Members of the Essex County Emergency Operations Center include, front, Assistant Chief Alan Evans (Alameda County Fire Department) and Battalion Chief Dave Gibson (El Cerrito Fire Department) from the East Bay Incident Management Team and, back, Kathy Daggett, Essex County Public Health Interim Director and Lenny Turbini, Essex County Information Systems Network Supervisor.
Emergency Operations Center
LEWIS — Essex County, struck hard by Tropical Storm Irene, has been responding in a coordinated effort to public and individual needs.
An Emergency Operations Center has been established at the Public Safety Building in Lewis where local, state and federal entities are collaborating. New York Emergency Management Assistance Compact has engaged an incident management team from California as a part of a state to state mutual aid request to assist with this collaboration.
Essex County government, State and county police, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, transportation, NYSEG, Red Cross and others are all working together to respond to public and individuals needs of Essex County residents.
Residents are encouraged to use the Essex County website, www.co.essex.ny.us for the most up to date information. This site is updated regularly throughout the day.
Information available includes: road closures, FEMA disaster assistance applications, disaster and flood damage survey form, boil water orders, public health issues including treating well water and household cleaning including mold.
People without internet access, may call the Emergency Operations Center at (518) 873-3932 or their local Town Hall.
Dry ice is available for those without power and in need of alternative refrigeration at the NYSEG Building next to Public Safety Building in Lewis, off NYS I-87 exit 32 and Walmart in Ticonderoga.
People concerned about emotional, behavioral or psychological distress as a result of the flooding may contact Essex County Mental Health Services at 873-3670, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On evenings, weekends and holidays, residents may contact the Crisis Hotline at 1-888-854-3373.
FEMA reps coming to Jay
JAY — Governor Andrew Cuomo has spoken to President Barack Obama regarding the damages suffered in the town of Jay and Essex County due to Hurricane Irene. At this time, Obama has waived all criteria for individual assistence from FEMA. Individual assistance is described as “aid directly to families, providing federal aid and funding directly to affected individuals. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low cost loans to cover uninsured or under-insured property losses.
FEMA representatives will be arriving in the town of Jay and Essex County within the next few days. A temporary FEMA office will be set up at the town of Jay Community Center on Sept. 6, (times to be announced). Please keep proper records of all damages sufferred and expenditures. Also, any pictures of property damages are extremely helpful.
In order to be entered into the FEMA system for individual assistance you must fill out a disaster and flood damage survey form. If you have not already filed one of these forms, please do so as soon as possible. These forms are available at the town of Jay Community Center located at 11 School Lane in Au Sable Forks. Once this form is completed, you will be given the choice of a website or an “800” number to access the second step. If you do not have access to the internet or telephone at this time, please come to the Community Center and we will provide a means for you to contact FEMA. FEMA representatives will be arriving in the town of Jay on Sept. 6 to set up an office in the town of Jay Community Center in order to begin the next level of assistance. Please be available to attend.
If you have any questions, please call the supervisor’s office at 647-2204.
Lake Placid library helping
neighbor Upper Jay
LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Public Library has embarked on a fundraising project to help the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, which sustained heavy damages in the Aug. 28 flooding.
Besides collecting donations, the library will be giving all proceeds from its book sales for the month of September.
The AuSable River invaded the Upper Jay facility during Tropical Storm Irene, filling the basement and destroying the children’s collection located on the first floor, which was stored on the lower shelves. Workers and volunteers have been trying to save archival materials, to empty the library of ruined volumes and to shovel mud.
“It’s heartbreaking to see the pictures of that library,” Lake Placid Library Board of Trustees President Beverley Reid said.
Reid said that the library board would be adding money to that raised through book sales and donations.
“They are going to be facing a lot of expenses fixing that beautiful building and what they are going to need for that is cash,” Reid said. “This is a great way for the people of North Elba and the surrounding area to show our neighbors that we care.”
All proceeds from the Lake Placid Public Library will be given directly to the Wells Library. Children’s books in good condition will also be accepted on behalf of Upper Jay.
Adirondack author Kate Messner has been sending out appeals on a blog attached to her website, katemessner.com, and is unofficially coordinating efforts with the Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid to replace books.
Anyone wishing for more information or to help may contact the library at 523-3200.
Second FEMA site opens Friday
MORIAH — The Essex County Emergency Operations Center announces that a second FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), located at the Moriah Fire House, 630 Tarbell Hill Road, will be opening on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. Storm-affected residents and small business owners may obtain information and services from County, State and Federal agencies. Residents are encouraged to visit the center to get information and answers to questions. Operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Also on hand at the Disaster Recovery Center will be representatives from the Small Business Administration who can explain the low-interest loan packages available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size. Essex County Public Health will be available at the Center on Friday from 10a.m. to noon to offer free Tetanus vaccine for those affected by the Irene.