New Castle Will Be Forming An Emergency Preparedness Committee

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New Castle Town Board members at their Aug. 5, 2014 work session.
New Castle Town Board members at their Aug. 5, 2014 work session. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- An Emergency Preparedness Committee is being formed to receive community input to the Town of New Castle for emergency operations planning, according to Supervisor Rob Greenstein.

If interested in serving, email Town Administrator Jill Shapiro atJShapiro@MyNewCastle.org.

In an email statement, Greenstein gave background for why the committee is being formed.

The Emergency Preparedness Committee is being established to provide community input to and assist in the Town of New Castle's planning and preparations for emergency operations and to involve residents in providing appropriate assistance during emergency operations.

"There are many emergencies that can impact New Castle. The most common are severe weather, power outages and flooding," he wrote. "Although these emergencies cannot be eliminated, we can reduce the risk of injuries, property damage and economic impact through individual and community preparedness. To prepare for a community emergency, collaboration, communication and coordination within New Castle, with neighboring jurisdictions, and with County, State, Federal and other agencies is critical.

"Each household must also commit time to develop a plan. Families must know how to get up-to-date information on the emergency. Families must consider any special needs, disabilities, family pets or particular hazards in their home. Being prepared is your best protection." 

The topic was among those on the New Castle Town Board's agenda for its meeting this past Tuesday.

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There also must be a way for homeowners to communicate with the emergency committee if their house or people in the house need help.