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Sheriff's Office to Provide Frequent Public Updates Via Social Media During the Storm

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 1/22/2016 | Views: 2579

YAPHANK, NY-- Sheriff Vincent DeMarco wants the public to know that frequent storm updates will be posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook and Twitter accounts as the storm approaches, throughout the day on Saturday and following the storm in the event there are power outages and other dangerous conditions.  In preparation for the storm, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, along with their counterparts in local, state and federal agencies, have been assigned to the County’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to coordinate emergency response and recovery efforts. Sheriff DeMarco stated “Sworn personnel at the EOC will be providing public information as it becomes available, including road closures, general warnings and flood updates,” stated the Sheriff.  Access to the Sheriff’s social media accounts can be found on our Social Media page.

Pictured is the Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Patch.

Yesterday, the Sheriff advised residents to prepare for whiteout conditions, downed trees and power lines. In the event of power outages, Sheriff DeMarco wants the public to be prepared and to plan for possible loss of electricity and heat sources.  “The County’s residents are highly dependent on electricity and this poses a particular danger during cold weather storms,” he said.

Here are some ways to address a power outage during freezing weather conditions:

1.   If your power goes out, and you lose heat, turn on your faucets to a drip to help prevent your water pipes from freezing.

2.   If you lose heat in your home, dress in layers and wear a warm hat and gloves to prevent heat from escaping.  Make sure all members of the family have multiple blankets available and warm clothing.  This is extremely important because heat loss can cause hypothermia – especially in elderly people and young children.

3.   It is much easier to retain heat in a small area, so if your home becomes cold, gather in a small room and use blankets to cover any areas where heat can escape, such as doors and windows. 

4.   The process of digesting food can actually help raise your body temperature.  So if you’re cold, eat something.

5.   If you have a power generator, know how to operate it correctly.  Never run a generator in a closed area, such as your home or garage, because they produce carbon-monoxide fumes which can be deadly. Also, never connect a generator to your home’s power system unless it has been properly installed and disconnected from the power grid.

Finally, these are some tasks that you should be doing today, before the storm approaches: stock up on non-perishable foods, acquire light sources like flashlights and candles, put gas in your cars and make sure your cell phones and computers are fully charged.

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