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Being prepared for an emergency is everyone's responsibility. The goal is to have every person and family capable of being self-sufficient for 72 hours during a large disaster. It is hoped that this website will help you understand the types of emergencies that can and will happen in Tompkins County and will help you learn how you can be prepared for them.



Disaster and emergency information will
broadcast from these local radio stations:

  • 870AM WHCU

  • 97.3FM WYXL

  • 91.7FM WICB

If your TV is working, monitor a regional all-news channel, such as Spectrum News, or the Weather Channel. A weather radio will also provide accurate and current information.

National Weather Service in Binghamton

National Weather Service in Binghamton



Keep Warm During a Winter Power Outage

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Prepare to stay warm if the power goes out in your winter wonderland.

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, water, food, prescription medication, cash, first aid supplies, and extra clothing, blankets or sleeping bags to stay warm.
  • Have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power. For more information, visit Get Tech Ready.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device, determine a backup plan. For more planning tips, visit Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs.
  • Locate the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener and know how to operate it.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  • If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to your home. This can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Close off unused rooms to consolidate and retain heat.
  • The power may be out for a prolonged period. Plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat.
  • Only use generators outside, away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage or connect it to your home’s electrical system. For more information, visit the Generator Safety page of the Department of Energy.


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 Winter Storms - Snow/Ice/Cold

 Power Outages

 Heat Emergencies


 Chemical/Hazmat Accidents

 Wind Storms/Tornado

There are certain basic concepts of preparedness that apply to any type of situation:

*       Be Informed
*       Make a Plan
*       Build a Kit
*       Get Involved In Your Community