Stay warm -- and safe!

Brooklyn Currents | 1/23/2016 | 0 comments

From the Borough President's Office:

Brooklyn is experiencing what may be one of the largest snowstorms in our borough's, and indeed our city's, recorded history. A blizzard warning will be in effect through 7 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24.  Snow accumulations between 20 and 25 inches are anticipated, along with strong and potentially damaging winds.

The BP office is coordinating directly with the Mayor's Office, the New York City Office of Emergency Management, and other key citywide agencies to ensure that Brooklynites are aware and prepared, as well as to address any problems that may arise as a result of Winter Storm Jonas. Here are some of the important information and tips you should know and share with your family, friends and neighbors in the coming hours:

  • 911 should only be used in case of emergencies. All other snow-related inquiries and reports should be made to 311; Brooklynites can follow up on those calls by tweeting their issues to @BPEricAdams. 
  • New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC (, the City's free emergency notification system. Through the service, you can receive phone calls, text messages, and/or emails alerts about severe weather events and other emergencies.   
  • Until further notice, there is a travel ban on New York City streets for all non-emergency vehicles.
  • The New York City Department of Sanitation has activated PlowNYC --  1,650 plows have been dispatched, and 135 other plows from other City agencies will assist with snow clearing operations. Plowing progress can be followed at  
  • Alternate Side Parking regulations will be suspended Monday to facilitate snow removal. Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout New York City.      [ Editor's comment: How can the meters still be in effect during a travel ban?  If you're already at a meter, how can you move the car if  there's such a ban?]
  • All Long Island Rail Road service, Metro-North Railroad service, and elevated subway lines are suspended until further notice. For additional information, go to
  • The New York City Department of Education has canceled all of its events for Saturday and Sunday. Updates will be communicated directly to schools and families and guidance will be posted online.
  • Citi Bike has been shut down until further notice.
  • East River Ferry service is suspended until further notice.
  • Any tenant lacking heat and hot water should immediately call 311. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development has crews responding.
  • NYCHA 
    residents should contact the Customer Contact Center at (718) 707-7771 to report any heat and/or hot water issues, as well as other maintenance concerns.
  • Code Blue protocols are in effect. No one seeking shelter in New York City will be denied. Anyone who sees a homeless individual or family out in the cold should call 311 immediately and an outreach team will be dispatched to assist them.
  • For power-related issues, contact your utility provider:
    • Con Edison 24-hour hotline: 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633)
    • National Grid 24-hour hotline: 1-718-643-4050

  • Exposure to cold can cause life-threatening health conditions. Avoid serious conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia, by dressing warm and staying indoors.
  • 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. Try not to use any portable heaters, but if you must, make sure they're not left unattended, and be sure they have automatic turn-off switches in case they tilt over. Do not place any heaters near  items that can catch fire, such as drapes or  bedding. If you lose heattake measures to trap existing warm air, and safely stay warm until heat returns.
Stay safe and stay warm!


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