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The Telegram
  • Herkimer County Emergency Operations Center updates for Friday

  • As recovery efforts continue across Central New York, the Herkimer County Emergency Operations Center has issued the following revised announcements for residents of the impacted areas:

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  • As recovery efforts continue across Central New York, the Herkimer County Emergency Operations Center has issued the following revised announcements for residents of the impacted areas: 
    BOIL WATER ORDERS
    Residents in the following areas are advised to boil their water: 
    • Village of Mohawk
    • Van Hornesville in the town of Stark
    • Leather Stocking Mobile Home Park in the town of German Flatts
    HUMAN SERVICES
    TDAP VACCINATIONS
    Free tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccinations will be available Friday, July 5, to responders, residents and recovery workers in Herkimer County impacted by the recent severe weather. The vaccinations will be available at the following locations and times: 
    • Van Hornesville, Town of Stark – Owen D. Young Central School, 2316 State Highway 80. Vaccines will be provided between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
    Additional information about Tdap can be found at the CDC’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/td-tdap.html
    Points of distribution (PODs, multi-agency operated)
    • Village of Herkimer, Fire Department, 125 N. Washington St.
      • Water, dry ice (evening only), food station provided between Washington and Mohawk streets
    • Village of Mohawk, Fire Department, 28 Columbia St.
      • Water, dry ice (evening only), food station provided between Henry and West of Columbia streets
    • Van Hornesville, Owen D. Young Central School, 2316 State Highway 80, Van Hornesville
      • Water, MREs. Hours of operation: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Salvation Army
    The Salvation Army has setup food, water and other human service operations at the following sites for Friday, July 5: 

    Village of Herkimer – Salvation Army office, 431 N. Prospect St. (866-1240)

    • Hot lunch: noon to 2 p.m.
    • Hot dinner: 6 to 8 p.m. 

    Village of Mohawk — Salvation Army, vacant lot at East Main Street and Bellinger Street next to the Family Dollar

    • Lunch: noon to 2 p.m.
    • Dinner: 5 p.m. until gone
    America Red Cross (Helpline: 705-5293)
    The Red Cross has announced bulk distribution sites will be open Saturday, July 6, from 10a.m. to 2p.m. Services offered at these locations include water, bleach, gloves, shovels, trash bags and clean-up kits, along with health services and casework. The locations for these sites are:
    • Village of Ilion, Remington Arms Parking Lot, East Clark Street between Central Avenue and Hope Street
    • Central Valley Middle School, 28 Grove St., Mohawk (formerly Mohawk High School)
    Page 2 of 4 - The Salvation Army and Red Cross have mobile vehicles operating in the area to provide food, water, clean-up kits and other human services items on-site. 
    WATER SAFETY
    • Keep children and pets away from potentially contaminated water until cleanup has been completed. 
    • Refrain from swimming in recently flooded areas and affected streams. Contamination from septic systems, fuel tanks and vehicles may be present until cleanup efforts have completed. 
    • Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves and goggles during cleanup of affected area. 
    • Have your on-site wastewater system professionally inspected and serviced if you suspect damage. 
    • Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens. 
    • After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and warm water. Use water that has been boiled for 1 minute (allow the water to cool before washing your hands).  
    • Seek immediate medical attention if you become injured or ill. 
    DEBRIS REMOVAL
    The following hours have been announced for the Oneida-Herkimer debris management operations, located at 80 Leland Avenue Extension, Utica, for all municipalities and private haulers: 
    • Friday, July 5: Midnight to 4 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 6: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Cleaning and sanitizing your household after an emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. First, wash surfaces with soap and warm, clean water to remove dirt and debris. Next, sanitize surfaces with household bleach. It is critical to read and follow the safety instructions on any product you use. Below are the most important safety guidelines when using sanitizing products:
    • Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner.
    • Wear rubber or other non-porous boots, gloves and eye protection.
    • Try not to breathe in product fumes. If using products indoors, open windows and doors to allow fresh air to enter.
    POWER
    Power restoration is continuing throughout the impacted areas. In the village of Mohawk, there will be low energy levels for some time. Please use power sparingly and only for essential purposes. Essentials include: hot water heaters, lights and refrigerators (please no air conditioners).
    In an effort to restore electricity to storm-damaged areas as quickly as possible, National Grid will reimburse a New York state licensed electrical inspector for the electrical inspection required before service restoration at a home or business. It is limited to one electrical inspection per property, and is available to all National Grid electric or natural gas customers in flooded areas. For information about this inspection program, please call 1-800-260-0054.
    National Grid still has operations set up at the following locations handing out restoration and energy efficiency program information and restoration kits:
    • The Village of Herkimer Fire Department, 125 N. Washington St., Herkimer
    Page 3 of 4 - ALWAYS ASK RECOVERY WORKERS FOR PROPER IDENTIFICATION – NATIONAL GRID EMPLOYEES WILL NEVER ASK FOR PAYMENT UP FRONT.
    IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE VALIDITY OF ANY INDIVIDUAL OFFERING HOME REPAIR OR THINK YOU MAY BE THE VICTIM OF A SCAM, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICE IMMEDIATELY.
    DUST AND POLLEN
    Due to the levels of dust and pollen released by the floods, particle masks will be supplied to residents starting Monday, July 1. Distribution of the masks will take place at the following locations: 
    • Village of Herkimer Fire Department, 125 N. Washington St., Herkimer, 13350
    • Village of Mohawk Fire Department, 28 Columbia St., Mohawk
    • Village of Ilion Municipal Building, 49 Morgan St., Ilion
    • City of Little Falls Fire Station, 659 E. Main St., Little Falls
    • Town of Herkimer office at 114 N. Prospect St., Herkimer
    A MESSAGE FROM THE HERKIMER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
    Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter has received information that certain businesses in the Herkimer County area are engaging in what is commonly known as “price gouging” as a result of the recent flooding. Carpenter reminds local businesses that this conduct is prohibited by New York General Business Law section 396-R which allows for the imposition of a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars. The district attorney’s office states that this conduct will not be tolerated and all complaints will immediately be referred to the Office of the Attorney General who prosecutes such offenses. Anyone with information pertaining to this conduct is urged to contact the Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office at 867-1155 or the Attorney General’s Office at 793-2225.  HOW TO DONATE & VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBLY
    • Cash is the most efficient method of donating – Cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover. Remember, unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
    • Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
    • Be safe. Do not self-deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
    • Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.
    Page 4 of 4 - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    NYS Flood Helpline: 1-888-769-7243 
    Hours: Monday through Friday,  8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Governor Cuomo has ordered the activation of the NYS Flood Helpline to aid residents affected by widespread flooding across areas of New York state. New Yorkers can call the helpline for assistance, including important local contact information for health and safety tips, locations of tetanus shots, what to do in case of an oil spill or power outage, mental health assistance and for other recovery needs as well. Life threatening emergencies should be reserved for 911.
    After an emergency it is important to take special action with food, water, hygiene, cleaning and other recovery efforts. For recommended actions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/
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