Bracing for the Blizzard
by Carolyn James
Posted, Sun., Dec. 16-
The National Weather service (http://www.weather.gov/) reports a storm system will move into our area this afternoon, rapidly intensifying overnight and tomorrow. Snow may be heavy at times with blizzard conditions, reducing visibility to one quarter mile or less at times. Snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches, increasing to 12-to 16 inches overnight.
In Massapequa Park Village, Mayor James Altadonna was donw at Village Hall early Sunday morning. The Village’s Swift React warning system was activated and residents were receiving calls from the Village advising them to move their vehicles to the even numbered sides of the streets and to stay indoors whenever possible.
“We are also advising residents that if they shovel their driveways and sidewalks that they should not throw the snow into the streets because that means we would have to plow the street again,” said Altadonna. “Instead, they should put the snow on their own property and keep the streets clear, particularly for emergency vehicles.”
Blizzards can be dangerous and even deadly, and residents should take precautions.
Dressing for the storm
If you must be out of doors, wear protective clothing, dressing in layers of loose, light sweat shirts and sweaters, which helps retain body heat better than a single heavy coat. Use gloves instead of mittens, which help to hold in the heat better and always wear a hat.
Driving in a storm
The best advice is to stay home and don’t get out on to the roads unless it is absolutely necessary. This will not only help you avoid an accident but also provide emergency plows to do their jobs and clear the roads better.
If your car breaks down in a blizzard, do not leave it for any reason. Make sure the exhaust pipe stays clear and crack your windows to provide proper ventilation, then take steps to stay as warm as possible.
Check your supply of batteries for flashlights in the event of a blackout. Have a non-perishable food supply and check on your neighbors, especially senior citizens, to make sure they are prepared and safe in the storm.
If you decided to shovel your walkways or driveways, do it gradually and dress properly. If you are over 50 or have a medical condition, don’t shovel at all.
And remember, don’t throw snow back into the streets. This only defeats the work of the plows and is hazardous to vehicles.
Most of all, officials recommend that you stay in, stay warm and stay safe.