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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
800 AM EDT MON OCT 30 2017

...THIS WEEK IS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN NEW YORK...

The National Weather Service and The New York State Office of
Emergency Management is promoting winter safety to all New Yorkers
during Winter Weather Awareness week October 29 through November 4.

During major winter storms, it is usually best to remain at home
rather than venturing outdoors. You should always be prepared to
ride out any adverse weather. Your primary concerns at home include
the possible loss of heat, electricity, and telephone service. You
may also run out of supplies if the storm persists for several days.

You should keep a three day supply of non perishable food which
requires no cooking or refrigeration. Have a non electric can
opener available. Store one gallon of water per person, each day.

Your disaster supplies for the home should also include a first aid
kit along with essential prescription medication, a portable radio,
a NOAA weather radio, flashlights, extra batteries, and several
blankets.

Remember, if you lose power, you will probably lose your primary
source of heat as well since most furnaces need electricity to
function. If you do have an alternate source of heat such as a
fireplace or wood stove, make sure that it is in good condition.
Stove pipes, flues, and chimneys should be inspected and cleaned. Be
sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers
are in good working order.

When outdoors, be sure to dress properly for the cold. Wear several
layers of warm, loose fitting clothing. The layers help to trap
your body heat better than one heavy layer, and a few layers can be
removed to avoid perspiration and subsequent chill. The outer layer
should also be water repellent.

Also, remember to wear a hat to shield yourself from the cold since
a significant loss of body heat occurs from your head. In addition,
mittens are better than gloves at protecting your fingers from the
extreme cold.

Winter weather poses many challenges to travelers who take to the
roads. Visibility is often reduced by snow, fog, and the
accumulation of road salts on the windshield. Traction can be
reduced by snow, ice, and water ponding on roadways. Winter weather
also increases the stress on your vehicles electrical and cooling
systems.

Be sure your vehicle is ready for the winter driving season. Have
your engine tuned up...your battery checked...and your engine
coolant or antifreeze tested to see if it can withstand the extreme
cold. Also, you can increase your visibility by installing new
windshield wipers. Finally, be sure your snow tires or all season
tires are properly inflated and have enough tread to grip the road.

You should consider a survival kit for your car, especially if you
drive in rural areas. Have a blanket or sleeping bag on hand along
with a supply of non perishable food, a first aid kit with
prescription medication if necessary, and bottles of drinking water
or juice. If you become stuck or stranded, your chances of survival
will be greater. Also include a shovel, sand or cat litter,
booster cables, an ice scraper, and a snow brush.

Always check with the latest National Weather Service forecasts,
warnings and statements. NOAA weather radio is a good source for
the latest information 24 hours a day. If a storm is occurring or
about to begin, consider postponing your trip until conditions
improve. If you must travel during inclement weather, remain on
well traveled main routes or highways. Let someone at your
destination know that you are on your way, and tell them your
estimated time of arrival.

Travel with someone if possible. If you get stuck, stay in or near
your vehicle. It is easy to get lost or disoriented in a blinding
snowstorm or blizzard. Also, rescue personnel can find you much
more easily if you stay put.

You can find out more about winter weather safety on our website at
www.weather.gov/safety

$$

Levan/SW



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