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Herkimer County Emergency Operation Center Update

By WKTV News

HERKIMER COUNTY, (WKTV) - As recovery efforts continue across Central New York, The Herkimer County Emergency Operations Center has issued the following revised announcements for residents of the impacted areas:  
 
BOIL WATER ORDERS
Residents in the following area are advised to boil their water: 
·         Village of Mohawk
 
FEMA
Many residents have had inquiries regarding FEMA.
 
From www.fema.gov, “FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.”
 
Representatives from FEMA have confirmed that they are continuing to work with state officials to complete preliminary damage assessments. For more information regarding the disaster declaration process, visit http://www.fema.gov/declaration-process-fact-sheet.
 
HUMAN SERVICES
 
TDAP VACCINATIONS
To date, the Herkimer County Department of Health has administered more than 900 free Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccinations.
 
Any resident, responder, or recovery worker in Herkimer County that is still in need of a free Tdap vaccination is strongly urged to attend one of the following Herkimer County Department of Health walk-in clinics and the Herkimer County Office Building (301 N Washington Street, Herkimer):
·         Tuesday, July 16 from 9 to 11 a.m.
·         Thursday, July 18 from 9 to 11 a.m.
 
For information, call 867-1176.
 
Points of Distribution (PODs, Multi-Agency Operated)
·         Village of Mohawk, Mohawk Fire Department, 28 Columbia Street
    • Water, Clean-up kits.  Hours of Operation: 9a.m. – 5p.m.
·         Van Hornesville, Owen D Young School 2316 State Highway 80 Herkimer, NY
o   Water, Clean-up kits. Hours of operation: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
 
America Red Cross (Helpline: 315-733-4666)
The American Red Cross continues to have emergency response vehicles (ERVs) operating in the area to provide food, clean-up and comfort kits, and other human services.
 
Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has mobile vehicles operating in the county, providing food, water, and other human services. Residents can also visit the following distribution site until further notice:   
         
Village of Herkimer –Salvation Army office, 431 N. Prospect Street (315-866-1240)
·         Coffee and drinks 9 a.m. to noon
·         Hot Dinner 6p.m. to 8 p.m. 
 
DEBRIS REMOVAL
Trash services are operating on pre-storm conditions. For information on your municipality’s debris removal procedures, contact your municipal supervisor or Department of Public Works (DPW). For information on those individuals, visit http://herkimercounty.org/content/Generic/View/5.
 
If moving debris, please ensure it is not obstructing traffic operations or covering drainage grates. If you live in a community with storm sewers please keep them clear of debris as much as possible.   Residents in rural communities are asked to keep their driveway culverts clear of debris to help assist recovery efforts.
 
TOWN OF HERKIMER DEBRIS ANNOUNCEMENT
The Town of Herkimer has dumpsters available at the Town Highway Garage on Gros Boulevard in Herkimer for Town of Herkimer residents to use to dispose of trash caused by the recent flood damage. For further information please call the Town Office at 315-866-2690.
 
VILLAGE OF ILION DEBRIS ANNOUNCEMENT 
The Village of Ilion will discontinue curbside flood damaged item pick up on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 2 pm.  If the need arises in the future, the village will pick up on an individual, as needed basis. Please note that any debris or items that are not flood damaged and placed curbside will not be picked up and the resident will be ticketed for illegal dumping.
 
VILLAGE OF HERKIMER DEBRIS ANNOUNCEMENT
The Village of Herkimer has announced that debris removal for flood-affected Village residents will end on Friday, July 12, at 2pm. Any residents with debris after that date are asked to contact the Village office at 315-866-3303 to be put on a list. Village officials will review the situation accordingly.
 
If homeowners have questions regarding hazardous material disposal or on-site concerns, they should contact the New York State Spill Hotline at 1-800-457-7362.
 
