Superstorm Sandy should serve as a reminder to Oyster Bay residents of the importance of emergency notifications, town officials said, urging residents to sign up for a service through which they can receive official calls with potentially “life-saving” information.
“Through our SWIFT911 notifications, the town was able to communicate effectively to our residents before, during, and after such storms [as Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene], with critical information such as evacuation orders, and humanitarian aid efforts post-storm,” Supervisor John Venditto said in a statement.
He called the system an “invaluable life-saving device.”
The database currently includes mostly home and business phone numbers, a town spokesman said last week.
Officials encouraged residents to register their cellphone numbers, in case a storm brings down landlines as Sandy did.
Residents can sign up by clicking on the SWIFT911 link on the town’s website, oysterbaytown.com, or by sending requests to the Town of Oyster Bay Department of Public Safety at 150 Miller Place, Syosset, NY 11791.
They may also remove themselves from the service through the same avenues.
Photo: A man passes by a submerged abandoned vehicle at the Oyster Bay train station as Sandy pummels the North Shore of Long Island. (Oct. 29, 2012)