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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
800 AM EDT Mon Oct 30 2017

...This week is 2017 Winter Weather Awareness Week for
New York State...

The National Weather Service will feature a different educational
topic each day this week. Today`s topic is preparedness.

Modern civilization has learned many lessons of how mother nature
can impact lives in a variety of ways. Natural disasters continue
to span across the United States each year ranging from tidal surges
from hurricanes impacting several states during the summer to
ice storms that cause billions of dollars of damage forcing millions
to go without power. Today, we will explore what precautions
you can take to mitigate against New York`s harsh winters and
how you can become ready and more resilient.

It has been proven that the best way to prepare for extreme
weather is to have a plan.  Never let a winter storm take you by
surprise.  If you are expecting to be at home or at work during an
extreme winter weather event, you need to be concerned about
losing power, heat, or cell / phone service. Losing one of these
three services may create a life threatening situation.
Make sure you have a back up plan.

Whether you are at home, on the road or at work, one should
always have an emergency kit. An emergency kit should include
the following: a flashlight and extra batteries, a battery-powered
NOAA Weather Radio, food and water, extra prescriptions, an
emergency heat source, first-aid supplies and a cell phone or
another way to communicate such as a CB radio or amateur radio unit.

The best action to take during a winter storm is to stay inside and
not travel, unless it is an emergency.

If you must drive, slow down and allow extra time to reach your
destination! Let someone know where you are going and what route you
are going to take.  If your car gets stuck in a storm, stay in your
vehicle! If you leave your vehicle, you could become disoriented
quickly if there is wind-driven snow and cold. Run the motor for a
total of 10 minutes each hour for heat. While running the motor,
open the window a little bit so that fresh air can get into the car
to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure you clear snow away
from the exhaust pipe to avoid gas poisoning. Attach a bright cloth
to your car door to draw attention to yourself, and when it stops
snowing, raise the hood of your car to indicate to others you need
help.

The following topics will be covered this week:

Tuesday: Lake Effect Snow and Snow Squalls.
Wednesday: Nor`easters and Winter Storms.
Thursday: Flooding and Ice Jams.
Friday: National Weather Service Winter Products.

Additional information will be disseminated by social media
platforms: Facebook at, http://www.facebook.com/nwsbinghamton and
Twitter at, http://www.twitter.com/nwsbinghamton

Please join us by using the following hashtags:
#Winterprep, #Winter, and #AreYouReady.

For additional information on New York Winter Weather
Awareness Week:

http://weather.gov/bgm/wwaw

You can also contact Dave Nicosia at, david.nicosia@noaa.gov,
for additional information about 2017 NY Winter Weather
Awareness Week.

$$

David Nicosia
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Binghamton, NY



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