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Posted on: January 29, 2022

[ARCHIVED] BLIZZARD WARNING

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BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7PM TODAY

According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard warning will remain in effect until about 7pm this evening. Additional snow accumulations between nine to twelve inches with winds gusting as high as 55 mph are expected. The blizzard is likely to cause whiteout conditions at times. Please do not travel unless it is an emergency. Driving will be difficult to impossible. Heavy wind gusts can bring trees and large branches down, causing hazardous conditions on the roadways. Highway crews are also working on keeping roads clear and snow free. Traveling during the blizzard creates difficult conditions to plow in addition to dangerous conditions caused by the storm.

Residents can stay informed about the storm and get up to the minute updates via the Town of Smithtown Mobile App, which is free to download on Google Play and the App Store.


Smithtown’s highway fleet began work yesterday afternoon applying a beet juice brine to the roads and sidewalks to prevent icing. Highway crews along with support crews from Parks, MSF, Traffic Safety and private contractors, worked through the night and will continue clearing the roads for the duration of the storm. As a reminder, please keep all vehicles off the curbside as plows clear the residential areas. The Town of Smithtown Highway Department has been well stocked with salt, and fuel to handle the volume of work expected as a result of the blizzard. Additionally, maintenance crews have been called in to handle any repairs so that plows and spreaders can get back out on the road without delay.


The Town of Smithtown has compiled a list of tips, resources and information regarding the storm, the cleanup process, reporting power outages and the proper contact information for those in need of further assistance. 


Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety has activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and is coordinating efforts with Suffolk County and PSEG in the event of power outages. Public Safety is urging residents to stay off of the roads, which lessens the potential for accidents. Use extreme caution and if you must travel, please do so with a winter survival kit. In the event, you become stranded, stay with your vehicle and call authorities. All non life-threatening calls can be directed to the department of public safety by calling  (631) 360-7553.  


Post Storm Safety: When plowing driveways please be cognizant not to block fire hydrants with snow mounds. Public Safety Fire Marshals ask that residents using generators be cognizant to place the exhaust facing outwards and at least 20’ away from a building. This can protect loved ones from CO poisoning and can prevent fires caused by generators incorrectly positioned. 


Power Outages - PSEG Information: View PSEG Long Island’s outage map Click Here

To report and receive status updates on an outage Text OUT to PSEGLI (773454) or to report an outage online visit www.psegliny.com

To register, have your account number available and text REG to PSEGLI (773454)

Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything contacting the wire. To report a downed wire, call PSEG Long Island’s 24-hour Electric Service number: 1-800-490-0075.


Road Preparations and Snow Cleanup: 

Superintendent of Highways, Robert Murphy reports that the full fleet has been deployed for the duration of the storm. As a reminder, please remove any waste bins, brush or leaf bags from the curbside and park vehicles in driveways so the roads can be plowed efficiently during and after snow accumulation. This also prevents damage to curb cuts, mailboxes and driveways.  

To report icing, and other issues related to conditions along the roads, please contact the highway department at (631) 360-7500. 


Elderly Neighbors & Special Needs individuals: Please check on your neighbors with disabilities, special needs or senior citizens. Make sure they have an emergency phone, plenty of water, food and blankets. Ask if they have someone to call in the event of an emergency. If further intervention is required please contact the Office for People with Disabilities at (631) 360-7642.


Animals & Family Pets: All animals should remain indoors during the freezing temperatures, with the exception of allowing dogs to venture out briefly to go to the bathroom. Make sure to check the yard for broken fences or open gates and if possible keep an eye on your pets while outdoors to avoid escape, and injuries. 

Please Note: It is against the law to leave pets outside in freezing conditions such as these. Farm animals should be sheltered indoors for the duration of this storm. To report animals in distress, strays or other loose domestic or wild animals please call (631) 360-7575.


USEFUL NUMBERS: Click To Download and print a list of useful phone numbers.

Stranded Vehicles: If there is an emergency, please dial 9-11 immediately. All non life-threatening calls can be directed to the Department of Public Safety by calling 631-360-7553 

Report Power Outages to PSEG: Text OUT to PSEGLI (773454), report it online at MyAccount.psegliny.com, through the PSEG app, or call 1-800-490-0075


Report Gas Outages or Emergencies: If you smell gas anywhere, including in your home, go outside and call National Grid 24 hour hotline at 1-800-490-0045 or dial 911 immediately.


LIRR Commuter Travel Information: For information regarding delays or travel questions, contact the LIRR 24 hour travel information center at 718-217-5477


Suffolk 311: Suffolk County 311 is a central call center available to residents who do not know which number to call for any non-emergency. Residents can reach the 311 line Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or leave messages after hours. 

Elderly Neighbors & Special Needs individuals: For assistance with elderly or special needs individuals, contact the Office for People with Disabilities at (631) 360-7642

Animals & Family Pets: To report animals in distress, strays or other loose domestic or wild animals please call (631) 360-7575 

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