Ready For The Winter Storm?

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In response to the National Weather Service’s weekend forecast of blizzard and high winds, Mayor Reggie Spinello has engaged Glen Cove’s Emergency Task Force to be at the ready for any weekend weather challenges. The task force includes the leaders of the Glen Cove Fire Department, Police Department, EMS, Auxiliary Police, Harbor Patrol, Department of Public Works, Water Department and Public Relations teams. As with past winter storm alerts, the city’s Emergency Task Force is prepared for  heavy snow, ice, power outages, downed trees and electrical wires, coastal and street flooding, transportation issues, emergency medical care and overall public safety.

“With heavy snow, blizzard and white-out conditions expected as early as Saturday morning into Sunday along with Saturday’s full moon, I believe it is always prudent to air on the side of caution when planning for a storm of any magnitude,” said Spinello. “Glen Cove residents can begin to get prepared so there is easy access to supplies for your family and a comfort level that your home has been secured to effectively weather any storm to the best of one’s abilities. If possible, stay off the roads  Saturday afternoon into Sunday, get your snow shovels ready, shop for the essentials, stock the fireplace with wood and flashlights with batteries, charge your phone batteries and fill your gas tanks.”

Spinello will be providing residents with storm updates based on the severity of the weather conditions via telephone alerts and on the city’s web site, www.glencove-li.us. As part of a resident’s readiness plan, here are a series of suggestions for storm preparedness.

Snow Storm Preparedness Checklist:
•    Park cars and trucks in your driveway, front lawn, home garage or in the city’s municipal garages on Friday night as the more cars that are off the streets of the Glen Cove, the more effective the Department of Public Works plowing efforts can be to meet the mobility needs of residents. •    Register your home and cell phone numbers for emergency notifications from Mayor Spinello and the City of Glen Cove.  During periods of mass outages and storms, the system is activated to provide the public with important information. Forms are available online at www.glencove-li.us.

•    Individuals who have life sustaining medical equipment are urged to email Glen Cove EMS at joaquinpreparedness@gmail.com  or call 516-676-0366 to be put on a check list.

•    Make sure your cell phones, tablets and laptops are charged; have a back-up cell phone charger.
•    Check your supply of batteries, flash lights, bottled water, ready-to-eat foods, wood for the fireplace, propane for barbeque grills and emergency medical supplies.
•    Place home fire extinguishers in a convenient location.
•    Drive with caution during heavy storm activities as there may be snow drifts, black ice, flooding, falling branches and trees and hazardous road conditions.

Emergency Phone Numbers
Emergencies:  911
Glen Cove Police Department: 516-676-1000
Glen Cove Fire Department: 516-676-0366
Emergency Medical Services: 516-676-0366
Harbor Patrol:  516-671-4263
Electric Outage or Downed Wire:
Call PSEG LI at 1-800-490-0075 to report an outage
•    Call 911 or Glen Cove Fire Department at 516-671-3437 to report a downed electric wire and stay away from the wire.
Downed Trees and Street Flooding:
•    Call the Glen Cove Department of Public Works at 516-656-2967 to report a downed tree, flooded road or other obstructions on your neighborhood’s streets.
Water Department: 516-656-2973 – emergency number
No Telephone Service: Call your local telephone provider from your cell phone or a friend/neighbor’s phone. AT&T: 1-800-288-2020; Verizon: 1-800-922-0204; Sprint: 1-844-665-6327; T-Mobile: 1-877-746-0909.
Smell of Gas:
•    Call National Grid at 1-800-490-0045
•    Call the Glen Cove Fire Department at 911 or 516-676-0366
No Cable Service:
•    Optimum: 631-393-0636; Verizon Fios: 1-800-837-4966
Train and Bus Schedules: Call the MTA at 511 or 1-877-690-5116

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