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NYC Chinatown Blizzard Alert & Info
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A Blizzard Warning is in effect for New York City beginning Monday, Jan. 26, at 1 PM.
The National Weather Service has issued a citywide Blizzard Warning, which is in effect from Monday, Jan. 26, at 1 PM, until Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 12 AM. The current forecast calls for 18 to 24 inches of snow, with locally higher amounts possible and snowfall rates of up to 2 to 4 inches per hour late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Northern winds of 20 to 30 MPH are forecast, with gusts of up to 55 MPH possible. Temperatures in the lower 20s are expected, with visibilities of one quarter mile or less at times.
- New Yorkers are strongly advised to take steps to prepare. Visit the NYC Hazards: Winter Weather webpages for tips and information.
- Call 311 or contact 311 online for nonemergency situations. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.
- Plan ahead for your needs. During an emergency, your normal way of communicating may be affected by changes in environment, noise, or confusion. Know how and what you will need to communicate during an emergency.
- Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors. Offer to help individuals who require special assistance, including seniors and persons with disabilities and access and functional needs.
- New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City's free emergency notification system. Through Notify NYC, New Yorkers can receive phone calls, text messages, and/or emails alerts about severe weather events and other emergencies. To sign up for Notify NYC, visit Notify NYC online, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.
- The NYC Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert beginning Monday, Jan. 26, at 12:01 AM.
- Alternate Side Parking is suspended on Monday, Jan. 26, and Tuesday, Jan. 27. Parking meters will remain in effect.
- New Yorkers are advised to stay out of New York City parks during the storm for their safety. The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation will be tracking downed trees and tree limbs throughout the city.
- After-school activities, PSAL, and evening adult education programs are cancelled Monday, Jan. 26. School field trips are also cancelled. Schools will be open on Monday for the regular school day. Schools will also administer Regents exams as scheduled.
- Schools likely will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 27. An official announcement will follow.
- The NYC Department of Homeless Services' annual HOPE Count has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled at a later date.
For real-time weather information, visit the National Weather Service. or NYC.gov 's severe weather page: HERE
HOPE 2015 has been POSTPONED
Because the National Weather Service is predicting a powerful winter storm for Monday night, HOPE 2015 has been POSTPONED. Please make note of this and inform any of your team members who did not register and planned to join you for the HOPE survey. The tentatively rescheduled date is Monday Feb 9th, but they will confirm details in the coming days with all volunteers. They depend on your support now more than ever and look forward to seeing you in a few weeks for HOPE.
Lower level of the Manhattan Bridge is not open to Manhattan bound traffic. This will be in effect until the Wednesday
morning (1/28) rush hour. Manhattan bound traffic should use the upper level. Brooklyn bound traffic will be unaffected.
Alternate side parking suspended due to snow; meters in effect.
NYC Public Schools
NYC Public Schools will be closed, Tuesday January 27, 2015.
Garbage, recycling, and organics collections suspended due to snow.
No non-emergency vehicles on the road after 11pm tonight.
(From NYC.gov Severe Weather Page)
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.
Snow Removal Safety Tips
- Stretch before you go out. If you go out to shovel snow, do a few stretching exercises to warm up your body. This may prevent injury.
- Cover your mouth. Protect your lungs from extremely cold air by covering your mouth when outdoors.
- Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Unfamiliar exercise, such as shoveling snow or pushing a car, can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse. Take frequent rest breaks, and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothes frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
- Stay safe. Walk carefully on snowy or icy sidewalks. If using a snowblower, NEVER use your hands to unclog the machine.
- Maintain an awareness of utilities when shoveling snow. Do not cover fire hydrants with snow when clearing sidewalks and driveways. Do not shovel snow into manholes and catch basins.
- Offer to help individuals who require special assistance, including seniors and people with disabilities.
Clearing Snow and Dangling Ice from Roofs
- Snow and rain that collects on roofs becomes heavy and may damage buildings.
- Remove leaves and debris from roof drains to prevent water from collecting.
- In addition to cleaning out gutters, clear snow from roofs and drains.
- Flat roofs require special attention. Snow and water should be removed with drainage systems or manually.
For more important tips and info, please click HERE
New York City Department of Sanitation: Snow Removal Is Your Responsibility
Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or other person having charge of any lot or building must clean snow and/or ice from the sidewalk within 4 hours after the snow has stopped falling, or by 11:00 AM if the snow has stopped falling after 9:00 PM the previous evening. Snow may NOT be thrown into the street. If the snow or ice becomes frozen so hard that it cannot be removed, the sidewalk may be strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust, or similar suitable material within the same time limits. The sidewalk must be thoroughly cleaned as soon as the weather permits. FINE: $100-$150 - 1st Offense $150-$350 - 2nd Offense $250-$350 - 3rd & Subsequent Offenses
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