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Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2001

Release # 067-01

Contact: Sunny Mindel/Curt Ritter
(212) 788-2958
  Peter Fenty (Sanitation) (212) 788-3917
  Frank McCarton (OEM) (212) 442-2031

Tom Cocola (Transportation)

(212) 442-7033


Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani--joined by Sanitation Commissioner Kevin Farrell and Office of Emergency Management Director Richard J. Sheirer, and Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall--today urged New Yorkers to take the necessary precautions to safeguard their families and property from the potential impact of the approaching winter storm.

Mayor Giuliani said, "The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the New York City metropolitan area. I urge all New Yorkers to take the necessary precautions, and I urge them to keep themselves updated on radio and television as to the storm progresses. City officials will be issuing updates as information become available at the Command Center. The City's Emergency Operation Center will be activated at xx am on DAY and will continue to operate around the clock.

"No other City in the country is better prepared or better equipped to deal with weather conditions of this kind. Our record is exemplary, and I have full confidence that, working together, all of the relevant City agencies will rise to the challenge and minimize the effects of this snowfall to the extent possible," the Mayor continued.

Sanitation Commissioner Farrell said, "Even in the very worst of snowstorms, the Department of Sanitation keeps New York City moving. As we have shown in the most recent snowstorms, we are working hard to extend that record of success. But we are also asking that New Yorkers stay off the roadways once the snow begins, to allow us to plow the streets more efficiently. Please stay home if you can, and if you must travel, please use public transportation." Commissioner Farrell added, "We are also asking New Yorkers to anticipate the possibility of a snow emergency being put into effect. People should not park their cars on streets designated as Snow Emergency Routes."

OEM Director Sheirer said, "Preparedness is a key factor in dealing with any emergency. Numerous precautions can be taken to make sure that the risk of danger or injury is minimized during and after this potentially dangerous storm. The Mayor and I urge all New Yorkers to follow the precautions listed."

DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall said, "We are committed to working with the Office of Emergency Management, Department of Sanitation, and NYPD to ensure public safety. I strongly urge everyone to utilize mass transportation, if travel is necessary this holiday weekend, and please use caution."


Stay tuned for storm warnings: Listen to NOAA Weather Radio and your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information.

Know what winter storm WATCHES and WARNINGS mean:

Prepare a winter storm plan and a disaster supplies kit containing:

You should also:


If you are outside:

If you are inside:

If The Power Goes Off:

Safety Tips For Portable Space Heating Equipment

More information on this Winter Storm and other related advisories, please visit the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management web site at


If a snow emergency is declared, the following restrictions will go into effect on the City's network of 250 snow emergency streets and routes:

In the event of a snow emergency declaration by the Department of Transportation, Alternate Side Parking (ASP) regulations will be suspended. Any parking restrictions, which normally precede or follow the alternate side regulations, will remain in effect. There would be no suspension of parking meter or no standing regulations on other arterials.

In preparation for the possible snow emergency, the Department of Transportation will do the following:

The DOT's franchised buses will operate on a normal weekend schedule. Please contact: Command Bus Company at (718) 277-8100; Green Bus Lines at (718) 474-9459; Jamaica Buses at (718) 526-0800; Liberty Lines Express at (718) 652-8400; New York Bus Service at (718) 994-5500; Queens Surface Corp. at (718) 445-3100; Triboro Coach Corp. at (718) 335-1000.

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