The major storm heading toward our area is expected to hit hard later this evening. There’s still a little time to get out and pick up essentials and run a few errands before the worst of the weather hits us. Mayor Ernest D. Davis has issued a State of Emergency effective for 5 pm this afternoon. It is suggested that people seek shelter and remain indoors until the storm subsides tomorrow.
High winds and low visibility during storm may whiteout conditions that will make driving and walking dangerous. The city is encouraging motorists to stay off of the roads during the height of the storm and is encouraging everyone to stay indoors unless it is absolutely necessary to go outdoors. All Recreation and Youth Bureau activities have been suspended until further notice.
A warming center will be set up at the Armory located at North 5th and North Street and will open at 5:30 p.m. this evening for residents needing shelter.
Motorists are advised to keep snow emergency streets cleared and to find parking in other locations. Open air city lots can be used for temporary parking for residents who normally park along snow emergency streets.
In addition the city is reminding residents to take the following actions during the storm:
- Keep hydrants cleared in your neighborhood. Shovel out and dig around hydrants so Fire Department personnel can quickly respond in the event of an emergency. This simple precaution can save lives and property.
- Don’t park vehicles too far from the curb. Vehicles jutting out into the roadway, especially on narrow streets, prevent emergency vehicles and street cleaning crews from doing their jobs.
- Don’t shovel snow into the street. It is a violation of city code to do so. The Police Department will be strictly enforcing this rule. When shoveling out a vehicle, pile snow on sidewalk side, in front of or behind your vehicle and never in the street.
- Locate and mark your home heating oil fuel line. Place an overturned can over the fuel cap in the event you need a delivery. Trying to find a buried fuel cap can be like looking for a needle in a haystack after a heavy snowstorm.
- Shovel snow with precaution. Water filled and accumulated snow can be very heavy. Take precautions to protect yourself when shoveling snow especially for those with existing heart disease, a history of stroke, or those in poor physical condition. If you have to shovel, clear snow in stages, take frequent breaks, don’t eat a heavy meal right before or right after shoveling and don’t drink alcohol right before or right after shoveling. Use a small shovel if you must do it yourself or just hire someone else to do it for you.
- Have emergency preparedness kits handy. In the event of power loss due to expected high winds, make sure you are adequately prepared. Flashlights, batteries, food, bottled water and a radio are helpful items to have on hand. Assemble the medications you need and put them in a bag that can be picked up in the event you have to leave your home.
- Keep emergency telephone numbers on hand. Update your contact numbers before the storm hits. Charge up cellular phones and keep fully charged spare batteries on hand in the event of power a failure.
ONLY CALL 911 ONLY IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY NEEDING IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
POLICE DEPARTMENT – 914-665-2500
FIRE DEPARTMENT – 914-665-2626
PUBLIC WORKS STORM EMERGENCIES – 914-665-2460
WATER DEPARTMENT STORM EMERGENCIES – 914-668-3528