From Dutchess County Office of Emergency Management

Dutchess County Emergency Operations Center

392 Creek Road * Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Phone: 845/486-2080



Date: October 29, 2011


For Further Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus, Public Information Officer



Residents Advised to Exercise Caution

and Stay Off Roads in Autumn Snow


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.

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

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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