The first storm of 2016 saw 200 vehicle accidents, 235 aided cases and 1,742 calls for service to the Nassau County Police Department – and on Sunday, a 38 year male from Bellmore died while shoveling – Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced today.
Continuing warnings he offered in the days before the storm hit, as well as during the storm, the County Executive today joined with Nassau health officials to discuss post-blizzard safety issues.
“Once again, I remind residents to be safe on the roadways,” County Executive Mangano said. “Vehicle accidents will likely continue today as hazardous conditions still exist from ice and snow mounds.”
Mangano spoke about the ongoing safety concerns, at Nassau University Medical Center, where he was joined by hospital CEO/President Victor Politi and Nassau County Health Commissioner Lawrence Eisenstein,
To contact Public Works or transportation departments in Nassau’s towns and cities, call or email:
o Nassau County: (516) 571-6000
o TOH: (516) 489-6000
o TONH: 311
o Glen Cove: (516) 676-2004
o Long Beach: (516) 431-1011
• NICE Bus – http://www.nicebus.com or NICEgoMobile app
• LIRR – http://alert.mta.info
“The Big Dig continues today in Nassau County, where many residents continue to dig out their homes and cars from more than 20 inches of snow,” County Executive Mangano said, and he offered the following warnings:
• People seriously underestimate the strenuous activity of shoveling, as it strains the upper body, increases heart rate and elevates blood pressure.
• We remind elderly residents and those with health concerns that shoveling and operating a snow blower can cause cardiac risk.
• On Saturday, a 61-year-old man went into cardiac arrest while snow blowing in West Hempstead and passed away.
• On Sunday, a 62-year-old male in Seaford suffered a heart attack while shoveling snow in front of his house.
• Also on Sunday, a private operator was removing snow from an Oyster Bay Cove residence when the plow fatally struck the homeowner while in reverse.
• Other storm related injuries came from shoveling snow, and from hands placed in or near snow blower blades.
• The Nassau County Department of Public Works, as well as towns and villages, will continue clearing roadways today.
• We ask that you keep cars in driveways so that we can best clear roadways.
• County government is open for business. While our community college has a delayed opening, all other facilities are open, including the courts.
• NICE Bus is operating, but experiencing delays from slow travel. For up to date information, visit http://www.nicebus.com or download the NICEgoMobile app.
• The County Department of Social Services continues to operate its Winter Sheltering Program—known as WARMBED—for those without shelter. During the day, please call (516) 227-8519.
• Between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00am, residents should dial the WARMBED Hotline at 1-866-927-6233.
• If residents are out of home heating fuel or in need of an emergency burner repair, please call the Nassau County Department of Social Services Home Energy Assistance Program, at (516) 227-7605, between 8am-4:45pm, to find out if you qualify for the HEAP program.