As we continue to live our temporarily adjusted lives, I wanted to offer additional suggestive measures for residents.
Last week, a lost hiker caused our Fire, EMS and Police to assemble for a search. Every time our first responders assemble for a call, not only are they exposing themselves by grouping together for the response, they must undergo significant decontamination of rigs, gear and personnel after each call.
My suggestion is to stay put as much as you possibly can and only go out for essential purposes. If you must go out, please be as prepared as possible and know that each time you venture out for any unessential reason, you risk exposing our first responders, and yourself, to unnecessary danger in these unusual and challenging times.
Furthermore, the CDC recently suggested that those who go out wear masks. Although New York has not mandated this, we are urging residents to wear masks while out if they can.
On Wed., Apr. 15 at 6 p.m. I will be hosting a tele-townhall. At 6 p.m. a call will go out to nearly all 1,300 households throughout the Village of Greenwood Lake and each call recipient can either stay on the call to participate or hang up. I will post a call in number for anyone else who would like to call in on the Village website at www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org. I will provide updates, comments and then we will go into a question and answer portion.
God bless us all, and shine a special light over those serving on the front lines of this battle.
The above column, written by Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, has been published in the Apr. 15 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.