With the National Weather Service forecasting 12-18” of snow tomorrow, and wind gusts up to 55-mph, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced that storm preparations are well underway in Nassau County. More than 200 employees have been dispatched to ensure personal and roadway safety, by clearing storm drains to prevent flooding, brining County roadways, bridges and overpasses to prevent black ice that could endanger drivers, and securing the County’s Wastewater treatment plants at Bay Park and Cedar Creek, in case of a tidal surge.
Preparations include having 28,000 tons of road salt and over 3,600 tons of road sand on hand.
The County Executive urged residents to stay off the roads tomorrow if possible, and to plan for the possibility of power outages and road closures. Residents can download the Nassau Now application to their mobile device to stay up to date on County Storm preparations and to report potholes.
At 8pm tonight, the Office of Emergency Management will activate its Emergency Operations Center and Nassau’s Non-Emergency Hotline, for reporting issues such as down trees, stranded cars or other non-life threatening emergencies during the storm – 1-800-315-5153. The hotline will remain active throughout the storm. Callers should dial 911 ONLY for life-threatening emergencies.
County Executive Mangano was joined at a press briefing this afternoon by commissioners from the departments of Emergency Management, Nassau County Police, Public Works, Fire Marshals, Health, Public Safety, the Correctional Center and emergency animal care.
“According to the NWS, the snow is expected to begin around 11pm tonight, with the heaviest snowfall Saturday morning through Saturday evening, winds will be coming out of the northeast at about 22-32mph, with peak gusts up to 45mph,” he reported. “With potential major flooding, and blizzard-like conditions making driving conditions hazardous, we urge residents to stay off the roadways unless necessary.” He added that Coastal flooding is the biggest concern along the south shore during high tide Saturday evening,
Nassau County is also opening Warming Centers for residents over the weekend. Locations include:
o Cantiague Park Ice Rink
o Nickerson Beach Park
o Grant Park
o Christopher Morley
o Michel Field Administration Center
o Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage
o Syosset-Woodbury Community Park Ice Rink; and at
o Majorie Post Community Park
Residents should take note of the following closures:
o Public Ice Skating Sessions are cancelled at all rinks, including Grant, Christopher Morley & Cantiague Parks…as well as hockey at those locations.
o Outdoor rinks will reopen Sunday afternoon
o Tackapausha and Garvies Point Museums will also be closed Saturday.
o The Aquatic Center will close at 12pm tomorrow and reopen at noon on Sunday
o The Nassau County Rifle Range will close at noon tomorrow.
“We remind residents with health concerns – DO NOT shovel or use a snow blower, as HEART ATTACKS are most common during a snow event,” County Executive Mangano said. “I ask all residents to stay alert for weather forecasts and messages from Nassau County, and to keep an on-hand Emergency Go-Kit for their family and one for their Pet.”
Among other things, this kit should include:
o a first aid kit, warm clothing,
o flash light with extra batteries,
o a portable radio and water and dry food
o and for pet owners: bowls, food, identification and medication.
The County Department of Social Services has also activated 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.