AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM NASSAU COUNTY EXECUTIVE ED MANGANO:

Nassau County is no stranger to heavy snow fall, but with the impending snowstorm scheduled to impact our area, here are some very important safety tips and contact numbers where you can receive storm-related information and assistance. It may be helpful to keep a list of numbers with you during the course of the storm. .

As a reminder of the importance of being prepared here is a winter safety checklist which includes precautions and helpful tips. Please review the safety information below in addition to the important contact numbers.

***ALWAYS REMEMBER TO DIAL 911 IN AN EMERGENCY ***

Emergency Management:
• Nassau County Office of Emergency Management: (516) 573-0636

ALL LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES SHOULD DIAL 911

To Report Power Outages or Downed Power Lines:
• PSEG Hotline: 1-800-490-0075

24-Hour Gas Emergency Service:
• National Grid: (800) 490-0045

County Maintained Roads:
• Nassau County’s Non-Emergency Hotline: 1-800-315-5153

State Maintained Roads:
• NYS Department of Transportation: (631) 904-3059

Shelters/Warming Centers:
• Nassau County Department of Social Services: (516) 227-8519. After office hours (516) 573-8626.
• Emergency Shelter Program WARMBED: 1-866-927-6233. (1-866- WARMBED)
• Nassau County Red Cross: (516) 747-3500
• Long Island Crisis Center: (516) 679-1111
• The Safe Center L.I.: (516) 542-0404

Mass Transit Information:
• MTA/LIRR/LI Bus online: www.mta.info
• LIRR 24 hour travel information center: (718) 217-5477
• NYC Transit travel information: (718) 330-1234
• NICE Bus Travel Information Center: (516) 228-4000

SAFETY TIPS

Driver Safety:
• Make sure your car is prepared for cold temperature and wintery conditions like snow and ice. Keep your equipment properly maintained and include a winter survival kit in your vehicle: an ice scraper, snow shovel and sand/salt, battery jumper cables, flash light, cell phone and charger, extra clothes/warm winter apparel.
• Be sure to clear snow and ice off your car- including windows, mirrors, lights, hood, roof and trunk.
• Be cautious of black ice and slippery roads. Remember that speed limits are meant for dry roads not roads covered in snow and ice so be sure to adjust speed based on road conditions.
• Avoid passing snow plows and sand trucks, as the drivers can have limited visibility.
• Monitor road and weather conditions by checking local news stations and weather sites.
• Avoid traveling during a major snow storm or blizzard unless absolutely necessary. If you must travel, inform someone of your travel plans.

Safe Snow Shoveling Clean Up:
• When snow is predicted move cars off the street and into the driveway (if possible) to enable the plow drivers to do the best job of clearing the roadways.
• If you have a fire hydrant in front of your home, make sure to remove snow from that area. In the event of an emergency the fire departments may need access to fire hydrants.
• Be careful to avoid over exertion, lifting a heavy shovel full of snow or even walking through heavy, wet snow or snow drifts, could strain your heart.
• Be careful of back and body injuries, the most common injuries associated with snow removal include sprains and strains, particularly in the back and shoulders, as well as lacerations and finger amputations. DO NOT remove snow from snow blower using your hands/fingers.
• Make sure to wear, layered, clothing which provides both ventilation and insulation,
• Try to clear snow early and often, to avoid dealing with packed, heavy snow or even ice.
• If you experience chest pains, shortness of breath, or other signs of a heart attack, stop right away and call 911.

Source: http://nassaucountyenewsletter.com/common/mailings/index.cfm?sniv=2100123380.1202596.321.2