Harrison is under a state of emergency as final preparations continue for what could be one of the strongest storms to hit the area in decades.
Mayor/Supervisor Ron Belmont announced the decision to place the town and village under a state of emergency in a recorded phone message Sunday evening. Belmont urged residents to be cautious and careful as they brace for the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
"Only essential driving should be done, remain off the roads," Belmont said. "I advise you to use caution, and please only drive or leave your homes if absolutely necessary."
Shelters are now open at the Harrison Fire Department downtown, Leo Mintzer Center in West Harrison and the Purchase Fire Department in Purchase.
The latest projections have Sandy hitting Harrison's region Monday evening, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and possible flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm system could remain in the area through Tuesday, with peak winds reaching as high as 70 miles-per-hour.
Belmont urged residents to call Harrison Police at 914-967-5111 or 9-1-1 if they encounter an emergency situation.
"We are trying to do our best to prepare for this storm and keep you, the residents, safe," Belmont said.
Belmont also reminded residents that public schools will be closed on Monday. There will also be no sanitation pickup on Tuesday. Tuesday pickup will be pushed to Wednesday and there will be no bulk garbage pickup this week.