Carolyn FortinoSep 8, 2017, 8:07 pmSep 9, 2017, 7:36 am

Precautions put in place for possible local impacts from Irma

'We go through scenarios of what could happen'

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LARCHMONT — As Hurricane Irma churns towards the state of Florida, here in the Hudson Valley people should be preparing, as we are still uncertain of what path the storm could take.

"We have all of our communities, the chief elected officials, their emergency preparedness people to come and we go through scenarios of what could happen, but also to get our checklist ready and to be prepared if in fact we get the brunt, in any way, of Irma," says Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino.

Learning from the destruction left behind by superstorm Sandy and Irene, Astorino is taking no chances by holding a drill for the local leaders responsible for making critical decisions prior to, during and after any significant weather emergency.

"The models that we're seeing right now, we're going to get something, whether it’s rain, rain mixed with wind or God forbid, she stays strong and comes up and really kind of blasts us, which we're hoping really doesn't happen," Executive Astorino says.

Owner John Merrell at Foley Hardware in Larchmont recommends that everyone have an emergency kit on hand inside their home just in case, containing at least these three items: Batteries, a flash light and a portable radio to stay informed.

"We're expecting high winds, you want to make sure all the playground equipment, kids’ toys, garbage cans, anything that can be lifted and thrown by the wind that can be a projectile could potentially cause damage to the house, or the neighbor’s house or a car," Merrel says.

In addition to packing a safety kit, United Way is also offering the following tips to stay safe:

- Make a plan with your family just in case disaster strikes.
- Protect your pets by keeping them inside at all times.
- Prepare your home whether you are asked to evacuate or shelter in place.

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