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Local leaders issue preparations, precautions ahead of Sunday's wind storm

February 22, 2019 11:11 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Local leaders are trying to make sure they're ready if the wind really does blast the area and depending on how rough it gets, it may come to a state of emergency. 

However, city leaders are reminding residents it is nothing we haven't seen before. 

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"This is something we have experienced before. With that in mind, we need to make sure we take the proper steps now to prepare for what might hit Rochester and Monroe County over the weekend," said Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo. 

So, ahead of the wind storm, Monroe County leaders got on the phone with local fire departments, highway supervisors, law enforcement and town supervisors to make sure they're coordinated as they prepare for the worst.

They've also been lining up state help from the transportation department and the health department for those whose vital medical equipment might get knocked out by a power failure.

The city is planning to open up the Gantt R-Center as a shelter from Sunday morning through Monday, if needed. The Red Cross and other agencies are also standing by to provide shelter. 

In addition, RG&E and National Grid have been proactively trimming potentially problematic tree limbs. Keep in mind that a downed power line might be reported to RG&E crews but they can't do anything while those winds are still blowing at dangerous speeds. 

Officials are urging the public to be ready for what could be an extended period without power but they are also pleading for patience as they expect an avalanche of crisis calls. 

"Stay tuned, make sure you have batteries, you have flashlights, you have adequate food for at least a few days, water. If you need to take shelter, if you have a house you can go to, a house that might have a generator, you might want to make plans for that as well," said Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo. 

Rochester responders are urging anyone with a problem to dial 911 for emergencies and 311 for other service issues.

The Livingston County Department of Health also issued a list of winter storm preparations and precautions on their website in case of power outages and flooding this Sunday into Monday. 

The list of those preparations and precautions are as follows: 

Before: Be Prepared

  • Stock up on common food, water, and other supplies. Identify emergency contacts. 

  • Safeguard your home and health by getting timely information on storm progress from the internet, radio and television news stations. 

  • Plan for possible evacuation if you are in a flood-prone or sensitive area.

During: Storm Safety

  • If there is a power outage, be mindful of food safety by keeping refrigerator and freezers doors closed to the extent possible.

  • If using a generator or supplemental heating device, beware of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards.

  • If you have to evacuate, be cautious of roadway conditions and possible road closures.

After: Storm Recovery

  • If you evacuated and upon re-entering your home, look for signs of water from roof leaks, broken pipes and basement flooding.

  • If you smell gas, get out of the house immediately and contact the utility company.

  • Check for food supplies that may have spoiled during a power outage and discard them if they seem suspicious.

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