Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...strong winds and dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Sunday Feb.14 16,03:00 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

PSEG Long Island Conducts 2014 Annual Hurricane Drill

Nature & Weather, Local News, Press Releases, Seasonal & Current Events

Tests New Processes and Procedures for Responding to Catastrophic Storms.

Uniondale, NY - May 21st, 2014 - PSEG Long Island conducted its annual emergency preparedness drill yesterday at Nassau County's Office of Emergency Management headquarters in Bethpage. While the utility had extensive, real-world experience dealing with storms immediately following its launch, this exercise allowed for PSEG Long Island to test its major storm preparedness, including new operating communications procedures implemented as a result of lessons learned from previous storms.

“As the new electric service provider on Long Island and in the Rockaways, we are committed to enhancing our emergency response during large-scale storm events,” said John O’Connell, vice president of transmission and distribution for PSEG Long Island. “Specifically, as a result of the lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy, we have focused our efforts on enhancing the emergency response plans in critical areas associated with electric service restoration and related communication.”

The new operational improvements tested included:

  • Enacting the draft flood restoration protocol, which added new procedures and coordination with towns and villages for customers impacted by flooding.
  • Prioritizing the clearing of critical roadways by working with towns, villages and the respective county Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs).
  • Enhancing logistics processes that improve efficiency of external restoration resources.

The new communication improvements tested included:

  • Increasing the use of press releases and social media to convey pertinent information to customers and other key stakeholder groups.
  • Regionalizing the Municipal Storm Calls to enable the dissemination of more localized and geographic specific information to elected officials and municipal leaders.
  • Utilizing previously captured customer e-mail addresses for direct communication with customers during storm events.
  • Adding 25 liaisons in the field to improve communications and restoration efforts with towns and villages.

O’Connell continued, “Our customers deserve to have safe, reliable, consistent power every day, even during significant storm events. This drill provided us with the opportunity to review the new procedures that will ensure that we achieve that promise and commitment. Our team brings hundreds of years of experience effectively managing catastrophic storms to Long Island and we’ve implemented real change to the way we respond to storms.”

The Long Island Power Authority and the New York State Department of Public Service; public officials from New York State, New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties; local emergency management agencies; various utility companies, including National Grid, New York Power Authority, Verizon and Cablevision; and the National Weather Service attended and observed the mock event.

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