Blizzard warning: New York to activate Emergency Operations Center as storm nears

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said  the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be be activated at noon Friday as the blizzard approaches.

“As a major winter storm approaches New York State, I have activated the Emergency Operations Center effective noon tomorrow to coordinate response efforts using all state and local resources,” Governor Cuomo said in a statements. ”

Here are blizzard safety tips as issued by the governor’s office:

  • · Never follow a snowplow too closely or attempt to pass one. Remember that the highway ahead of the plow is usually snow-covered;
    · Adjust speed for road conditions and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles;
    · Schedule extra time for winter travel and be patient during ice and snow removal operations;
    · Assume that bridge surfaces are slippery, as they freeze more quickly than road surfaces;
    · Watch for black ice, which can be difficult to see but makes conditions slippery when pavement temperatures are below freezing;
    · Have a cell phone handy, if possible, but do not text while driving; distracted driving is illegal and becomes even more dangerous during storm events;
    · Never venture from your vehicle if snowbound;
    · Equip your car with emergency supplies including sand, shovel, flares, booster cables, rope, ice scraper, portable radio, flashlight, blankets and extra warm clothes;
    · Inform a responsible person of your destination, intended route, and estimated time of arrival; and
  •   Travelers are encouraged to check conditions before venturing out by accessing NYSDOT’s free 511NY traffic and travel information system, which provides real-time travel information, by calling 511 or visiting www.511NY.org. The website features a winter travel advisory system, with real-time travel reports and a color-coded map indicating which state roads are snow covered, ice covered, wet, dry, or closed to help drivers determine if travel is advisable. The system provides real-time snow and ice conditions for interstates and other heavily traveled roads, as reported by snowplow operators.