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Mayor Walsh Tells Harrison to Prepare for Irene

HARRISON, N.Y. - Town Mayor and Supervisor Joan Walsh issued a statement to Harrison residents Friday evening warning them to stay inside during Hurricane Irene.

Walsh said she participated in a county-wide conference call with the Westchester County Office of Emergency Management to coordinate what towns are doing in advance of the storm.

"Members of the police department, public works, emergency medical services and the fire departments met with me yesterday to formulate plans," Walsh said. "Most of what will be done will be invisible to [residents] unless you are in a flood area, a downed tree area, or need emergency assistance."

Walsh said the police department near the Hutchinson River Parkway in downtown Harrison will be the command center with staff from the department of public works and the fire department as well as Consolidated Edison.

"We will be in constant contact with the county emergency office, as well as with all our people in the field," Walsh said.

EMS crews will be fully-staffed and ready to respond, according to Walsh. They will be working off a compiled list of residents with special needs including oxygen tanks.

All highway crews will also be on duty, Walsh said. Residents can help by notifying the town once a tree goes down in their area or if it starts to flood by calling (914) 697-5111 and hitting 0 for the main desk.

The town will set up two emergency shelters with one downtown at the fire station on Harrison Avenue and the other in West Harrison in the new community center near the Mintzer Center. Residents are urged to bring blankets as Red Cross-provided cots are limited.

Important phone numbers:

- Harrison Police Department (Command Center): (914) 967-5111 and hit "0" to report flooding, downed trees, abandoned cars and other problems.

- Consolidated Edison: (800) 752-6633 for power outages. Also let them know if your neighbors are out of power.

Keep us informed on your condition and status by contacting us on Facebook and Twitter .

E-mail town reporter Phil Corso with any emergency information of photos of the storm.

You can also call him at (914) 368-9753 x207.

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