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Release Date: March 02, 2010

Last Friday's snow storm inconvenienced many people. Trees and wires came down. Over 7,000 families experienced power outages. And-- some roads were temporarily closed.
Now, that the the storm is over and everyone is warm again (hopefully), it's time to reflect on how the town handled this crisis. The entire Town Board and I welcome your feedback. What do you think we did right? What did we do wrong? How can we improve? Your feedback and input would be appreciated. Please e mail townboard@greenburghny.com with your thoughts.
The Greenburgh Town Board discussed last weeks snow storm at our work session. Councilmembers Sonja Brown, Diana Juettner, Kevin Morgan, Francis Sheehan and I will invite Public Works Commissioner Victor Carosi to present the Town Board with a report at our next Town Board meeting--Wednesday, March 10th. We will also provide residents with an analysis of the costs associated with this storm.
During the storm we tried to communicate with residents via our e mail system. However, many residents don't subscribe to our e list and were not informed of what was happening. As a result, they were not aware of what the town was doing and how to get help.
I have suggested that we create an e list for residents who only want to be contacted by e mail in the event of emergencies. This e mail list would not be used to update residents on town issues.
Another suggestion: a dedicated phone that would be used during emergencies. The town would record updates during the day on what we're doing, what residents could/should do to be safe/warm. If warming centers/shelters are open we can provide residents with updates re: location, services offered. Status reports on road closures, power outages, etc..could be provided. Important phone numbers (Con Ed, police, shelters, warming centers) could be given out on the emergency phone.
What do you think? What else could/should we do?
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