SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - As Hurricane Sandy barrels towards the East Coast, people around Central New York are bracing for the rain and wind she is expected to bring next week.
Sandy is expected to dampen plans for travelers across New York State. Officials at Hancock Airport are keeping a close eye on the storm.
"We're just going to wait and see what happens. Certainly the good news is that the airlines are going to waive the rebooking fees for folks is very positive," said Hancock Airport Commissioner Chris Callahan.
Some airlines are already offering free waivers to people who want to reschedule or cancel their flights because of the storm. These offers only apply to customers traveling to or from certain locations that are expected to be affected by Sandy.
"It should help alleviate some of the backlog that may occur if a lot of flights do get cancelled, but like everyone else we’re just going to watch and see what happens,” said Callahan.
Officials at Hancock Airport are urging people to sign up for flight status updates and to call the airline or booking sites directly to reschedule.
NewsChannel 9 spoke with some homeowners in CNY that are already preparing for Sandy’s arrival.
"I already went and got milk, bread, water and everything ready. I have a generator so I'm all prepared, but I'm scared," said Peggy Allen.
Employees at Onsite were working through the night to prepare nearly 5,000 sandbags to block potentially high flood waters in the Southern Tier.
"They're going to fill six of these containers with sandbags and we'll truck them to the Binghamton area and put them there Monday and all day Tuesday if necessary," said Angelo Emmi of Onsite.
The Red Cross is putting volunteers in place as they send out cots and blankets to shelters around the state.
"We're putting shelter locations on standby, so each county will have multiple shelter locations if we need to use them," said Rich Hajeris of the Red Cross.
The Red Cross said it will not announce the location of the shelters until Sandy comes.
In the meantime, volunteers encourage people to stock up on food and have a plan of escape before the storm hits.
"They might want to stock up on some water and food supplies. If they lose power their food's going to spoil in the fridge. So, do they have canned food or non-perishable food that they can rely on until National Grid can get the power back up and running?" said Hajeris.
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