Information from Office of Council Member Carlos Menchaca

posted Jan 26, 2015, 3:57 AM by Sylwia Jasinski
CARLOS MENCHACA
New York City Council Member - District 38 
4417 4th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11220  718.439.9012
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The National Weather Service and The New York City Department of Sanitation (DNSY) have officially issued a “snow alert” for the New York area to begin today, Monday, January 26th.


BE PREPARED. STAY HOME. TRAVEL BY MASS TRANSIT IF YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR HOME.

The City of New York is coordinating services to ensure that emergency plans are operational, and that residents are able to access emergency services when required. Street cleaning services are in place to begin as early as today.


OUR DISTRICT: Additionally, a number of local groups in District 38 are gearing up to assist residents in the upcoming days—with special attention paid to our most vulnerable neighbors. We will send a follow-up email this afternoon detailing important services and contacts specifically related to our District.

If you are a local organization that is helping to coordinate emergency services and would like to connect with our office to get information to residents, please call our office at 718-439-9012, or email at info38@council.nyc.gov


Please reach out to our office with questions or concerns in advance of, throughout, and after the storm. We will forward all complaints, questions, and concerns to OEM, and they will dispatch the appropriate response team. 

Below is some important information to help you prepare for, and navigate the severe weather. Also, you’ll find contact information for the City of New York if you should require assistance.

There is no doubt that our communities have been through tough weather events. While the idea of a storm of this scale is worrisome, I have full faith in this community as a model for organizing to respond in difficult times, and in looking out for those around us. Let us continue to serve as a resource for one another in the upcoming days.  

In solidarity and service,

Carlos

Getting Information:
·         Please reserve 911 calls for actual emergencies (but don't hesitate to call them if you have one). For other questions on city services, please call 311.
·         Winter weather information and information about City services and storm response – including the Snow Vehicle Tracker to find your roadway’s snow removal progress –can be found by visiting the City’s Severe Weather website at 
www.nyc.gov/severeweather or by calling 311.
·         New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free emergency notification system. Through Notify NYC, New Yorkers can receive phone calls, text messages, and/or emails alerts about severe weather events and other emergencies. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit 
Enroll in Notify NYC, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.
·         NYC Emergency Management External Affairs Division is working with the Mayor’s Office Community Affairs Unit and will continue to provide updates and information via this format, at a minimum of once per day but more as the situation warrants.
 
Important agency-specific items:
·         Department of Education: After school activities are cancelled for tomorrow, Monday January 26th. A final decision on school closure for Tuesday will be made later although the Mayor has said that it is likely.
·         Department of Homeless Services HOPE Count: Originally scheduled for the overnight of January 26th, this event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
·         Department of Parks and Recreation: Will be tracking limbs/trees down and, due to high wind gusts, advising the public to keep out of parks during the storm for their safety.
·         Alternate Side Parking: Will be suspended citywide for tomorrow, Monday January 26th and Tuesday, January 27th to facilitate snow removal. Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the city.
 
Tips from the American Red Cross:
Put Together a Supply Kit:
  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
  • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves
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