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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
800 AM EST Mon Nov 7 2016



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

Modern civilization has learned hard lessons over the years
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 worth of damage and force 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 resilient.

Its 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 if you will
lose power, heat or telephone service. Losing one of these three
services during a dangerous situation, may create a life threatening
situation. Make sure you always 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, extra pet food and First-aid supplies.

The best action to take during a winter storm is to stay inside.
Close off any unneeded rooms to avoid wasting heat,
stuff towels in cracks under doors and windows, and wear
loose-fitting/light-weight clothing.  If you must leave your house,
slow down! Let someone know where you are going and what
route you are going to take. Stay calm as possible and ease
your foot off the gas.  Turn your wheels in the direction
you want the front of the car to go.  If you have an anti-lock
braking system (ABS), apply steady pressure to the break pedal.
Never pump the breaks on an ABS equipped vehicle.

If your car gets stuck in a storm, stay in your vehicle!! If you
leave your vehicle, you will become disoriented quickly in
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.
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, and
Twitter at,

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

For additional information on New York Winter Weather
Awareness Week:

You can also contact Dave Nicosia at,, or
Kat Hawley at,, for additional information
about NOAA`s 2016 National Weather Service Winter Weather
Awareness Week.


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