Port Washington and Manhasset residents who endured Hurricane Sandy will likely recall how important it was to receive updates regarding power outages, gas shortages, warming centers and more.
That kind of communication, in the event of another emergency, is expected to get even better, thanks to an effort by the Town of North Hempstead and the Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management.
Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and PWM-OEM Commissioner Peter Forman announced that the two organizations met recently to re-affirm and expand their joint commitment to serve the peninsula in the event of emergencies and for important community matters.
Both organizations agreed to share their respective resources in a comprehensive and efficient way that will allow for enhanced training of volunteers, inter-organizational communications, joint lobbying for resources, support for NorthShoreAlert.org, and sharing of best-practice methodologies between the two entities.
"We are very pleased to work cooperatively with the PWM OEM, to share our resources and learn from each other," Bosworth said, in the announcement.
"The PWM OEM's successes and its strong local presence will make access to the Town's wide array of emergency training opportunities extremely efficient and will benefit the residents," she added. "By working closely together, we can make the Port Washington-Manhasset peninsula safer."
"By working more closely with the Town, we will be able to serve the residents of the peninsula at even higher levels than in the past," Forman said. "The PWM-OEM is battle-tested and has proven its worth to the community."
Also attending the meeting were Plandome Manor Mayor, Barbara Donno and Sands Point Deputy Mayor, Marc Silbert, both representing PWM OEM and their villages as well as the Town's Public Safety Commissioner, Andrew DeMartin.