NorthShoreAlert  August 7, 2020

Update on outages.

Firstly, there are rumors that PSEG-LI will not complete some repairs till September— according to senior leadership at PSEG-LI, that is a “glitch” in the systems/website.

As frustrating as this is (which we do not control), we have been assured by leadership at PSEG-LI that the majority of outages will be resolved by tomorrow, Saturday, with some stragglers through Sunday.

Based on our experience with PSEG-LI, we imagine that some outages will extend further but we are hopeful that their schedule can be achieved.  As we shared immediately after the storm, we were skeptical of the announced Thursday restoration.

While this storm packed a “wallop” that would have been challenging for any utility to recover from, we find PSEG-LI’s communications (inbound and outbound) have been terribly bad and on-the-ground performance to be “medium” at best.

Next, we need to clarify that the PWM OEM is a volunteer organization working with the support of the villages and the town.  We do NOT control what PSEG-LI does, when they do it, or how they do it.  We share our insights, understandings, and “color commentary” with you to keep you better informed.

We advocate for the community and work to help you plan for and respond to emergencies and major civic matters.

That is all for now.

Peter Forman, Commissioner

Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management


NorthShoreAlert  August 6, 2020

Large portions of the Port Washington-Manhasset-Sands Point peninsula remain without power--about 27% of peninsula.
As we shared with you on Tues, we were concerned that the initial forecasts of likely full recovery by Thurs afternoon (today) were concerning and we didn’t think likely.
In PSEG-LI’s service area, there are still 12,000 discrete outages affecting 248,000 out of 1.2 million customers.
There are many locations where “Critical Infrastructure”, such as water wells and water towers, are still not restored.
We continue to expect outages to drag on for days and suggest you prepare accordingly.
PSEG-Li’s phone, text, and web services for reporting issues is functioning somewhat better.  

On a separate note, if you are using your car to charge your phone, we suggest you do not leave it running overnight and do not leave car unlocked as this will be an invitiation for car thieves.

That is all for now.
Peter Forman
Commissioner, Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management


NorthShoreAlert  August 5, 2020

Residents--This is Peter Forman, Comm of the PWM OEM with an update on outages.

- Firstly, large swaths of the Manhasset-Port Washington-Sands Point        peninsula are without power.

- There are still many roadways that are closed with entangled power lines.

- Next, PSEG-LI is reporting that much of our area will be restored by midday - Thursday.

- But as of this writing, PSEG-LI is reporting ~340,000 outages out of about 1.2 million customers.

- While we are hopeful, we are concerned that their restoration time frame may not be achievable and urge residents to prepare for a longer outage.

- Please note these are our calculations and not an official advisory.

- Lastly and disappointingly, please also note that due to PSEG technical issues, many of you have NOT been able to contact PSEG through the web, text, or voice. We can only suggest trying periodically.

That is all for now.

Thank you, Peter Forman


NorthShoreAlert  August 4, 2020


We have been asked by the Sands Point Police Department and Port Washington Police to urgently ask all to suspend travel for the next couple of hours.

PSEG-LI now reports in excess of 100,000 outages and growing.

And police report many blocked roadways with some streets completely inaccessible.

Many more trees are at risk of falling.

If you are without power, call PSEG at 800-490-0075 or you can reply "OUT" from a text message that you may have received from PSEG. 

That is all for now,

Peter  Forman

Commissioner, Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management


NorthShoreAlert  April 7, 2020


We are (probably) in or close to the peak period of this Covid19 virus.

The PWM OEM has been active, through your donations and its own purchases, in supporting OUR local ambulance, fire, police, and hospitals.

While your efforts so far have been strong in supporting these needs, we are still at peak shortage for N95 masks, isolation gowns, disposable gowns, and face shields.

If you have any of the above, in excess of your own needs, please contact us at


That is all for now and thank you,

Peter Forman


Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management


NorthShoreAlert  April 3, 2020

clarifying message


A number of recipients misunderstood one sentence from this morning's message to the community.

To clarify:  CDC guidelines are for PERSONS WITH COVID19 to "remain at home, except for medical care. And to not visit public areas."

As such, people who are not diagnosed and who are asymptomatic may walk on low-traffic streets and parks (where permitted), and go to food stores and pharmacies--but must refrain from interpersonal contact with those outside their household.

Peter Forman, Commissioner

Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management


NorthShoreAlert  April 3, 2020

PW/Manhasset--legal obligations re Covid19

This is Peter Forman, Commissioner of the Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management with an important update at the request of our local police, fire, and ambulance services:

- Firstly, even if you think you have Covid19, please don't call 911 or visit the hospital for non-emergencies. Please contact your physician or hospital by phone first.  911, ambulances, and hospitals are overwhelmed. As an example, difficulty breathing would be an emergency.


- Next: If you do need to request assistance from first responders, you have a legal obligation to alert them if you or members of your circle have Covid19 symptoms or diagnosis, so they can take precautions.   Also, falsely CLAIMING to have symptoms in order to obtain services is illegal.


- Not only are violations unfair to others and our obligations to society-at-large, but according to prosecutors we have spoken with, these behaviors could be criminally prosecuted as Reckless Endangerment.

