Written by Garden City Mayor Robert J. Rothschild Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00
Writing on behalf of the Garden City Community, I wish to thank Fire Chief William Graham and the members of the Garden City Fire Department for conducting the beautiful ninth year anniversary ceremony of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was a very moving experience and assisted many of us to get through that difficult day.
In an earlier column, I shared some suggestions on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.
As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:
• Never touch or go near fallen wires, even if you think they are safe. Parents can use this opportunity to remind children that wires are dangerous. If you are in a vehicle that comes in contact with a downed wire, stay in your vehicle until help arrives.
• Make sure you have a working, battery-powered radio or television and a good supply of fresh replacement batteries. Have flashlights available for all family members.
• If an electric pump supplies your water, fill spare food-grade containers with water for cooking and washing in anticipation of a possible power interruption.
Make sure all motor-driven equipment, such as garage door openers, can be operated manually.
• When using a portable generator, make sure all LIPA-powered equipment is disconnected. This will avoid severe hazards when reconnecting the power to your home or business.
• Have a first aid kit at home and check its contents to make sure they are complete and up-to-date. If you have family members with special medical needs, such as insulin or other prescription drugs, check to make sure you have an adequate supply.
• Do not use charcoal to cook indoors; deadly carbon monoxide gas can accumulate in your home.
• If you have an elderly neighbor, be a Good Samaritan and check on his or her status. Even a quick telephone call during a storm can provide much appreciated assurance that help is nearby if needed.
• Should an electric power interruption occur, all sensitive equipment, such as computers and TVs should be disconnected until service is restored.
LIPA would also like to remind our customers to be alert. If you see repair crews working on downed power lines, please drive carefully. Expect delays and exercise caution when driving near any of the repair crews working to restore your power. For more detailed information regarding hurricanes and the steps customers should take to prepare for the possibility that the storm could hit Long Island, LIPA’s electric service customers should go to http://www.lipower.org/ stormcenter/safety.html. Please take these suggestions seriously they can save your life.
The continuation of the Public Hearing regarding the St. Paul’s School Demolition for Open Space Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be held at Village Hall in the Board Room, on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. Persons wishing to speak on the DEIS will be asked to register and limit remarks to three minutes. The next Board of Trustees meetings will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7; and Thursday, Oct. 21. The meetings will be held in the boardroom at Village Hall and will begin at 8 p.m.
I encourage residents to periodically utilize the village’s website for information regarding the village’s operations, as well as items of seasonal and special interest. The address is www.gardencityny.net. For your convenience, listed on the village’s home page under the Heading of Department of Public Works is a sub-heading “Water and Sewer Services,” which includes information regarding water conservation.