Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Extreme cold

Good afternoon Just a few brief notes on the impending severe weather. Extreme cold - For the second time this year we are faced with conditions that will result in dangerously cold temperatures in Ulster County. You may recall that we only issue these notices for extended events - an average of 10 degrees or less for a period of at least three days (as measured in Albany). Such a period will be with us for the remainder of the week (with a possible repeat performance next week). Beginning tonight and continuing through Friday, nighttime and early morning wind chills will be dangerously cold and potentially life threatening. During this time it is critically important to check on the elderly and other fragile populations (including household pets). These temperatures can lead to frozen pipes and water mains, and unfortunately a spike in fires and carbon monoxide incidents. Please be sure to use auxiliary heating equipment safely, and ensure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries. If you must go out doors, dress in layers carefully covering all exposed skin, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and limit unusual exertion (like shoveling snow). If you must travel, ensure you have an emergency kit in your car. Unless there is an extraordinary event such as an extended power failure or gas service interruption, the County will not be requesting additional shelters be opened. The human needs community has a network of shelters available for their known clients. Snowstorm - the afternoon and overnight snow storm is a minor event and should drop more snow the farther south you go. This is a minimal hazard compared to the extreme cold. . Unless something changes, there will be no further updates. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to call the office at 331-7000.