Downed Tree? Here’s what you need to know #Blizzardof2015

Downed Tree Obstructing a Road

Call your town’s highway department:
Babylon (631) 957-3089
Brookhaven (631) 732-3571
East Hampton (631) 324-0925
Huntington (631) 499-8300
Islip Town Hall (631) 224-6600
Riverhead Town Hall (631) 727-3204
Shelter Island (631) 749-1090
Smithtown (631) 360-7500
Southampton (631) 728-3600
Southold (631) 765-3140

Downed Tree also took down a Power Line

You must call PSEG on 1-800-490-0075 and stay away

Downed Tree took down a Power Line and has caused a Fire

Call 911

Blizzard Warning for NYC and Southern NY State

Blizzard Warning for NYC and Southern NY State (content from Google Alerts via NWS)

Update as of 8:00pm

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Map via Google Alerts

Crippling and potentially historic Blizzard into Tuesday. (See full map with detailed information here.)

Blizzard Warning remains in effect until midnight EST Tuesday night.

  • Locations: New Haven, Middlesex, New London and Southern Fairfield counties in Connecticut. Hudson, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex and Eastern Union counties in New Jersey. Southern Westchester, New York (Manhattan), Bronx, Richmond (Staten Island), Kings (Brooklyn), Suffolk, Queens and Nassau counties in New York.
  • Hazard types: Heavy snow and blowing snow, with blizzard conditions.
  • Accumulations: 20 to 30 inches with locally higher amounts. Especially across Long Island and Connecticut.
  • Snowfall rates, 2 to 4 inches per hour late tonight into Tuesday morning.
  • Winds: north 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. Gusts up to 70 mph possible across extreme eastern Long Island.
  • Visibilities: one quarter mile or less at times.
  • Temperatures: lower to mid 20s.
  • Timing: snow will be heavy at times through Tuesday. The Heaviest snow and strongest winds will be overnight into Tuesday morning.
  • Impacts: Life-threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds, with Whiteout conditions. Many roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.

    A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities 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.

    All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon, to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins, and to allow snow removal equipment to begin to clear roads.

    What is a Blizzard Warning?

    Issued for winter storms with sustained or frequent winds of 35 mph or higher with considerable falling and/or blowing snow that frequently reduces visibility to 1/4 of a mile or less. These conditions are expected to prevail for a minimum of 3 hours.

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Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S.

Heavy snow, strong winds, and blizzard conditions are forecast Monday into earlyWednesday from the NYC metro area up into the Boston metro area, with snow as far south as Washington, D.C.  This storm will likely cause dangerous travel conditions, power outages, and coastal flooding.



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Current Status as of January 25th 2015 4PM EST
Not Activated | Low Level Monitoring and Amplification for Situational Awareness

Next Update: Jan 25th 2015 8PM

NY VOST Team Credits


16:00 January 2nd 2014 – 16:00 January 3rd 2014

NY VOST Team Lead

Shadow Team Lead


With Thanks to


Major Flood Damage and Mold: How to Make Repairs Safely and Effectively #Sandy ^jl

Thomas Farley, MD, MPH

Major Flood Damage and Mold: How to Make Repairs Safely and Effectively

Flood-damaged homes from Hurricane Sandy require special attention to address mold. Mold may be a health risk to you, your family and anyone cleaning up and removing debris.

Recognize the Problem

  •  Flood-damaged homes may already have extensive mold growth. Mold needs water and a food source to grow. It comes in many different colors, may look furry, slimy or powdery, and often smells musty, stale or earthy. The type of mold does not affect how it should be cleaned.
  • Mold can grow on ceiling tiles, wood products, paint, wallpaper, carpeting, sheetrock, clothing, furniture and other materials. Aside from obvious areas where mold is visible, inspect hidden areas for discoloration, mold growth and odors, such as crawl spaces, attics, and behind wallboards or paneling. Also inspect carpet backing and padding, wallpaper, moldings (e.g., baseboards) and insulation.
  • Check your home’s exterior and under/behind siding for damage and wetness. You may have to remove the siding to allow the structure to dry out thoroughly.

Remove and Clean Damaged Building Materials

  • Remove moldy materials right away. Never fog or spray to clean up.
  • Dry out affected areas as soon as possible. Open windows, use fans if available, and remove and discard porous building materials that got wet.
  • Discard or thoroughly clean and dry water-damaged items such as rugs, furniture or clothing with detergent and water.
  • In general, discard damaged or porous building materials, including ceiling tiles, wall paneling and drywall/sheetrock. Remove wallboard at least 6 inches above the watermark along with any insulation that soaked up water or is visibly damaged or soiled.
  • Remove and discard wet wall insulation. Other insulation, such as that around old pipes and boilers, may contain asbestos. If you’re not sure if the damaged insulation contains asbestos, contact a licensed asbestos contractor. Do not remove it yourself.
  • Clean moldy, non-porous materials, such as metal, glass, and hard plastic, with water and detergent such as liquid dish detergent. Wood, furniture, concrete and other semi-porous or porous materials can be cleaned if they were not damaged and are structurally sound. Do not use full-strength bleach or mix bleach with other cleaning products. Only use diluted bleach (1-cup household bleach added to 2 gallons of water) on areas that require disinfecting.
  • Leave walls open until they dry out to prevent sealing in moisture. Do not replace walls, siding, tiles, sheetrock or other items until all building materials, such as insulation and internal wall framework, are completely dry and clean.
  • Put discarded material in sealed plastic bags and throw away with the regular trash.
  • After the repairs are done, all areas should be left dry and visibly free of mold, dust an debris. Damp areas, bubbling or peeling paint, recurring mold growth or musty odors may indicate a persistent problem.

Safety Precautions

  • Open windows and doors to air out the area as much as possible. Dust, mold and using strong cleaning products can irritate eyes, throat and lungs.
  • Keep children and pets away from areas you’re cleaning.
  • Wear an N-95 respirator and safety glasses or goggles if cleaning will produce dust. N-95s fit the face and nose and provide better protection. Wear rubber gloves and head protection.
  • Clean with detergent (e.g., dish detergent) and water. Do not use full-strength bleach or mix with other cleaning products, like ammonia. Only use diluted bleach on areas that need to be disinfected.
  • If your home has extensive damage, consider hiring a professional to clean up and repair your home
  • Do not run any electrical equipment or appliances near standing water or on wet materials. Wash your hands often with soap and water – especially before eating or drinking.
  • Clean or gently mist dry surfaces with a dilute detergent solution before removing sheetrock or other building materials to minimize dust. If available, use HEPA (highefficiency particulate air) vacuum-shrouded tools or a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

Contact your insurance provider

  • If you are applying for disaster assistance or filing an insurance claim, take photos of all damage before cleaning up and keep receipts of all repairs. For more information about submitting a claim, contact your insurance provider.
  • Contact the New York State Insurance Department, Consumer Services Bureau if you have complaints about your insurance provider: 800-342-3736.

For more information or help, visit a NYC Restoration Center near you or call 311.

Flood Cleanup and the Air in Your Home

Flood water can make the air in your home unhealthy. This is because when things get wet for more than 2 days they usually get moldy. There may also be germs and bugs in your home after a flood.

What to wear when cleaning:

  • A N-95 respirator (found at Hardware stores)
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Long pants, longsleeved shirt, and
  • boots or work shoes

Clean and dry your house and everything in it.
Clean and dry hard surfaces. Throw away anything that was wet with flood water and can’t be cleaned.

Use portable generators OUTSIDE and far away from the building.
The exhaust, or fumes, from a portable generator could kill you in minutes if you
breathe it in!

NYVOST Team Credits


November 6th 2012 – November 8th 2012

NYVOST Team Lead Incident Commander

Shadow Team Lead Incident Commander

Team Lead


Surge Support by NZ VOST, New Zealand 

With Thanks to
WgtnVOST Trainees, Wellington Region Emergency Management, New Zealand

NY VOST Team Credits


October 25th 2012 to November 5th 2012

NYVOST Team Lead Incident Commander

Shadow Team Lead Incident Commander

Team Leads

Team Lead Overnight Shift


Surge Support by Humanity Road

With Thanks to

NYVOST Update: Nor’Easter

NYVOST  (New York Virtual Operations Support Team) would like to announce that its operations in support of the East Coast  Nor’Easter  which impacted the region yesterday have now concluded.  NYVOST activated to support the social media communications activities of Suffolk County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services’ (Suffolk County FRES).  Activities included monitoring and responding to social media activity, proactively disseminating key data and helping Suffolk County FRES with critical information missions.  The Nor’easter activation followed closely on the heels of NYVOST‘s recent activation for Hurricane Sandy.

According to NYVOST Team Leader Joanna Lane, “NYVOST remains ever vigilant and available to assist Suffolk County in effectively navigating the social media maze to reach crucial populaces with relevant and vetted information during emergency situations, bridging social media and emergency management.”

NYVOST would like to thank the many Facebook, Twitter and other social media participants who helped NYVOST and Suffolk County FRES deliver important and much-needed information to the residents and businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy and this Nor’easter.

You can stay abreast of the latest emergency management information in the area by following these social media accounts:

Suffolk County FRES Twitter:
Suffolk County FRES Facebook: County FRES
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Twitter: @SuffExecBellone
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Facebook:

The NY VOST Team

NYVOST Twitter:
NYVOST Facebook:

NYVOST activated 11/7 9AM in support of @SuffolkCoFRES and the people of Suffolk County #NY #Suffolk #NYwx #Noreaster ^jl

NY VOST Scaling Up in support of Suffolk County FRES for the Nor’Easter

From 9AM EST, Wednesday November 7th, we will begin live engagement on social media, supporting Suffolk County FRES (Fire Rescue and Emergency Services). Please follow and share these accounts:

NYVOST Twitter:
NYVOST Facebook:

Suffolk County FRES Twitter:
Suffolk County FRES Facebook: County FRES

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Twitter: @SuffExecBellone
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Facebook:

For additional sources of information, subscribe to our #Sandy / #Noreaster RT Twitter list.

Joanna Lane
NY VOST Team Leader