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News Release

October 29, 2011      

Residents Advised to Exercise Caution in Autumn Snow and Stay Off Roads
County Emergency Operations Center Activated

Poughkeepsie… “As the storm begins to move into our area, residents are advised to stay off the roads.    Even minor snow accumulations will have the ability to bring down tree limbs and power lines, so it will be critical for people to allow emergency first responders, public works and utility crews to work,” said Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus.

Officials participated in a conference call late this morning with the National Weather Service (NWS) out of Albany to get the latest storm updates.   According to the NWS, Dutchess County is under a winter weather advisory with current forecasts calling for five to nine inches of snowfall.   Snowfall is expected to continue into early Sunday morning.  Winds of 10-15mph are expected during storm and are predicted to increase to 20-30 MPH on Sunday afternoon after snow ends.    The largest impacts of the storm will be to trees with leaves and powerlines.

County Executive Steinhaus has activated the Dutchess County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as of noon today (Saturday) to monitor and respond to the storm.

Agencies stationed at the Dutchess County EOC include:
• Dutchess County Emergency Response
• Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office
• New York State Police
• Dutchess County Public Works
• American Red Cross
• Dutchess County Soil & Water

Representatives from Central Hudson will be stationed in the Dutchess County 911 Dispatch Center to monitor reports of downed power lines to be able to coordinate faster response to downed power lines and work with county public works crews.
County health and human service agencies are on stand by to respond as needed to address human services needs, such as isolated senior citizens, that may result from potential extended power outages.

“Spend the day with your family and allow crews to do their jobs in response to the storm.    Be safe and stay home,” said Steinhaus.

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