The Warren County Office of Emergency Services unveiled a new online tool to make it easy for residents and visitors to report storm damage they spot in their neighborhood or elsewhere in the county.
Developed in conjunction with Warren County Planning & Community Development, the Warren County Storm Reporter app allows residents and visitors to notify county staff of damage they experience during or after wind, rain or winter storms.
Information received through the app will be compiled by Office of Emergency Services personnel and forwarded to first responders, public works departments, and state or federal agencies as needed.
This information will be especially useful for documentation when county and local agencies request disaster assistance during severe storms, according to a Warren County press release.
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The Storm Reporter app is available at warrencountyny.gov/stormreport.
This new website should not be used to report emergencies, as residents should continue to use 911 to notify dispatchers of urgent storm-related issues such as injuries, fires, downed power lines out of order and flooding that endangers people or structures, advises the county.
Warren County Emergency Services Director Ann Marie Mason said officials “believe this website will be a good tool to help us record storm damage to pass on to our local partners as well as ‘to state and federal agencies in the event that financial assistance to make repairs is sought.’
The website will help county emergency services personnel keep tabs on storm-related issues in Warren County, said Kevin Geraghty, chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
“We urge residents to use this app when storms hit our county and damage is seen,” Geraghty said.