Advance Warning System: Record cold temperatures, dangerous wind gusts up to 55 MPH, moderate snowfall

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Good afternoon AWS Partners,

New York City will see extremely dangerous cold conditions over the next three days. Nighttime wind chill values will be consistently below zero with Sunday, February 15, bringing the coldest temps the City has seen in decades (see full temperature predictions below and full weather outlook attached.) along with extremely dangerous winds, with gusts on Sunday predicted to reach 55 MPH. We ask that you urge your clients not to travel in these tropical-storm type winds, emphasizing the dangers of frostbite and hypothermia.

In addition to the cold weather there will be snowfall on Saturday with 3-6 inches predicted with heaviest snowfalls coming between 7 PM Saturday night and 7 AM Sunday morning. Coupled with the strong winds these snowfalls will bring blizzard intensity during times of heaviest snowfalls. This precipitation and freezing temperatures can lead to very dangerous travel conditions and black ice. Please urge your clients to cancel any unnecessary travel during this cold snap. If your clients must travel please share the attached tips for motorist and pedestrian travel.

Precipitation and Timing
� The New York City area can expect light snow to begin around midday Saturday increasing to more moderate to heavy snowfall by the evening hours.
� The timeframe for the heaviest snowfall is from approximately 7:00 PM Saturday to around 7:00 AM Sunday before tapering off by Sunday afternoon.
� Near blizzard conditions are possible during periods of heaviest snowfall. The heaviest bands of snow are currently expected to remain east and northeast of the city.
� Snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected for New York City.


� Tonight: northwest winds 10 to 15 MPH, becoming southeast around 5 MPH after midnight.

� Saturday: south winds 10 to 15 MPH.
� Saturday Night: very windy; southwest winds 15 to 20 MPH with gusts up to 30 MPH, increasing to northwest 25 to 35 MPH with gusts up to 45 MPH after midnight.

� Sunday: very windy; northwest winds 30 to 40 MPH with gusts up to 55 MPH.
� Sunday Night: windy; northwest winds 20 to 30 MPH with gusts up to 45 MPH, diminishing to 15 to 20 MPH with gusts up to 30 MPH after midnight.

Lastly, during the coldest conditions New Yorkers often turn to space heaters, gas heaters and ovens to stay warm. Please share these home heating tips and carbon monoxide warnings with your clients throughout the weekend:


Improper use of portable heating equipment can lead to fire or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Take precautions to ensure you are heating your home safely.

Fire safety tips:
� Use only portable heating equipment that is approved for indoor use.
� Keep combustible materials, including furniture, drapes, and carpeting at least three feet away from the heat source. NEVER drape clothes over a space heater to dry.
� Always keep an eye on heating equipment. Never leave children alone in the room where a space heater is running. Turn it off when you are unable to closely monitor it.
� Be careful not to overload electrical circuits.
� Make sure you have a working smoke detector in every room. Check and change batteries often.

Carbon monoxide safety tips:

� Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home and check them regularly to make sure the batteries are working. NYC law requires owners to provide and install at least one approved carbon monoxide alarm within 15 feet of the primary entrance to each sleeping room.
� Make sure your heating system is kept clean and properly vented; have worn or defective parts replaced.
� Kerosene heaters and propane space heaters are dangerous and illegal in New York City.
� Never heat your home with a gas stove or oven.
� Never use any gas-powered appliance, charcoal grill, or hibachi indoors.
� Never run a car or truck in a garage or enclosed area. Clear exhaust pipes before starting a car or truck after it snows.
� The most common symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning is headache. However, symptoms may also include dizziness, chest pain, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases, people can become increasingly irritable, agitated and confused, eventually becoming lethargic and lapsing into unconsciousness.
� If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, open windows, leave your home, get to fresh air immediately, and call 911.

What to Do if You Lose Heat or Hot Water at Home

Any New York City tenant without adequate heat or hot water should first speak with the building owner, manager, or superintendent. If the problem is not corrected, tenants should call 311. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will take measures to ensure your heat and hot water is restored.

If there is any problem accessing the attached file, it can also be found here:

For forecast updates, visit the National Weather Service online.

More Information
For more helpful tips for staying warm and safe, view NYC Emergency Management's winter weather video, or visit Management. New Yorkers are also 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 traffic and transit disruptions and other emergencies. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.

NYC Emergency Management Human Services Unit:
Human Services email distribution list:

Johanna Conroy
Director of Human Services
Cell: 917-662-3295

Marianne Jackson
Special Needs Liaison
Cell: 646-335-5693

Eli Fresquez
Special Needs Coordinator
Cell: 347-386-0389

Cynthia Barton
Disaster Housing Recovery Program Manager
Cell: 917-468-2768

Jonas Ballreich
Human Services Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Cell: 347-374-1058

Jay Brandt
Human Services Emergency Preparedness Manager
Cell: 646-596-3147

Annette Santiago
Director of Human Resources
Cell: 347-534-7028

February 13, 2015