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Letter: Expand Coverage of North Shore Alert System

I enjoyed reading about the North Shore Alert system in the March 25 issue.

Based on statements from the article and the PWMEOM website I tried to sign up for the system as it seems like a great idea. The concept is simple yet effective.

From the article and the PWMOEM website:

“It includes the town of North Hempstead, representing the unincorporated areas of both towns.., Nassau County Police Department-6th Precinct.”

“Commissioner Forman noted the alert system covers an area north of Northern Boulevard to the tip of Sands Point, an area encompassing approximately 38,000 residents.”

From the PWMOEM website “Serving the Port Washington Peninsula, north of Northern Blvd.”

I was dismayed to learn that although I live in an area served by the 6th Precinct and north of Northern Blvd. the area I live in (which is unincorporated) is excluded. The reason given is that part of the Manhasset unincorporated area is south of Northern Blvd. and outside of the target area, Based on that a decision was made to exclude the entire unincorporated area from both the PWMOEM and North Shore Alert. The unincorporated area of Port Washington is included. Presumably because that entire area is within the target zone.

The Town of North Hempstead provides funding for this service. The Town has its own OEM. It seems troubling that the town is not providing a similar service for the rest of the town residents. After all we are paying for North Shore Alert. I’m not sure the need to provide redundant services for a select area that includes the exclusive private villages (thereby creating a ‘special’ layer of service for these areas) is appropriate. Especially when I’d hope the town would be looking to consolidate services or reduce expenses.

If this was intended to be a service for the villages only then it should be up to the villages to fund the system without town involvement or participation. Or if it is to include any of the town areas then it needs to be available to all Town of North Hempstead residents.

From the article: “Plandome Heights Deputy Mayor Alvin Solomon said he has worked on the system almost a year. Should there be a hazardous materials situation on Plandome Road, he said, with North Shore Alert you can map out the endangered areas and notify them through multiple contact numbers, to close their windows, to get the children and the dog inside.”

That statement points out the problems. I live three blocks from Plandome Road and would not be notified but residents in Plandome would. So it’s OK to protect the children and dogs in Plandome but not the unincorporated areas?

I did speak with Mr. Forman about the system and he was quite informative. I applaud him for the concept.

Sally Rosenberg