VOLUNTEER SERVICES
The Southern Baptist Disaster Hotline is available for those interested in helping residents in Herkimer County who have been affected by the severe weather and flooding. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the recovery efforts, please contact 716-796-1656. 
 
POWER
Power restoration is continuing throughout the impacted areas. In the Village of Mohawk, there will be low energy levels for some time. Please use power sparingly and only for essential purposes. Essentials include: hot water heaters, lights, and refrigerators (please no air conditioners). 
 
In an effort to restore electricity to storm-damaged areas as quickly as possible, National Grid will reimburse a New York State licensed electrical inspector, up to $85, for the electrical inspection required before service restoration at a home or business. It is limited to one electrical inspection per property, and is available to all National Grid electric or natural gas customers in flooded areas. National Grid reminds customers meters cannot be re-energize until repairs have been made by the homeowner. Any service – both gas and electric – that was affected by flooding, including gas appliances inside the home, must be inspected prior to service restoration as a safety precaution.

 
For information about the inspection program, please call 1-800-260-0054.
To request a ‘relight’ of gas services or a ‘turn on’ of electric, please call 1-800-642-4272.
 
ALWAYS ASK RECOVERY WORKERS FOR PROPER IDENTIFICATION – NATIONAL GRID EMPLOYEES WILL NEVER ASK FOR PAYMENT UP FRONT
 
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE VALIDITY OF ANY INDIVIDUAL OFFERING HOME REPAIR OR THINK YOU MAY BE THE VICTIM OF A SCAM, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICE IMMEDIATELY
 
DEC PERMITS
For information regarding on the storm recovery changes made to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation permits, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/89343.html or call 315-793-2555, Monday through Friday, 9a.m. – 5p.m.
 
DUST AND POLLEN
Due to the levels of dust and pollen released by the floods, particle masks will be supplied to residents starting Monday, July 1. Distribution of the masks will take place at the following locations: 
·         Village of Herkimer Fire Department, 125 N Washington St. Herkimer, 13350
·         Village of Mohawk Fire Department, 28 Columbia St.  Mohawk, 13407
·         Village of Ilion Municipal Building, 49 Morgan St. Ilion, 13357
·         City of Little Falls Fire Station, 659 East Main St. Little Falls, NY 13365
·         Town of Herkimer at 114 North Prospect Street
 
 
A MESSAGE FROM THE HERKIMER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey S. Carpenter has received information that certain businesses in the Herkimer County area are engaging in what is commonly known as “price gouging” as a result of the recent flooding.  DA Carpenter reminds local businesses that this conduct is prohibited by New York General Business Law section 396-R which allows for the imposition of a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars.  The District Attorney’s office states that this conduct will not be tolerated and all complaints will immediately be referred to the Office of the Attorney General who prosecutes such offenses.  Anyone with information pertaining to this conduct is urged to contact the Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office at 315-867-1155 or the Attorney General’s Office at 315-793-2225. 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Herkimer County Flood Helpline: 315-574-3011
Hours: 9a-5p until further notice
The Herkimer County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has activated a flood helpline for residents of Herkimer County who have questions regarding issues directly related to flooding in Herkimer County. Staff will be able to provide non-emergency information for activities occurring on a county-level such as tetanus shot locations from the Herkimer County Public Health office, distribution points for food and water, ways to volunteer, and ways to sign up for assistance from volunteer services. LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR 911.
 
NYS Flood Helpline: 1-888-769-7243 
Hours: Mon-Fri 8a-8p, Weekends 10a-5p
Governor Cuomo has ordered the activation of the NYS Flood Helpline to aid residents affected by widespread flooding across areas of New York State. New Yorkers can call the helpline for recommendations from the NYS Department of Health, assistance in filing an insurance claim, what to do in case of an oil spill or power outage, mental health assistance, and for other recovery needs as well. LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR 911.
 
After a disaster it is important to take special action with food, water, hygiene, cleaning, and other recovery efforts. For recommended actions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC), visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/
 
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