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Winter Weather Information and Weather Emergency Declaration

posted Jan 11, 2011, 6:09 PM by NYCVOAD VOAD   [ updated Jul 30, 2013, 10:33 AM ]
 Dear NYC Citizen Corps Council,


As a new snow storm approaches New York City, I wanted to provide each of you with some information regarding the weather as well as how to get prepared and involved.  Stay warm and safe.  Please pass this information on to your contacts.


Weather Forecast


·         Heavy snow caused by classified Nor’Easter.

·         90% confidence in following: 8 – 12 inches with isolated higher amounts beginning after evening rush.

·         Expected timing for heavy snow is 2300 HRS Tuesday to 0700 HRS Wednesday.

·         Winds tonight no more than 15 mph, and will increase during day to evening which can cause snow to begin drifting.  Wind chills will dip to near single digits on Wednesday night.


·         Temperatures below freezing through event and continuing for 48 hours after event until Friday.

·         Tides below normal with no anticipated tidal flooding.

NWS Weather Products:

·         NWS has issued a Winter Storm Warning, in effect from 1900 HRS Tuesday until 1800 HRS Wednesday for NYC.


Weather Emergency Declaration


At the direction of the Mayor, the public is hereby advised that significant snowfall has been forecast for tonight.

  1. The public is urged to avoid all unnecessary driving during the duration of the storm and until further directed, and to use public transportation wherever possible. If you must drive, use extreme caution. Information about any service changes to public transportation is available on the MTA website.
  2. Any vehicle found to be blocking roadways or impeding the ability to plow streets shall be subject to towing at the owner's expense.
  3. Effective immediately, alternate side parking, payment at parking meters and garbage collections are suspended citywide until further notice.
  4. The Emergency Management, Fire, Police, Sanitation, and Transportation Commissioners will be taking all appropriate and necessary steps to preserve public safety and to render all required and available assistance to protect the security, well-being and health of the residents of the City.


NYC Service - Volunteers Needed

This week, thousands of our fellow New Yorkers may need help shoveling out of their homes.  If you are an able-bodied citizen and want to volunteer, please sign up at www.nyc.gov/service to help a neighbor in need.

Volunteer opportunities are available around the city.  Log on to search by borough and find a neighbor who needs your help.  For more info, email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov or log onto www.nyc.gov/service.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

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.

Seniors, infants, the homeless, and those with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk.  If you know of friends, neighbors, or family members who may be at risk check on them to make sure their heat is working and that they are OK.


Helping Others:

Recognize the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite:

Hypothermia is a life-threatening condition where body temperature is abnormally low. Symptoms may include shivering, slurred speech, sluggishness, drowsiness, unusual behavior, confusion, dizziness, and shallow breathing.

Frostbite is a serious injury to a body part frozen from exposure to the cold. It most often affects extremities like fingers and toes or exposed areas such as ears or parts of the face.  Redness and pain may be the first warning of frostbite. Other symptoms include numbness or skin that appears pale, firm, or waxy.

Provide first aid:

  • If you suspect a person is suffering from frostbite or hypothermia, bring him or her someplace warm and call 911.
  • If medical help is not immediately available, re-warm the person, by removing any damp clothing and covering them with warm blankets.


What to Do if You Lose Heat or Hot Water at Home:

Any New York City tenant without adequate heat or hot water should first speak with the building owner, manager, or superintendent. If the problem is not corrected, tenants should call 311. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will take measures to ensure your heat and hot water is restored.


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.


Fire safety tips: 

  • 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.

Carbon monoxide safety tips: 

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home and check it regularly to make sure the battery is working. NYC law requires owners to provide and install at least one approved carbon monoxide alarm within 15 feet of the primary entrance to each sleeping room.
  • Make sure your heating system is kept clean and properly vented; have worn or defective parts replaced.
  • Kerosene heaters are dangerous and illegal in New York City.
  • Don't heat your home with a gas stove or oven.
  • Do not use any gas-powered appliance, charcoal grill, or hibachi indoors.
  • Open your garage door before starting your car and do not leave the motor running in an enclosed area. Clear exhaust pipes before starting a car or truck after it snows.
  • The most common symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning is headache. However, symptoms may also include dizziness, chest pain, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases, people can become increasingly irritable, agitated and confused, eventually becoming lethargic and lapsing into unconsciousness.
  • If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911, and get the victim to fresh air immediately, and open windows.

For more information about cold weather safety and how you can prepare for emergencies call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/oem.


Justin M. Land

Community Outreach Coordinator
165 Cadman Plaza East

Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 422-8902  office


NYC Office of Emergency Management


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