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Severe weather in the United States causes numerous deaths and injuries and billions of dollars in damage. Learn more about summer weather safety here.

Whether it's enjoying the water, going camping, or firing up the grill, the American Red Cross offers these tips to having a fun and safe summer.



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Drink plenty of water, apply sunscreen regularly, dress in lightweight and light-colored clothing, and take breaks in the shade. Learn more.

Cooling Centers are air-conditioned facilities where you can go to cool down during extreme heat, such as libraries, community centers, and malls.  The New York State Department of Health collects information that is voluntarily submitted by local health departments and emergency management offices.  A list of locations serving as cooling centers in Tompkins County can be found here.



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Stay safe on the water this summer by being prepared and using the appropriate equipment, whether enjoying a ride on a motorized boat, paddling a kayak, or wakeboarding.  Learn more from the National Safety Council.



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What3words is a geocode system for the communication of locations with a resolution of three meters. What3words encodes geographic coordinates into three dictionary words; the encoding is permanently fixed. If help is needed (whether on the water or on hiking trails), providing a what3words address on a 9-1-1 call can pinpoint your location quickly. Learn more and download the What3words app here.

Read here how "What3words helped rescue a group of hikers from Watkins Glen State Park.


Register to attend a Citizen Preparedness Corps training near you and learn how to prepare for any type of disaster or emergency, respond accordingly and recover. Learn more at:

Topics include how to develop a family emergency plan, how to prepare your family and home for a potential emergency such as fire, what to do in specific situations such as active shooter, and covers evacuation or sheltering-in-place due to a life-threatening event, and much more. The training also discusses what to do when returning home after an emergency, including re-entry procedures, checking for and documenting damage safely, addressing emotional and other personal needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic event, and being wary of post-disaster scams.

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The Department of Emergency Response offers presentations to community groups and organizations to provide basic information on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters or emergencies.  Learn which ones are more likely to occur in our area and how you can reduce their impact on you, your family, and the community.  Contact Geoff Dunn, Community Preparedness Coordinator, at

Additional Preparedness Checklists:

Generator Maintenance Checklist

72 Hour Emergency Kit List

Car Emergency Kit List

Important Legal Documents

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Disaster-Proof Home

Home Emergencies & Safety Tips

Construction Site Safety

Additional Resource Information



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


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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

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