Stay safe during winter weather events by preparing in advance, paying attention to local weather forecasts, and following these safety tips.
In the event of a winter storm, you may lose heat, power, telephone service, and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day. Have the following available:
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
- Extra non-perishable snacks and bottled water
- Extra prescription medicine
- Baby items such as diapers and formula
- First-aid supplies
- Extra pet food and warm shelter for pets
- Be sure to have sufficient heating fuel as it may be days before fuel carriers are able to make deliveries after a winter storm.
- To prevent a fire, make sure that emergency heat sources such as a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater are properly ventilated.
- Never heat your home using a gas stovetop or oven.
- Have working fire extinguishers and smoke alarms; test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work properly.
- To prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, never run a generator in an enclosed space, and at least 20 feet away from windows, doors, and attached garages.
- Have a working carbon monoxide detector installed on every level of your home.
- Dress in layers of warm clothing and limit time spent outside in the cold to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
- People exposed to extreme cold are susceptible to frostbite in a matter of minutes. Areas most prone to frostbite are uncovered skin and the extremities, such as hands and feet.
- Hypothermia is another threat during extreme cold. Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce.
- Stock up and apply ice melt early and often to prevent ice formation on walkways and driveways, and the potential for hazardous situations.
- Reduce the risk of heart attack by avoiding overexertion when shoveling snow.
- Fill your vehicle's gas tank before a winter storm arrives.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit for your car including blankets, bottled water, non-perishable snacks, a flashlight, sand, and jumper cables.
- Limit travel on hazardous roadways.
- If you must travel, be sure to clear your vehicle of ice or snow before driving.
- If your car gets stuck during a storm, stay in the vehicle.
- When driving, watch for black ice or potholes.
Important Contact Information
- Hempstead Town utilizes the Swift911 Emergency Notification System to send residents emergency notifications for weather emergencies, natural disasters, or flooding. Update your contact preferences at hempsteadny.gov/198/Swift911-Emergency-Notification.
- Check the town website hempsteadny.gov for program, transportation, and meeting cancellations. Use the “Alert Sign Up” button on our home page or visit hempsteadny.gov/notifyme to sign up to receive important email notifications.
- Visit hempsteadny.gov/197/Storm-Response-Information for a roadway jurisdiction map and contact details for roads maintained by the state, county, and villages.
- Use our Storm Response Form at hempsteadtown.com/storm to notify us of hazardous town roadway conditions.
- Report potholes on town roadways to our Highway Department by calling (516) 489-5000, ext. 3471.
- Report a gas emergency immediately by calling National Grid Long Island at (800) 490-0045 or 911.
- Report an electrical outage or downed wires at PSEGLINY.com, (800) 490-0075, or text OUT to PSEGLI (773454).
- The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) aids income-eligible households with home heating needs. Contact the Nassau County Department of Social Services at (516) 227-8519 for details.
- Residents of rental apartments may contact the Nassau County Health Department at (516) 227-9715 for heat complaints.