Sandy Prep: Broome County

By Erika Mahoney

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Although officials are not sure what path Hurricane Sandy is going take, Broome County leaders are taking action now in case it does hit the county.

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston said she doesn't want to cause panic, but being over prepared can't hurt.

"We've been in touch with NYSEG, and we are already working on the details for dry ice and bottled water distribution centers, should they be needed," said Preston. "All county DPW crews and emergency service personnel are on stand by and we will activate our emergency operations center if and when it becomes necessary."

County officials are also in constant communication with experts at the National Weather Service to keep track of the storm in case evacuations become necessary.

"We continue to update Broome County on the latest information with the track itself, and again, try to emphasis we are still a couple of days out and the picture does get more clear as we get closer to next week," said Meteorologist Erik Heden.

And if that picture shows a serious storm, Emergency Services Director Brett Chellis said it is very important to stay informed and follow local government directions.

"Above all, please listen to evacuation orders," said Chellis. "Do not risk first responders lives to go back in a second and a third time when you have been asked to evacuate."

Chellis added that a good way to stay informed is through New York Alert.

"Register for New York Alert," he said. "This is the first way we can reach the residents should there be a flash flooding scenario or a need to evacuate a particular area because of flash flooding or river flooding. This is the first method we need to contact you with."

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