public Safety Building.

All the Town’s Emergency Services groups, including the police, EMS, and the fire

departments stand ready to be deployed as needed.

“I want to assure our residents that the Town has done everything possible to prepare in

advance for this storm. We stand ready to mount a coordinated and forceful response as the

storm progresses,” said Colonie Town Supervisor Paula A. Mahan.

Also beginning this week, crews from the Department of Public Works were working to assure

that storm drains are clear and functioning optimally, and DPW crews will be deployed as

necessary over the weekend.

While the Town is making every advance effort to assure optimal functioning of storm drains,

will be provided to the media in the event they are needed. the possibility of 6 to 12 inches of

heavy rain within a short time can overwhelm any system.

Should then need arise, Albany County has agreements with the Red Cross for the activation and

operation of emergency shelters. Specific information on shelters will be provided in the event

they are needed.

During the storm Town of Colonie residents are advised to use the following phone numbers:

For any emergency, including flooding in the home, call 911.

For non-emergencies or information, call 783-2744.

To report power outages and downed power lines to National Grid, for both residential and

commercial customers: 1-800-867-5222.

Residents are cautioned to stay away from downed power lines’ not to run generators inside the

house and to disconnect them before power is returned; and to secure any outdoor furniture that

may be blown about in severe winds.

Residents should also be sure to adequate food, water, batteries, medicine and a battery-powered

radio on hand prior to the anticipated onset of the storm.

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