At a 9 a.m. emergency-planning meeting on Saturday, Mayor Margot Garant announced that a state of emergency for Port Jefferson village had been put into effect. According to state law, an emergency declaration allows town leaders to declare such measures for their respective municipalities such as a curfew, evacuation zones, emergency shelters, and opening and closing of roads to the public, among others.
A statement released by the village is posted below:
The Inc. Village of Port Jefferson declared a state of emergency on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 9 a.m. due to Hurricane Sandy which is projected to affect the Village by Monday evening.
We predict Hurricane Sandy to affect the village sometime Monday evening. We should feel the full impact by midnight into the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 30 when we expect severe flooding due to high tides, and a full moon. This, together with high winds, makes for the perfect storm.
Beginning at 3:00 PM Monday afternoon, the Village’s Command Center located at the Port Jefferson Ambulance facility (high ground) will be manned to receive calls (631-403-6111) and dispatch emergency Village resources.
The Village will be closing roads to lower Port Jefferson, and we ask this emergency measure be complied with fully, as our emergency crews will not be able to assist stranded vehicles.
Emergency calls to the EOC at 631-403-6111 will be screened and dispatched to the appropriate agency.
AN EMERGENCY IS AN EVENT THAT THREATENS LIFE OR PROPERTY.
In the event of a medical emergency, as always, call 911.
- Remove cars from the streets to provide clear access for emergency and repair vehicles,
- Secure and turn off propane tanks,
- Charge cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices, in the event you lose electricity,
- Secure outdoor furniture and other objects that could become projectiles,
- Remove and clear debris from nearby storm drains,
- Batteries and battery operated radios and flashlights in the event you lose electricity.
In case of an emergency village residents are encouraged to call 911 first. Starting at 3 p.m. on Monday, for all non-emergency calls residents from the villages of Port Jefferson and Belle Terre can call (631) 403-6111 and they will be routed to the appropriate department in the village. In the event you lose electricity please contact LIPA directly at (800) 490-0075.
All residents are asked to take every precaution to help ensure that you and your family will remain safe during and after the storm.