By Eden Laikin
Residents are strongly advised to stay indoors – and off the roads tomorrow, if the “blizzard” continues to track toward Long Island as forecasted, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said at a news conference this morning.
The strong winds expected to blow around the 12-18 inches of snow predicted by the National Weather Service, will make for hazardous visibility conditions, he said.
With the impending Nor’easter just a day away, the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management has already begun preparing – operating around the clock. And preparing to fully activate its , early Tuesday at 4am.
County Executive Mangano suggested that those using public transportation, call the individual service and find out about any delays or major interruptions before heading out.
As the amount of snowfall forecasted can potentially cause downed trees and stranded cars, County Executive Mangano reminded residents to report such “non-life threatening emergencies” on the Non-Emergency line at 1-800-315-5153. That line will remain active throughout the storm, and help to keep the 911 lines clear for actual life-threatening emergencies.
Earlier this morning, the Nassau County Department of Public Works began treating or “brining” County roadways, bridges and overpasses to help combat black ice from forming, and to ensure that Nassau residents who absolutely have to travel, have a safe commute.
“Today, over 200 snow-fighters are at-the-ready to keep our County roadways safe and passable — with over 120 assets, including plows and spreaders,” Mangano said. “In addition, we have 18,750 tons of road salt and 2,250 tons of road sand on hand.”
The County Executive thanked the men and women of the Department of Public Works for “their tireless efforts to keep our roads safe.”
He encouraged all residents to plan for the possibility of power outages – and to report such electrical emergencies to PSEG Long Island at 1-800-490-0075.
He also encouraged residents to prepare to “shelter in place” by making sure they have enough of their prescription medication and other critical supplies.
He also reminded residents of important warnings and precautions to take during a storm of this magnitude, such as staying away from downed power lines and not using a generator in your garage or home.
If you or someone you know is homeless, he said, Nassau’s Winter Sheltering Program – known as WARMBED – is open. Between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00am, residents should dial the WARMBED Hotline at 1-866-927-6233. During the day, call (516) 227-8519.
If residents are out of home heating fuel or in need of an emergency burner repair, they can call the Department of Social Services Home Energy Assistance Program, at (516) 227-7605, between 8am-4:45pm, to find out if they qualify for the program.
County Executive Ed Mangano further reminded residents with health concerns, to not shovel or use a snow blower as heart attacks are most common during a snow event. Pet owners should keep their Furry Friends indoors, he said, and he encouraged residents to sign up for SMART911. That program allows residents to create a free safety profile for their household at www.Smart911.com that can include family members, medical conditions, allergies, pets and emergency contacts.
This information enhances 911 call-taking, streamlines response times, and provides emergency alerts to residents.
Residents can also download the Nassau Now application to their mobile device to stay up to date on County Storm preparations and to report potholes.
To receive email emergency notifications from the Office of Emergency Management, please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/OEM.
County Executive Mangano was joined at the OEM in Bethpage for this morning’s news conference, by Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter, Deputy Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, Deputy County Executive for Public Safety, Charles Ribando, OEM Commissioner Craig Craft, Deputy Commissioner James Kane, Chief Fire Marshal Scott Tusa, DPW Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias and Gary Rogers, Nassau County Emergency Animal Coordinator.
“I ask all residents to stay alert for weather forecasts and messages from Nassau County and to take warnings seriously,” he said, reminding residents to also stay tuned to media for storm news and for information.”