CARMEL, N.Y. - Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has met with her Executive ICS Team to discuss the possible impact of Winter Storm Harper. The forecast calls for light snow to begin Saturday evening which will increase in intensity before possibly changing to sleet and rain as a warm front passes through very early Sunday morning. This transition will be brief as a bitter cold front moves into position and the storm will continue to deliver heavy snow. Any accumulated rain will quickly turn to ice causing ice patches. They anticipate increasing wind speeds Saturday through Sunday with wind gusts up to 25 mph. Total accumulations across our area could reach over 12 inches. Temperatures on Monday will remain in the single digits.

“Our Emergency Operations Center will be activated during this event so we can continue to coordinate activities from our highway crews, police, fire and EMS” Odel said.“This storm has the potential to make quite an impact on our area and we need to stay ahead of it”. And that includes the public who are reminded to make sure they have sufficient medications, water and non-perishable food items. It’s also a good time to check the remaining fuel for your oil burner or propane appliance ensuring that you can go at least one week with needing to refuel.

Odell also wants residents to check on those that may need extra help saying, “Now is the time to reach out and check on your friends, neighbors and elderly especially those that may need a little extra help. The weekend is a good time to stay home and enjoy time with your family or friends, stay off the roads unless essential to allow our highway crews to do their job," she said.

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Putnam County Commissioner of Emergency Services Ken Clair provides some additional tips: “Generators give off dangerous carbon monoxide fumes, always run generators outdoors, not in garages, making sure all generators are connected with an electrician installed transfer switch, test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors making sure they are installed properly and in good working order."

Residents are reminded to report any outages to their local utility company.  NYSEG can be contacted at 800-572-1131. Central Hudson Gas & Electric can be contacted at 845-452-2700. Both companies have an app available for download to track outages.

Central Hudson has already committed a local presence in our EOC during this storm.

Putnam County 9-1-1 is fully manned and the public is reminded that it should be used only for emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS. Non-emergency calls should go directly to your local police, fire or EMS Corps. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department can be reached at 845-225-4300.

At this time Putnam County Public Transportation (PART) anticipates no impact on transit services on Saturday, as a result of the winter storm.  The PART system will operate if conditions permit on Monday, Jan. 21.  For information with regard to impacts on public transportation and changes in schedule,  listen to 100.7 WHUD, check the county website, or call dispatch on Monday morning at 845-878-7433 (RIDE).