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Sheriff DeMarco Offers 10 Ways to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Winter Storm

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 1/21/2016 | Views: 2697

Pictured is a Sheriff's Office Humvee

YAPHANK, NY-- It is looking more likely that Long Island will be impacted by blizzard conditions beginning Saturday morning.  In preparation for the storm, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office is staging its emergency equipment, and sworn personnel stand ready to respond. If the storm produces downed trees in roadways, inmate work crews will be available to aid towns and villages with their cleanup efforts. 

Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco is warning residents to prepare, and stated: “All reports indicate that this may be a severe storm which could produce whiteout conditions, downed trees and power outages.  Under these conditions, road travel will be extremely dangerous, so residents should make plans to stay indoors and off the roads on Saturday.”

As the storm continues its track towards Long Island, Sheriff DeMarco offers 10 ways to prepare:

1.   Make sure you are familiar with how to shut off your home’s water valves in case a pipe bursts due to extremely cold conditions. You may be able to prevent water from freezing in your pipes by letting the cold water drip from the faucet. Running water through exposed pipes helps prevent pipes from freezing.


2.   Charge electronic devices. As many residents experienced during Hurricane Sandy, extended power outages can leave you unable to communicate. Charge cell phones and other electronic devices ahead of time.


3.   Get a radio. Supplying your home with a battery-powered radio will keep you informed about changing weather conditions should you lose power.


4.   Build an emergency supply kit.   The kit should include: rock salt, sand, snow shovels and adequate clothing and blankets. If your home has alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood/coal-burning stoves, pick up supplies before the storm’s arrival.


5.   Keep travel to a minimum. When the snowy weather arrives, you don't want to be stranded on the side of the road. Only travel if it's absolutely necessary.


Pictured is a beach with snow on it during a storm.

6.  Winterize your car. Motorists should check their vehicles to ensure antifreeze levels are sufficient to avoid freezing, the battery is in good condition and the thermostat works properly. Motorists should also equip their vehicles with tires that have adequate tread and fill up their gas tank to keep the fuel line from freezing.


7.   Equip vehicles with emergency supplies. The suggested items to keep in your car for severe winter weather is a windshield scraper, flashlight, water, snack food, matches, extra clothing and blankets, road salt, tow chain or rope, emergency flares and booster cables.


8.   Remember that winter weather affects our pets as well.  Pets should never be left outside while you are out of the house for any extended period of time. If your pet must be outside for any reason, monitor them closely and be sure to bring them indoors if they begin to show signs of distress.


9.   If you will be going away prior to the storm’s arrival, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.


10. While it may be too late for this weekend’s storm, homeowners should clear rain gutters, insulate pipes, repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall and cause damage during hazardous weather conditions.


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