The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning citywide from 1:00 PM today to 12:00 AM Wednesday, January 28th. The current forecast calls for 18-24 inches of snow (with locally higher amounts possible) and wind gusts of 45 to 55 MPH. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour expected late tonight into Tuesday morning.
Tips for Staying Warm
Exposure to cold can cause life-threatening health conditions. Avoid serious conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia, by keeping warm.
Wear a hat, hood, or scarf, as most heat is lost through the head.Wear layers, as they provide better insulation and warmth.Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside.Keep clothing dry; if a layer becomes wet, remove it.
Safe Home Heating Tips
Improper use of portable heating equipment can lead to fire or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Take precautions to ensure you are heating your home safely.
Use only portable heating equipment that is approved for indoor use.Keep combustible materials, including furniture, drapes, and carpeting at least three feet away from the heat source. NEVER drape clothes over a space heater to dry.Always keep an eye on heating equipment. Never leave children alone in the room where a space heater is running. Turn it off when you are unable to closely monitor it.Be careful not to overload electrical circuits.
Make sure you have a working smoke detector in every room. Check and change batteries often.
If you lose power or for any emergency, call the numbers below immediately:
BBC #718-630-4690DES #718-630-HELP(4357)
How To Help Others
Infants, seniors, and people with paralysis or neuropathy are at increased risk of hypothermia and frostbite. Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors who may need assistance to ensure they are adequately protected from the cold.Community members that identify someone on the street they believe needs assistance should call 311 and ask for the Mobile Outreach Response Team. The Department of Homeless Services will send an outreach team to the location to assess the individual's condition and take appropriate action.Recognize symptoms of cold weather illnesses such as frostbite and hypothermia:
Hypothermia: symptoms include slurred speech, sluggishness, confusion, dizziness, shallow breathing, unusual behavior, and slow, irregular heartbeat.
Frostbite: symptoms include gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, and waxy feeling skin.
If you suspect a person is suffering from frostbite or hypothermia, bring him or her someplace warm and seek medical help immediately or call 911.If medical help is unavailable, re-warm the person, starting at the core of their body. Warming arms and legs first can increase circulation of cold blood to the heart, which can lead to heart failure. Use a blanket, or if necessary, your own body heat to warm the person.Do not give a person suffering frostbite or hypothermia alcohol or caffeine, both of which can worsen the condition. Instead, give the patient a cup of warm broth.
If You Must Drive a Vehicle
Whenever possible, avoid driving in a winter storm. If you must go out, it is safer to take public transportation. However, if you must drive or get caught in a storm, heed the following tips:
Avoid traveling alone, but if you do so, let someone know your destination, route and when you expect to arrive.Dress warmly. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in layers.Listen to the radio or call the state highway patrol for the latest road conditions.Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible; these roadways will be cleared first.Drive slowly. Posted speed limits are for ideal weather conditions. Vehicles take longer to stop on snow and ice than on dry pavement.Four-wheel drive vehicles may make it easier to drive on snow-covered roads, but they do not stop quicker than other vehicles.If you skid, steer in the direction you want the car to go and straighten the wheel when the car moves in the desired direction.Know your vehicle's braking system. Vehicles with antilock brakes require a different braking technique than vehicles without antilock brakes in icy or snowy conditions.Try to keep your vehicle's gas tank as full as possible.
If You Get Stuck On The Road:
Stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety unless help is visible within 100 yards. You could become disoriented in blowing snow.Display a trouble sign if you need help; tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna and raise the hood to alert rescuers.Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.Leave the overhead light on when the car is running so you can be seen.Move your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.Keep one window slightly open to let in fresh air. Use a window that is opposite the direction the wind is blowing.
Ensure you have can goods, water and food as well as money.
EMERGENCY SHELTER LOCATION:
Building 125 – Youth Service Building
**7th Avenue Gate will be closed at 7PM today until Wednesday 1/28**
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Thank you & please be safe.