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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC & FAQ'S:

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The 2019 novel coronavirus is a rapidly evolving situation. Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health, the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is working closely with County Administration, elected officials, and community partners, including Cayuga Health System and other healthcare providers.

For the most updated TCHD news, click here.


NYS BURN BAN IN EFFECT THROUGH MAY 14, 2021:

Open burning of household trash releases dangerous compounds including arsenic, carbon monoxide, benzene, styrene, formaldehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide and dioxin, among others.  Open burning is also the single greatest cause of wildfires in New York.  Report all poachers and polluters by calling the DEC hotline, at 1-844-DEC-ECOs (1-844-332-3267).

 https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/58519.html

              

       

              


SPRING WEATHER SAFETY:

Severe weather can occur anytime.  Stay safe this spring by being prepared and informed.

Learn more here:  https://www.weather.gov/wrn/spring-safety.          

            

 

                  

 

 


SKYWARN TRAINING:

The National Weather Service is looking to bolster its SKYWARN spotter numbers in the Finger Lakes!

Spotters are trained on severe weather and what to report to the NWS and Emergency Management.

Classes are free and open to everyone, with no age requirements or previous training required.

The whole NWS Binghamton SKYWARN schedule with registration links can be found here:
https://www.weather.gov/bgm/outreachskywarntraining 


PREPAREDNESS:

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) has unveiled a new, free online Citizens Preparedness Training course.  The 24-minute training offers New Yorkers a condensed version of what they would have learned during an in-person course.

Topics include how to develop a family emergency plan, how to prepare your family and home for a potential emergency such as fire, what to do in specific situations such as active shooter, and covers evacuation or sheltering-in-place due to a life-threatening event, and much more.   The training also discusses what to do when returning home after an emergency, including re-entry procedures, checking for and documenting damage safely, addressing emotional and other personal needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic event, and being wary of post-disaster scams.

For more information, visit https://on.ny.gov/3iiYdlV.


TUNE IN:

Disaster and emergency information will broadcast from these local radio stations:

  • 870AM WHCU

  • 97.3FM WYXL

  • 91.7FM WICB

If your TV is working, monitor a regional all-news channel, such as Spectrum News, or the Weather Channel. A weather radio will also provide accurate and current information.

National Weather Service in Binghamton

National Weather Service in Binghamton
http://www.weather.gov/bgm/


 


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Q & A: WHAT TYPES OF EMERGENCIES CAN HAPPEN IN TOMPKINS COUNTY?

 Flooding

 Winter Storms - Snow/Ice/Cold

 Power Outages

 Heat Emergencies

 Fires

 Chemical/Hazmat Accidents

 Wind Storms/Tornado

There are certain basic concepts of preparedness that apply to any type of situation: