A state of emergency was declared in Chenango County, with all roads in the county scheduled to close at 9 p.m. Monday. The road closing will be re-evaluated at 6 a.m. today, according to a media release from the county Bureau of Fire and Emergency Management.
Otsego monitoring weather
The Otsego County Office of Emergency Services was monitoring the weather and keeping municipalities apprised of conditions via email, Coordinator Kevin Ritton said about 4 p.m. Monday. The office participated in conference calls Monday with the National Weather Service and the state emergency services officials, he said.
The Otsego County Office of Emergency Services opened a shelter at St. Mary’s Church annex building on Walnut Street in Oneonta at 7 p.m. Monday.
No Oneonta buses
Oneonta Public Transit parked its buses at 7 p.m. Monday, with operations scheduled to resume at noon today, city officials said.
Red Cross prepares
The Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross said it had shelters on standby for residents of Oneida, Herkimer and Otsego counties and is mobilizing volunteers, relief supplies and disaster vehicles. It is working with county emergency management officials.
Cornell Cooperative Extension urged farmers to prepare for power outages, structural or crop damage, insurance claims and damage that could accompany Sandy. It reminded farmers that photos of agricultural losses are very helpful to the U.S. Agriculture Department, especially with their livestock indemnity programs. Farmers and homeowners also should store all business records above flood level, which is generally at least 2 feet off the floor, the service said in a press release.