Winter Storm Tips and Updates from Mount Sinai
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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the New York City and New Jersey metropolitan areas from 7 p.m February 1 through 6 p.m. February 2. This winter storm may bring heavy snow, icy conditions, and cold temperatures.
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Storm Safety Tips
It is important to be prepared for strong winds, potential power outages, and snow. Mount Sinai has compiled the following safety tips to help you coordinate your plans:
- If you have a special medical condition, plan ahead. Compile a list of medications (and dosages) you take and any known allergies you have in case you need to go to the hospital.
- Store insulin and liquid antibiotics on ice in case of a power failure.
- Be certain to have an extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts handy, as well as batteries for hearing aids.
- Charge all cell phones in advance of the storm. If you lose power in the home and your car is in a garage, you can use your car cigarette lighter to serve as a backup charger for your cell battery if it runs low.
- Battery-powered flashlights are better to use in emergencies than candles, as candles can pose a fire hazard. Be sure to have extra batteries for your flashlight(s).
- Keep a battery-operated emergency radio handy to stay current with weather and news updates.
- Stay in close contact with the elderly and relatives.
- Be sure to have a supply of water in containers and even your tub, as pipes can freeze during power outages. You should have at least one gallon of water per person per day.
- Create an emergency kit with medications, water, bandages, soap, toothpaste/toothbrush, extra clothing, flashlights, a radio, and food in it.
- Gather essentials for infants, such as diapers, wipes, formula, sanitized bottles, and extra clothing. Also gather warm clothing items and extra blankets in one area.
- Make sure you or your relatives have backup power sources if anyone is on home oxygen or nebulizers.
- Remove any deck furniture, planters, garbage cans, and tools from outdoors, as they can be tossed by high winds.
- Remain inside – large storms and blizzard-like conditions can increase risks such as frostbite, hypothermia, as well as dangerous traveling conditions.
- After the storm, be extra cautious driving and walking outside with potential hazards such as downed trees and black ice.
- Have a supply of cash on hand. If the power fails, the ATM network will not be in operation and credit /debit card machines will be out as well.