Are We Y2K Ready?
By Joan Ward George
With all the hoopla about the potential travesties that might befall us come midnight on New Year’s Eve Rockawayites can relax about their personal security, or so say our Precinct Commanding Officers Captain Gary Scirica of the 100 Precinct and Deputy Inspector Mike Morley of the 101 Precinct.
According to Scirica and Morley, meetings have been held, emergency plans updated, and coordination details made with our local fire station and Emergency Medical Service units.
Unless it’s a real emergency Rockawayites are strongly encouraged to call their local precincts. The 100 Precinct can be reached by calling 318-4200, the 101 Precinct number is 868-3400.
"The police department has taken some extra steps to prepare for whatever Y2K has in store for us," Captain Scirica told The Wave this week. "Extra personnel will be on the streets and stationed in areas where Automatic Teller Machines are located, a back up generator is in place and home-based locations will be set up throughout the peninsula just in case the 911 system goes down for any reason."
Deputy Inspector Morley said that the 101 Precinct is equally prepared for any Y2K glitches that might effect police operations. "We have extra personnel that will be assigned to the phone lines on New Year’s Eve and we encourage people to call the precinct directly for nuisance calls so that the 911 system doesn’t get tied up for real emergencies," Morley said.
"And, if the power and communications system do go down for any reason, we’ll have a temporary headquarters set up on the peninsula in the area of the greatest loss of power, and police, fire and ambulance personnel will be set up at that location."
For other than real emergency situations, Rockawayites are encouraged to call directly the 100 Precinct at 318-4200 and the 101 Precinct at 868-3400.
In the event that the 911 system goes down the following home-based locations will be set up throughout Rockaway with fire, police and emergency medical services personnel on hand to handle all local emergencies:
- Rockaway Beach boulevard and Beach 116 street
- Beach 129 street and Cronston avenue
- The Dayton Shopping Center on Beach 88 street
- The Breezy Point Security office
- Beach Channel Drive and Beach 67 street
- Cross Bay boulevard and West 17 street
- Beach 54 street and Beach Channel drive
- Beach 20 street and Seagirt boulevard
- Mott avenue and Beach Channel drive
- Redfern avenue and Beach Channel drive
- Beach 40 street and Beach Channel drive
- Beach 25 street and Rockaway Freeway
Although neither Scirica or Morley expect any disasters to occur with the coming of the new millennium, they are confident that they are fully prepared for any emergency that might arise on the big night and both precincts offer their best wishes on the coming New Year to the entire Rockaway community.