For Immediate Release
NYC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ISSUES TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY EVENING
Snow expected to cause slippery conditions during the evening commute
December 15, 2017
– The New York City Emergency Management Department today issued a travel advisory for Friday evening. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for New York City through 10 p.m. Friday. A total of 1 to 3 inches of snow is forecast, with locally higher amounts possible. Light snow is expected to develop Friday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and is forecast to continue through the evening commute. Snow will taper off after 7 p.m., and is expected to end around midnight. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will primarily cause travel difficulties. New Yorkers should prepare for snow covered roads, slippery conditions and possible limited visibilities, and are advised to exercise caution when driving, walking, or biking.
“We are expecting snow that can cause slippery road conditions during this evening’s rush,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito
. “Take it slowly during the evening commute home and allow for extra travel time.”
NYC Emergency Management also advised New Yorkers to prepare for cold temperatures, as the arctic air continues into the weekend. Temperatures remain below freezing Friday night, hovering around the upper 20s, with wind chill values between 15 and 20 degrees. Temperatures are forecast to return above freezing Saturday, with highs in the upper 30s, but strong winds will cause wind chill values to remain in the 20s. Winds Saturday are expected to be between 15 mph to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph. Saturday night temperatures and wind chill values are expected to be in the 20s. Temperatures increase above freezing Sunday, with highs near 40 degrees.
Cold weather can cause or worsen health problems. Certain individuals, including the unsheltered homeless, people with disabilities and those with access and functional needs are at an increased risk for injuries, illness or death. Others at an increased risk also include people who drink heavily or use drugs and become incapacitated outdoors, or those who live in homes without heat, and:
- Are 65 years of age or older.
- Are infants.
- Have certain medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes.
- Have serious mental health conditions or developmental disabilities.
- Have disabilities or access and functional needs (e.g. limited mobility, trouble leaving home).
New Yorkers are also encouraged to check on neighbors, friends, and relatives. Please take the following precautions:Safety TipsFor Motorists
- Drive slowly. 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.
- Use major streets or highways for travel whenever possible.
- Know your vehicle’s braking system. Vehicles with anti-lock brakes require a different braking technique than vehicles without anti-lock brakes in snowy conditions.
- If you are driving and begin to skid, ease your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go. Straighten the wheel when the car moves in the desired direction. If you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply steady pressure to the brake pedal. Never pump the brakes on an ABS equipped vehicle.
- Try to keep your vehicle’s gas tank as full as possible.
- Keep the name and phone number of at least one local towing service in your car in case you break down or become stuck.
- Exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces; some ice may not be visible. Wear sturdy boots that provide traction to reduce slipping. Use handrails when using stairs.
- Seniors should take extra care outdoors to avoid slips and falls.
- Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly when approaching or crossing intersections.
- If you have to go outdoors, wear dry, warm clothing and cover exposed skin. Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered. Wear a hat, hood, scarf, and gloves.
- Shivering is an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Shivering is a signal to return indoors.
- Be careful when shoveling snow. Follow your doctor’s advice if you have heart disease or high blood pressure. Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart.
- Be safe at work. Workers who spend a lot of time outdoors are at risk for cold-related health impacts. If you are an employer, implement safe work practices, provide appropriate protective equipment, and train workers on how to stay safe during cold and winter weather.
- Limit alcohol intake. Drinking alcohol may make you feel warmer but it causes your body to lose heat faster. Alcohol also impairs your judgment which limits your ability to take appropriate precautions or remove yourself from a dangerously cold environment in time. As a result, alcohol actually increases your chances of hypothermia and frostbite.
Prolonged exposure to cold can lead to hypothermia, frostbite, and can worsen existing medical conditions such as heart and lung diseases.Hypothermia
occurs when the body temperature drops to a dangerously low level. It can lead to death. Symptoms include:
- Intense shivering
- Trouble speaking
- Lack of coordination
- Shallow breathing
occurs when parts of the body freeze, such as finger, toes, ears, nose, and cheeks. It can cause permanent damage. Symptoms include:
- Red or painful skin
- Pale skin
- Unusually firm or waxy skin
Call 911 and follow instructions, or go to the emergency room if you see symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite.Department of Sanitation
Department of Social Services
- The NYC Department of Sanitation is pre-deploying 693 salt spreaders Friday. PLOWNYC will be activated and with 500 plows will be dispatched when more than two inches of snow accumulates, with additional plows available if necessary.
A Code Blue Weather Emergency notice is issued when the temperature is forecast to drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or less between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m., including National Weather Service calculations for wind chill values. No one who is homeless and seeking shelter in New York City during a Code Blue will be denied. Should you see an individual who appears to be homeless and in need out in the cold, please call 311 and an outreach team will be dispatched to offer assistance. During Code Blue Weather emergencies, experienced outreach teams work to connect homeless New Yorkers with the following resources:
- Shelters: During a Code Blue, shelter is available system-wide to accommodate anyone who is reasonably believed to be homeless and is brought to a shelter by outreach teams. Accommodations are also available for walk-ins.
- Drop-in centers: All drop-in centers are open 24-hours per day, including when Code Blue procedures are in effect, and will assist as many people as possible for the duration of the emergency. Drop-in staff and the dedicated outreach teams they work closely with each and every day can also make arrangements for homeless individuals at other citywide facilities.
- Safe havens and stabilization beds: Chronically homeless individuals may be transported directly to these low-threshold housing programs.
- Street homeless outreach: Teams will contact vulnerable individuals on their Code Blue Priority Lists a minimum of once every four (4) hours beginning at 8 p.m. during Code Blue Alerts and once every two (2) hours beginning at 8 p.m. for Enhanced Code Blue Alerts to encourage them to accept services, including transportation to a shelter placement. DSS coordinates borough-level Code Blue efforts directly with partner City agencies, including but not limited to NYPD, DSNY, and the Parks Department.
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