Being prepared for an emergency is the best way to ensure that you and your loved ones will be safe in case of dangerous weather conditions. Due to the blizzard that is currently affecting Long Island, the Long Island Volunteer Center urges everyone to stay off the roads and shelter in place until the storm has ended and the roads are clear. Also be sure to check on all of your neighbors especially the elderly and those with disabilities to ensure they have enough supplies to shelter in place.
Below are some helpful tips to keep you safe during the storm:
- Stay indoors during the storm.
- Make a family communication plan.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
- Keep dry.
- Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts; keep an emergency kit in your car that includes food and water.
- Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
For more information on what to do before, during, and after a winter storm please visit: http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather and http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/pdf/extreme-cold-guide.pdf
Important supplies when sheltering in place:
If there is a power outage:
Tips for the Storm:
Governor Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency due to the blizzard and has warned New Yorkers that he is considering shutting down the LIRR at 11 pm and the MTA will be limiting subway service after 6 pm. There is also a tractor trailer travel ban on the LIE and I-87 beginning at 4 pm. All residents of Long Island are being strongly urged to stay off the roads beginning tonight and extending through all day tomorrow. This is when the wind and snow will be at it’s most dangerous. If you need any assistance Nassau and Suffolk County have both set up help hotlines:
Nassau Hotline: 1-800-315-5153 (activated at 6 pm)
For more information from Nassau County:
Suffolk Hotline: (631) 854-9517
For more information from Suffolk County
Important information from the Red Cross about winter storms:
Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.
Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.
Know the Difference:
Winter Storm Outlook – Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
Winter Storm Watch – Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
Winter Storm Warning – Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.