MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. Mount Pleasant Police Department Chief Louis Alagno and Pleasantville Police Department Chief Richard Love know the importance of a collaborative effort during a storm of this magnitude.
"I offered any help that Chief Love needs and any help we need we'll be calling them," Chief Alagno said.
One major issue during the storms this weekend in the Mount Pleasant area could be flooded roads, which is where this effort could be utilized the best.
"Based off previous storms we'll have significant flooding," Chief Alagno said. "So we're anticipating that there may be calls that would be difficult for us to get to, and we may call Pleasantville to assist us,"
Chief Love said a major asset of nearby Pleasantville is their access of an emergency shelter for residents at the Mount Pleasant Community Center in Valhalla, which will also be open to Pleasantville residents.
Also, with the Mount Pleasant Police Department having a larger staff, a rescue dive team could be a major asset for Pleasantville in the event of an emergency rescue.
As of 2 p.m. on Saturday, Mount Pleasant will open their emergency operations center where they will take emergency calls from residents. Pleasantville will open its own emergency operations center at 9 p.m., Saturday.
Extra staff will be on call in order to make sure that each call will be taken promptly. However, both chiefs stressed the importance of residents realizing what is an emergency call.
"We want the phone lines to be clear so emergencies can be taken care of," Chief Love said. "We don't want people calling our emergency center for things like fallen branches or hotel numbers, they should call the proper listed numbers for those,"
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