BEDFORD, N.Y. — With only days before Hurricane Sandy roars into the area bearing heavy rains and strong, gusty winds, Bedford officials say the town is prepared.
Nicknamed “ Frankenstorm ,” Sandy is forecast to hit Westchester and the tri-state area as early as Sunday and last until as late as Tuesday, which also happens to be the anniversary of last October’s freak snowstorm.
Since “Snowtober” and Hurricane Irene last year, Bedford Public Works Commissioner Kevin Winn said, the town has done good work preparing for the next disaster.
“Today is about planning and preparation,” he said Friday. The department is getting sandbags ready for any flooding and its chain saws ready to cut through branches to clear roads and remove trees that have fallen on power lines.
In addition to readying the necessary equipment, the town made other preparations over the summer, when a group of local supervisors, including Bedford Supervisor Lee V.A. Roberts, held talks with the major utility companies, New York State Electric & Gas and Consolidated Edison, to discuss improving response times and coordination between agencies.
According to the National Weather Service , this weekend’s hurricane is likely to travel north in the Atlantic Ocean, where it could collide with arctic air and veer west to the New England coast. The combination could cause flooding, widespread property damage and power outages.
The Bedford Police Department sent out an alert Friday to remind residents to have a family emergency plan in case they are stranded in their homes or need to evacuate.
“Once a disaster has struck is the wrong time to learn that you, your family, or friends are not prepared,” said the alert.
Police advised residents to prepare personal and family disaster kits with an adequate supply of water, food, clothing, cash, toiletries and personal effects, a first aid kit, flashlights, and batteries.
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