Monday, November 5, 2012

Sandy Aftermath

We are very fortunate the effects of Hurricane Sandy on our community were relatively minor. Unlike the July Derecho storm, we did not experience widespread power outages.

Throughout the storm, the Regional Services Center sent out important notices and summaries of emergency preparations underway to our newsletter and civic leader lists. We sincerely appreciate the positive feedback we received.

We continue to strongly encourage everyone to sign up for emergency alerts from AlertMontgomery. When an incident or emergency occurs, Alert Montgomery is your personal connection to updates, emergency instructions, and other important information.

The county's division of solid waste services asks that for downed leaves, we use weekly yard trim curbside collections as much as possible, in combination with scheduled curbside vacuum leaf pick-ups. Look online for the schedule or in your neighborhood for posted green signs for the date you can expect leaf pickup where you live. The first pickups begin November 5.

As far as we know, there will be no special pickup for tree debris, as there was after Derecho last July. That means those who get their trash and recyclables picked up by the county should either containerize or bundle their tree debris and and put it at the curb for weekly pickup. If you have a lot of debris, don't set it out all at once, so as not to overwhelm the pick-up crews and the Shady Grove transfer station. Large chunks of tree and other Items too big for curbside collection should be taken to the Shady Grove processing facility and transfer station.