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News Release    

February 26, 2010      

For Further Information Contact:
Colleen Pillus – Public Information Officer
(845) 473-5328

Dutchess County Emergency Operations Center Activated

Update as of 11:10am:

The Dutchess County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated early this morning.    Currently, there are officials from the following departments and agencies coordinating emergency response from the ECC:

  • New York State Police
  • New York State Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Dutchess County Sheriff
  • Dutchess County Executive Office
  • Dutchess County Fire Coordinators
  • Dutchess County EMS Coordinators
  • American Red Cross of Dutchess County
  • Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response
  • Dutchess County Department of Public Works
  • Dutchess County Division of Aging Services
  • Dutchess County Department of Health
  • Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene
  • Dutchess County Department of Planning (including Mass Transit)
  • Dutchess County Medical Reserve Corp
  • Central Hudson

Update from NYS DOT:

  • NYS DOT has cleared a portion of the Dutchess Mall parking lot to hold vehicles notably tractor trailers to get them off Interstate 84.
  • Interstate 84 is now open eastbound.
  • IBM East Fishkill parking lot off Lime Kiln Road is also being cleared to accommodate vehicles.
  • Work is in progress to clear westbound (NYS DOT, NYS State Police and DC Sheriff) anticipating another few hours.

Current update from the Dutchess County Sheriff:

  • Virtually everything from Spackenkill SOUTH is out.
  • Sheriff ATVs have been dispatched to get people stranded on Interstate 84, particularly those trapped in rest areas.

American Red Cross:

  • Working to open shelters in Beacon.    Will be closing the Millbrook shelter to focus on Southern Dutchess.

Town Warming Centers have been opened:

  • East Fishkill Fire Headquarters located at 2502 Route 52.
  • Tompkins Hose Company located at 13 South Avenue in Beacon
  • Wappinger Town Hall located on Middlebush Road.

Dutchess Medical Reserve Corp (MRC):

  • Volunteers are being called in to assist at shelters.

Dutchess County Health, Aging and Mental Hygiene:

  • Have been in touch with hospitals, nursing homes and home care agencies to ensure vulnerable residents are taken care of.

Dutchess County Department of Public Works:

  • County roads generally under control.   DPW is working with Central Hudson to clear roads to get to downed power lines.

Dry Ice & Water Availability:

  • New Hamburg Fire Station 2 located at 2886 Route 9D in Wappinger
  • Red Hook High School located at 65 West Market Street


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