IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY DIAL 911

WHAT TO DO IF IN A CAR ACCIDENT

Auto accidents are unexpected and stressful. Even the most careful drivers may be involved. If you have recently been involved in an accident, begin reporting a claim.

Be Prepared

  • Carry a set of cones, warning triangles, or emergency flares in your trunk to help alert traffic.
  • It also helps to have a pen and a card with any relevant medical information for you and your family.

Immediately After an Accident

  • Take a deep breath and stay calm.
  • Check for injuries; call an ambulance when in doubt.
  • If accident is minor, move cars to a safe place, out of traffic.
  • Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights and use cones, warning triangles or flares for safety.
  • Call the police, even if the accident is minor.
  • Notify your insurance agent immediately.

Other Important Tips

  • Do not sign any document unless it’s for the police or your insurance agent.
  • Make immediate notes about the accident, including specific damages to all vehicles involved, witness information, etc.
  • If the name on an auto registration is different than the driver, jot down the relationship.
  • Be polite, but don’t tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was.
  • State only the facts, and limit your discussion of the accident to the police and your insurance agent.
  • If possible, don’t leave the accident scene before the police and other drivers do.

EMS

CARMEL AMBULANCE CORP

  • 6 Garrett Place,  Carmel, NY 10512
  • 845-225-7000

GARRISON AMBULANCE CORP

  • 1 Buena Vista St.,  Garrison, NY 10524
  • 845-424-4401

PHILIPSTOWN AMBULANCE CORP

  • 14 Cedar St., Cold Spring, NY 10516
  • 845-265-2103

PUTNAM VALLEY AMBULANCE CORP

  • 218 Oscawana Lake Rd.  Putnam Valley, NY 10579
  • 845-526-3119

BREWSTER FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 501 North Main Street Brewster, NY 10509
  • 845-279-3555

CARMEL FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 94 Gleneida Ave Carmel, NY 10512
  • 845-225-5100

COLD SPRING FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 154 Main Street Cold Spring, NY 10516
  • 845-265-9241

CONTINENTAL VILLAGE FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 12 Spy Pond Road Garrison, NY 10524
  • 845-739-1020

GARRISON FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 1616 Route 9  Garrison, NY 10524
  • 845-424-3886

KENT FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 2490 Route 301 Carmel, NY 10512
  • 845-225-2223

LAKE CARMEL FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 851 Route 52 Carmel, NY 10512
  • 845-225-3730

MAHOPAC FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 741 Route 6  Mahopac, NY 10541
  • 845-628-3160

MAHOPAC FALLS FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 17 Luccaro Ln.  Mahopac Falls, NY 10542
  • 845-628-4414

NORTH HIGHLANDS FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 504 Fishkill Road Cold Spring, NY 10516
  • 845-265-9595

PATTERSON FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 13 Burdick Rd.  Patterson, NY 12563
  • 845-878-6047

PUTNAM LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 72 Fairfield Drive Patterson, NY 12563
  • 845-279-8480

PUTNAM VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • 12 Canopus Hollow Rd. Putnam Valley, NY 10579
  • 845-526-2879
  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • If you have to go out, let people know what route your taking and where you are going.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Charged Mobile Phone with Spare Batteries