SOMERS, N.Y. – It was just a year ago that the snow came... and came... and came... to Somers, causing blocked roads, power outages, the loss of trees and, most important of all to the younger set: the cancellation of Halloween.
The cancelation turned into a simple postponement and a week later, the town was humming (almost) as usual.
The Somers Daily Voice asked people what they remember of last year’s storm and how it applies to this year.
Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy said, “In the wake of Hurricane Irene and the Halloween snow storm the town enhanced its ability to communicate with residents during an emergency by obtaining the “Code Red” emergency notification system.
“All residents should go to www.somersny.com and click on “Code Red” in the lower left corner to sign up to receive information during an emergency.
“We also formed an emergency preparedness committee and have hosted numerous forums on personal emergency preparedness for residents and community groups.
“If any organization would like a forum please call my office at 914-277-3637 and we will arrange a date to come to your organization’s meeting.”
Bob Ackerman, who owns the Tool Nut on Route 6, remembers last year’s storm vividly.
“It was my wife’s birthday,” he said, “but we were having our annual Woodfest, with a 60-foot tent set up, and she was upset that I had her cooking hotdogs all day. Everyone knew the bad weather was coming and we were jammed the entire day. We sold dozens and dozens of generators. People were thrilled. We were incredibly busy."