MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — Mount Vernon leaders were urging cooperation from residents as the city continues its cleanup from Hurricane Sandy.
With people in the city struggling, residents should be smart with their resources, Councilman Richard Thomas said Friday.
"If you don't have to drive don't do it," Thomas said. "We may have to ration fuel, but we'll work through this crisis together."
Mount Vernon should be commended — the looting and criminal activities seen in other places hit by the hurricane has not happened in the city, Thomas said.
Hurricane Sandy created a teaching moment, said Councilman J. Yuhanna Edwards, a former director of emergency services in Mount Vernon.
"We need to be prepared for the next time this might happen," Edwards said. "Organize your block and get to know where the senior citizens live."
Anne-Marie Annuziato, resident development associate for the United Way of Westchester/Putnam, said the organization has taken 3,000 calls since Sunday after keeping its phone lines open 24 hours a day.
As the city asks residents to remain patient while electricity is restored, Thomas said residents should take inventory of the items they need because power could be out for a few more days.
"Reach out to those who have power," Thomas said. "Go out and volunteer to help as well."
The United Way can be reached at 211. FEMA can be contacted at 1-800-612-3362.
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