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New York City Should Prepare For Another Winter Storm

Matt Lillywhite

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Since New York City experienced several winter storms last year, government officials want residents to prepare for adverse weather and hazardous driving conditions.

According to the New York government, "the leading cause of death and injuries during winter storms is transportation accidents." Therefore, residents of New York shouldn't drive during adverse weather conditions unless it's an essential journey (such as going to the hospital). If you need to travel, drive slowly and keep a large distance between yourself and other vehicles.

It's incredibly unsafe to walk on ice (especially during a winter storm). Many cold-weather injuries are caused by falls on ice-covered sidewalks, steps, driveways, and porches. Therefore, the CDC recommends using rock salt or another chemical de-icing product to keep your steps and pathways as ice-free as possible. Sand can also be used to lessen the chance of slipping.

When a winter storm occurs in New York, snowplows may take several hours to clear the streets. Therefore, you should remain patient and delay any journeys that aren't essential. Since accidents often occur in hazardous winter storms, you should have an emergency supply kit at home that will last you (and your family) several days. It might include:

  • Water–one gallon per person, per day
  • Food (enough to last three days)
  • Flashlight
  • Radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Personal documents
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Maps
  • Manual can opener

During a winter storm, you should avoid drinking alcohol to stay warmer, according to the CDC. "Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages—they cause your body to lose heat faster. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages or broth to help keep yourself warm. If you have any dietary restrictions, ask your doctor."

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