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October 29, 2012

Flood watch, high wind warnings in effect

Area residents urged to prepare for storm

Staff Report
The Daily Star

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The American Red Cross urged residents to complete emergency preparations Sunday for possible power outages or other weather-related problems associated with Hurricane Sandy.

Some officials said authorities will meet Monday to review weather forecasts and potential impacts of Hurricane Sandy on area communities.

On Sunday night, the National Weather Service in Binghamton said a flood watch and high-wind warning were in effect from Monday to Tuesday in Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties. In Schoharie County, a high-wind warning and a flood watch also are in effect Monday and Tuesday, the NWS in Albany said.

On its website, the Red Cross suggested an emergency preparedness kit include water (one gallon per person, per day);  nonperishable, easy-to-prepare foods; flashlights; a battery or  hand-cranked radio; a first aid kit; a seven-day supply of medications and medical items; copies of personal documents, such as a medication list, a deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies; a cell phone with chargers; family and emergency contact information; and extra cash.

If someone at home depends on electric-powered, life-sustaining equipment, Red Cross officials suggest identifying backup power sources. Officials recommended having a three-day supply of food and water for evacuations and a two-week supply ready for stays at home.

The Maryland Baptist Church, located at 7575 State Highway 7 in Maryland, has been set up as an emergency shelter for Maryland/Schenevus area residents. For more information, call 638-5452 or email Belleayre Mountain ski resort, in Highmount, which served as a shelter following Hurricane Irene, will also be available as needed. 

In Delaware County on Sunday, two events scheduled for Monday at SUNY Delhi have been canceled because of the pending storm, a media release from the college said.

The events, which were in conjunction with SUNY Delhi’s Centennial Celebration, were the “100 Year Happening Haunted House,” and the Mission: Wolf educational presentation. College officials said they would try to reschedule both events.

Early dismissal is in effect today for Walton and Delhi schools.