Report by Paula Antolini
March 13, 2017 10:05AM EDT
NWS Issued Blizzard Warning for Bethel, Higher Snow Totals Predicted, 18-24 Inches
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Blizzard Warning for portions of Northern Fairfield, Northern Westchester, Northern New Haven counties and New Jersey, in effect from midnight tonight to midnight EDT Tuesday. A Hazardous Weather Outlook is issued for southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.
Heavy snow and blizzard conditions with snow accumulations 18-24 inches are predicted. Snowfall rates 2-4 inches per hour early Tuesday morning into early Tuesday afternoon starting late tonight through Tuesday evening. Dangerous travel to whiteout conditions at times. Several roads may become impassable. Power outages possible. Winds northeast at 20-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph on Tuesday. Temperatures in the mid-20’s. Visibilities one quarter mile or less at times.
Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:A Blizzard Warning mean severe winter weather conditions are expected or occuring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions …making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel …have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded stay with your vehicle.
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Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or traveler’s checks and change
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit – EFFAK (PDF – 977Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site. (See Publications)
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
In any emergency a family member or you yourself may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.
Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.
- Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex
- Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
- Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Burn ointment
- Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
- Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
- Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
- Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies
- Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
Other first aid supplies:
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Remember the unique needs of your family members, including growing children, when making your emergency supply kit and family emergency plan.
- Powdered milk
- Moist towelettes
- Diaper rash ointment
- Denture needs
- Contact lenses and supplies
- Extra eye glasses
Ask your doctor about storing prescription medications such as heart and high blood pressure medication, insulin and other prescription drugs.
If you live in a cold climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that you will not have heat. Think about your clothing and bedding supplies. Be sure to include one complete change of clothing and shoes per person, including:
- Jacket or coat
- Long pants
- Long sleeve shirt
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service New York NY 418 AM EDT Mon Mar 13 2017 ...Major Winter Storm Late Tonight into Tuesday Evening... Northern Fairfield-Northern New Haven-Eastern Passaic- Western Bergen-Western Essex-Western Union-Rockland- Northern Westchester- 418 AM EDT Mon Mar 13 2017 ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT EDT TUESDAY NIGHT... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Blizzard Warning, which is in effect from midnight tonight to midnight EDT Tuesday night. The Winter Storm Warning is no longer in effect. * Locations...Portions of northeastern New Jersey, Northern Westchester, Northern Fairfield, and Northern New Haven counties. * Hazard Types...Heavy Snow and Blizzard Conditions. * Snow Accumulations...18 to 24 inches. * Snowfall Rates...2 to 4 inches per hour early Tuesday morning into Tuesday afternoon. * Timing...Late Tonight through Tuesday evening. * Impacts...Dangerous travel due to whiteout conditions at times. Several roads may become impassable. Power outages possible. * Winds...Northeast 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph on Tuesday. * Temperatures...In the mid 20s. * Visibilities...One quarter mile or less at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions...making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel...have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded...stay with your vehicle. *****
Hazardous Weather Outlook
Hazardous Weather Outlook National Weather Service New York NY 438 AM EDT Mon Mar 13 2017 Northern Fairfield-Northern New Haven-Northern Middlesex- Northern New London-Eastern Passaic-Western Bergen-Eastern Bergen- Western Essex-Western Union-Rockland-Northern Westchester- 438 AM EDT Mon Mar 13 2017 ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT EDT TUESDAY NIGHT... This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey and southeast New York. .DAY ONE...Today and Tonight. Please listen to NOAA Weather Radio or go to weather.gov on the Internet for more information about the following hazards. Blizzard Warning. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. Please listen to NOAA Weather Radio or go to weather.gov on the Internet for more information about the following hazards. Blizzard Warning. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... Spotter activation is not expected at this time. && This Hazardous Weather Outlook provides a summary of potential widespread hazardous weather events that may reach NWS warning criteria. Most long fused NWS watches...warnings and advisories in effect are highlighted. Please refer to the latest NWS forecasts for weather not meeting NWS warning criteria. *****