WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Westchester County is taking action to prepare in the event of storm activity.
As WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reported, Westchester County has gathered first responders and other officials each year since Superstorm Sandy in 2012 to discuss event preparedness in case another storm hits.READ MORE: Police Escort Body Of NYPD Officer Jason Rivera To Inwood Funeral Home
It just so happened that this year’s fell right in the middle of major hurricanes.
County Executive Rob Astorino said they have learned a lot since Sandy, especially the importance of local officials having the power to make decisions.READ MORE: Tri-State Area Police Departments Travel To Harlem In Tribute To Fallen NYPD Officer Jason Rivera
“If it got caught in the bureaucracy, it just stalled everything and that added to frustration and also put everybody is a dangerous situation,” Astorino said.
He said coordination and communication are key, especially for the public.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Wounded Officer Wilbert Mora Being Transferred To NYU Langone Medical Center, Still In Critical Condition
“If you have a mandatory evacuation and people don’t leave, they need to realize that nobody is coming to get them for a long period of time and so they are putting themselves at risk,” Astorino said.