- Next: Although the following guidance may seem self-evident, there have been reports of persons diagnosed with Covid19 socializing on the public ways of our community.  Therefore...


- CDC guidelines are explicit:  "Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas."


- If you know of anyone violating the preceding guidelines, please urge them to comply.

- Lastly, if you do not receive these updates by email or text, you should sign at as not all messages are sent by voice.


- Please remember, as a community, we can do our part to shorten the quarantine!


Thank you and that is all for now.


Peter Forman
Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management.


NorthShoreAlert  March 30,2020

Request for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for our first responders and staffers.

Residents & Businesses--

There is an immediate need for:

  • Sanitary disinfecting wipes

  • Face shields (disposable or reusable)

  • Disposable gowns

  • N95 masks

In the  coming weeks, there will be a need for:

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Hand sanitizing dispensers

  • XL and M nitrile gloves

If you can offer any of the above, please contact us at with your phone number so we can arrange for collection.

Peter Forman



NorthShoreAlert March 18, 2020

Coronavirus: A Port Washington-Manhasset Oriented Advisory


Dear Residents,


As Commissioner of the Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management, I and the other members of the PWM OEM are reaching out to share answers to questions we are actively getting and to offer a somewhat more local perspective on the coronavirus outbreak.  


Q: Should I be concerned and is it coming to our area?

A: You should be concerned but we don't believe you should be scared.

There have been only 76 diagnosed cases in our country of 330 million residents.  That is the equivalent of 1 in every 4.3 million Americans. While a lot is still being learned about this very new virus each day and while it will likely spread further in the country, there are some basic steps, outlined below, to reduce risk to yourself, your family, and to others.


Q: Are the local police, fire, ambulance, and hospitals ready?

A: We have met and/or spoken with Nassau County PD, Port Washington PD, Sands Point PD, Port Washington Fire, Manhasset-Lakeville Fire, and Plandome Fire, among others, and it is clear that they are increasingly ready for their role in any local outbreak.

  • When contacting first responders or a hospital emergency department, increasingly you will be asked about travel and any specific Covid19-related symptoms.

  • We have spoken with both St Francis and Northwell hospitals.  Both are already doing extensive planning to handle increased patient loads with isolation requirements.

  • Rest assured that first responders, the medical community, and the emergency management communities are acutely focused on these issues and are deep in preparatory mode.


Q:  What is the difference between coronavirus, Covid-19, and SARS-CoV-2?

A:  The virus itself has been named “SARS-CoV-2” but the disease it causes has been named Covid-19, which comes from “CoronaVirus Disease 2019”.

Coronavirus is the family of viruses to which it and SARS and MERS (from past years) belong.


Q: When will it peak?

A: The opinions we have heard are that it will peak over the next 2-3 months and decline into the summer months.


Q: Who is most affected by Coronavirus?

A: People who are immuno-compromised or who have other major health issues are at greater risk. Also, the older you are the greater the risk.


Q: How does age impact vulnerability?

A: According to available data from a very recent study of 44,000 cases in China:

  • Less than 1% were children aged 9 and no deaths were reported.

  • Only 1.2% were children 10-19 years old and only 1 death was reported.

  • By contrast, 20% of the people who were 80 years and older died.

  • The median age of patients was between 49 and 56 years. 

  • Important footnote: Although not yet clear, it seems that the younger populations are often contracting the disease, but the symptoms are milder making diagnosis less likely.   Also, it isn't known if these younger populations are silent carriers who might actually be spreading it.  


Q: What can I do to prevent getting this virus?

A: There are a number of basic things you can do to reduce risk to yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds to be effective.

  • If soap and water isn’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

  • Try not to touch your eyes, mouth, and nose before sanitizing.

  • If you are sick, especially with fever, cough, and shortness of breath, isolate yourself and contact your doctor and take care not to infect others with your cough or cold.

  • If you are diagnosed, tell others who may have been exposed.

  • Note, it is believed this virus has as long as a 2 to 14-day incubation period without symptoms.

  • There is no vaccine at this time.


Q: Will masks help?

A: According to the many doctors we have spoken to, masks are not recommended for the otherwise healthy general public for a few reasons:

  • Many masks add little value and need to be fitted to work.

  • Viruses are so small they pass through most masks and no mask is 100% effective.

  • There is a shortage of masks for health care professionals who have to be masked and for people who are actually sick to reduce the risk of their spreading it.


Q: Will there be “disruptions” to work and schools?

A: While this has happened already in other countries, it isn't clear if or when this could happen here. Nevertheless, some planning is in order.  You might wish to consider some of the following:

  • Who will care for the others that are dependent on you if you were to get sick?

  • Or conversely, who will care for you if the person upon whom you are dependent becomes ill?

  • If schools are temporarily closed, who will take care of school-aged children at home?

  • How will your business operate?  Do you have systems in place to accommodate some level of work-from-home computing?

  • Begin to think these issues through.


Q: How can i get updates from PWMOEM?

A: We will reach out as needed with additional information.  Please pass this briefing on to others and encourage them to sign up, no charge, at for additional info.  If we don’t have your email and text number you will NOT receive these and other key communiques. If you still have trouble signing up or wish to add others, you can email to


That is all for now.


Peter Forman


Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management


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