Advertisement
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Amsterdam, NY ,

 

Advertisement

Keeping an eye focused on the sky

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Updated: 8:24 AM

Even the casual local observer has to be more than a little impressed with the work being done by the folks in the county's Emergency Management Department. Be it severe storm warnings or high heat and humidity warnings (which was today's alert, by the way), or the response to conditions caused by the forces of nature, it feels as if our little slice of the Mohawk Valley is more connected and in tune than it has been before.

A pat on the back has definitely been earned by those keeping an eye to the sky and an ear to the ground. And an umbrella by the door.

The fickle, and by "fickle" we mean "life-threatening," thunderstorms that have become the norm during the past few summers are cause for alarm. Our emergency management team keeps us up to date with information posted on the Internet and through the local media. These caution flags have proven helpful on more than one occasion as recently as, well, today.

And speaking of today, there is an opportunity for those of us who live in the flood plain to learn more about our properties and our risks.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will hold an open house this afternoon and evening to discuss with county residents their new emergency flood plain maps.

Residents who live in a flood zone are encouraged to attend in the county annex building in Fonda between 4 and 8 p.m. Officials will be on hand to discuss the new Montgomery County Digital Flood Insurance Map and the National Flood Insurance Program.

The local map project is part of a nationwide effort to update the county's flood hazard maps. County residents and businesses now have the ability to make more informed decisions by having up-to-date, reliable, Internet-accessible information about their flood risk on a property-by-property basis. The maps will also help local officials, engineers and planners determine where and how new structures and developments should be built to maximize safety.

The public can stop in and discuss the maps, learn how to read them, learn about building standards, insurance ratings and premiums and discuss continued flood mitigation efforts. Also, any member of the public can access the mapping system online at www.rampp-team.com/ny.htm.

We hope those of you who do take advantage of this informational opportunity also take a minute to thank the folks who are working hard every day for our safety. The unpredictability of the weather has found some balance in the reliability of our emergency team.

     

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Advertisement
Subscribe to The Recorder

 

The Recorder Sports Schedule

Most Popular

    Area sports calendar
    Monday, July 18, 2016

    Legislature to discuss CFA resolution at Tuesday meeting
    Monday, July 18, 2016

    MCSPCA rescues cats from hoarding situation
    Friday, July 22, 2016

    Four arrested for drug possession in Amsterdam
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    County tackles staffing, overtime in sheriff's office
    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Amsterdam loses bid for $10M state grant
    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    New eatery to open this week at former Sorrenti's Pizzeria in Fonda
    Monday, July 18, 2016

    Generator project breaking ground in Amsterdam
    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    Daniel J. 'Pucky' Agresta
    Friday, July 22, 2016

    Students urge GASD board to reconsider termination of AHS Spanish teacher
    Thursday, July 21, 2016

Advertisement

Copyright © McClary Media, Inc.

Privacy Policies: The Recorder

Contact Us

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook