As youare no doubt aware, a storm of significant size is approaching our area -- at this point it looks as if it will hit our area sometime Monday evening. At 7.p.m. tonight the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will begin to orderly suspend of all subway, bus and commuter railroad service including the Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road. People should stay off the roads as much as possible. Conditions may become dangerous, and any traffic would impede our emergency services.
All NYC Schools and Libraries are closed tomorrow.
If you are on Twitter, Mayor Mike Bloomberg's feed is a good one to follow to get updates on what's open and what's closed -- click here for Mike Bloomberg on Twitter. For more local information you should also follow The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association, the WRBA's Alex Blenkinsopp, and ProjectWoodhaven.
Remember - if you are a Block Captain we will be reaching out to you for reports on conditions on your block. Does your block have a captain? Click here to see the latest map.
Should a tree (or branch) come down, blocking your street -- CALL 311 -- make sure you write down the complaint number -- then report it to the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 718-296-3735. Do not report it to the WRBA without calling 311 first.
Do not underestimate this storm - use today to ensure that you are prepared. Take a few moments to tour your front and back yards - as we are expecting high winds, please make sure that any loose items are stored away. Make sure your gas tank is full. Make sure your cell phones remain on charge. Make sure you have ample working batteries for flashlights, radios, etc. Be prepared for the worst - be prepared to be without electricity and/or water for a few days.
(Click here for some ideas on items you make need to stock up on.)
Take a few moments to review where all your important papers are -- make sure your insurance forms as safe and easily located.
Should utility lines fall DO NOT TOUCH THEM. Even if the line is for another utility (cable or phone) the line could be charged with electricity due to a problem elsewhere in the system. TREAT EVERY UTILITY LINE AS IF IT WERE LIVE. If you observe a downed utility line call 311.
For additional information and tips regarding power, visit National Grid's Hurricane Sandy Page.
If you have an elderly neighbor please do take a few moments to check in on them and make sure they are okay.
What To Do In High Winds - Some Dos and Don'ts in the event you are caught outside in high winds.
Wind and Water Protection - Some tips on protecting you and your family from wind and water damage.
Protecting Your Pets - Some tips on protecting your pets during an emergency.
Do not take any unnecessary chances -- be careful -- stay safe.