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Schenectady County Braces for Multi-Hazard Storm: Residents Urged to Prepare and Stay Safe

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Schenectady County’s Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring a multi-hazard storm that is expected to hit the area today and extend into tomorrow. With forecasted winds in excess of 40 MPH, the potential for power outages, a mix of snow turning to rain with the potential for a couple of inches, possible flash flooding in poor drainage areas, and the potential for falling trees due to saturated soil, Schenectady County is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of all residents.

The Schenectady County Office of Emergency Management, in collaboration with local agencies and emergency response teams, is actively engaged in preparedness and response efforts. Their primary goal is to minimize the impact of the storm on our community and protect the well-being of our residents.

"We are urging all residents to take this storm seriously and make necessary preparations to stay safe," said Gary Hughes, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. "By staying informed, reinforcing home safety measures, and being ready for possible power outages, we can navigate through this storm more effectively."

To ensure the safety of residents, the Schenectady County Office of Emergency Management advises the following precautions:

1. Stay Informed: Monitor weather updates through reliable sources, such as the National Weather Service and local news outlets.

2. Secure Loose Items: Secure or bring indoors any outdoor items, such as patio furniture, trash cans, and decorations, that could be blown away or cause damage during high winds.

3. Prepare an Emergency Kit: Stock up on essential supplies, including non-perishable food, water, medications, batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, and a battery-operated radio. Have enough supplies to last for at least 72 hours.

4. Charge Electronic Devices: Ensure that all mobile phones, tablets, and other electronic devices are fully charged before the storm hits. Consider having backup power sources, such as portable chargers or battery packs.

5. Limit Travel: If possible, avoid unnecessary travel during the storm. If travel is necessary, drive with caution and be aware of road conditions. Follow any road advisories and closures issued by local authorities.

6. Monitor Drainage Areas: Pay attention to areas prone to poor drainage and potential flash flooding. Clear any debris or blockages from drains and gutters and report any concerns to local authorities.

7. Heed Official Notices: Stay updated on emergency alerts and instructions issued by local authorities. Follow evacuation orders, seek shelter if necessary, and cooperate with emergency responders.

In case of emergency, dial 911.