In Northern NY, the chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisor’s declared a State of Emergency in that county as of 9 am this morning. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Supervisor Randy Douglas about the move in advance of Hurricane Sandy.
Essex County is still recovering from Tropical Storm Irene, which devastated the rural area only 14 months ago. County Supervisor Chair Randy Douglas says he made the declaration after talking with the Governor and the emergency services director.
With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard, state and local governments are scrambling to coordinate emergency responses with federal officials. Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center director Dr. Rick Knabb held a conference call this afternoon about what comes next. WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports.
The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant is preparing for Hurricane Sandy. North County Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Entergy Vermont Yankee Spokesman Rob Williams about how the plant is shoring up for the storm.
Plants receiving NRC enhanced oversight during the storm include Indian Point and Millstone. NRC Region One Spokesperson Diane Screnci says that means they have sent at least an additional inspector to the plant.
Vermont Yankee has been in contact with the Vermont Commissioner of Public Safety regarding its hurricane plans.
On this edition of Vox Pop, special coverage of Hurricane Sandy as it moves through the region. WAMC's Ray Graf and Alan Chartock host with appearances by local officials on the ground in affected areas.