Fellow residents -
The incoming storm is set to dump some snow on us, but as we have learned, it is the wind that is to be feared. With gusts potentially over 50 mph tonight, we could be in for a long evening.
* If it comes to downed lines, avoid them - small or large, they can all be energized and deadly. Well-trod advice worth repeating. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
* Call the downed lines or outages into 800-75-CONED or by computer/mobile device www.coned.com/ReportOutage. When reporting an outage, it would be helpful if you had your Con Edison account number available, if possible, and tell them whether your neighbors also have lost power. Depending on the severity of storm damage, Con Ed will give priority to restoring service lines that will provide power to the most customers as quickly as possible, then move on to restore smaller groups and individual customers who are without power.
* If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
* Report downed wires or trees that have either struck a house or car or block a street to our Police Department immediately (914-478-2344), or any other real emergency that affects health or public safety. Please do NOT call the Police if your power goes out, or for requests on status of outages.
* If you can get your car off the street, please do so.
* Make sure the batteries, lanterns, flashlights and battery-powered radios are easy at hand.
* The storm picks up in the afternoon. Sometime after 3PM the conditions are going to be even more hazardous. Don't drive, please. And once the wind picks up, the limbs can come down, so don't go out, period. Wind gusts may exceed 50mph later today and tonight. If you have trees that could do your house (and therefore anyone in an upper floor) damage, you may want to consider sleeping downstairs.
* And when it come times to dig out tomorrow, don't forget sidewalks along your property and hydrants. And don't blow or shovel the snow into the street.
Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. The sledding, if anything, should be good tomorrow.