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Cuomo Activating NY State Emergency Operations Center To Prepare For Blizzard

By February 7, 2013

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It seems like Superstorm Sandy and the havoc that it wreaked in our area wasn't that long ago. Now the weather forecast is for a severe winter storm on Long Island and beyond. In preparation for this blizzard, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced tomorrow, Friday, February 8, 2013, he is activating the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to monitor and also coordinate response effortgs.

Cuomo urges all New Yorkers to listen to their local news reports for weather updates and to be away that they should avoid non-essential travel due to the expected icy roads as a result of the blizzard.

Starting tomorrow, Friday, in the morning, and continuing through Saturday afternoon, there will be strong winds in the range of 50 mph and snow that will affect Long Island, the NYC area and the Hudson Valley. There is the potential for power outages, downed trees, coastal flooding and beach erosion. (Does this sound familiar?)

Nassau and Suffolk counties will activate their Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) on Friday.

Cuomo advises all only to travel if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive, he says, carry emergency supplies like sand, a shovel, flares, booster cables, an ice scraper, a portable radio, flashlight, rope, blankets and warm clothing. Always let someone know your intended route and estimated time of arrival.

The governor's office has communicated to the National Grid that they need to be ready with advance preparations and response plans. It was reported earlier today that the National Grid is taking advance steps to prepare for the storm and any outages that it may result in on Long Island. This includes secruing hundreds of extra work crews, adding call center personnel and more.

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