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Common Sense Reminders for Snow on Long Island

Drivers on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore ignore warnings to stay off the roads during a snow storm Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.
Drivers on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore ignore warnings to stay off the roads during a snow storm Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

Long Island has survived worse snow than this without the region breaking down like southern states ill-equipped for such winter weather did last week.

But, with two more snow storms forecast to possibly hit the tristate area this week after the latest Monday drops up to 8 inches on LI, a refresher is in order.

What follows is a friendly reminder of some “Common Sense” measures, most of which are courtesy of the Town of Brookhaven, where offcials are especially eager to avoid a repeat of the infamously Blizzard of ’13.

Dealing With Snow 101:

Stay off the roads and park your car in your driveway to allow snow plows and emergency vehicles to pass.

Clear fire hydrants in your area.

Remove ice and snow from steps, sidewalks and walkways.

Keep cell phones and other electronic devices charged.

Have a battery operated radio and a flashlight ready in case of a power outage.

When shoveling snow, dress warm in layers and avoid over-exertion.

If you must drive, make sure your tires are properly inflated and windshield wipers are working properly.

Keep your pets indoors.

Check on elderly and infirmed friends and neighbors.

When using a generator, place it outdoors and follow all manufacturers’ safety precautions.

Check on the elderly who live alone.

Nassau County Non-Emergency Hotline:  1-888-684-4274

Suffolk County Non-Emergency Hotline: 631-852-COPS

PSEG Long Island’s Customer Service line at 1-800-490-0075

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