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Be prepared for winter weather

Now is the time to prepare your home and family for severe winter weather, which could include potential power outages, being snowed in at home and other inconveniences caused by vast amounts of snow and ice. Read our tips for managing heavy snow falls and cold temperatures. The National Weather Service also has information on winter weather preparedness.

Hurricanes season officially ends Nov. 30
Don't be fooled. Summer is over, but severe weather can still hit this area in October and November. If you are in an area susceptible to hurricane disaster, remember to review your family's evacuation plans and update your "Go Bag." The elderly and others with special needs may require special assistance. Be sure you have planned ahead for them too. High winds and torrential rains can create havoc, so be prepared and follow simple precautions when severe weather hits.

Sign-up for online alerts
Westchester County can also notify you in case of a major emergency. Sign up to receive emergency notification by e-mail or cell phone.

Special Needs Registry
If you, or someone you know, might require additional assistance to leave home during an emergency, consider registering with the Special Needs Registry. The registry is for individuals with physical or mental disabilities who live on their own. The database will be shared with local municipalities to use in their emergency planning efforts.

This hospital listing provides a convenient list of phone numbers and links to local hospitals in order to keep your family safe.

Fire safety
While we should be aware of how to prevent fires of all kinds, the leading cause of house fires in the U.S. is cooking fires. They predominantly start when cooking food is left unattended. So when cooking, it's better to minimize any distractions. The rule of thumb is to always "watch what you heat," and it's best to keep pots and pans covered whenever possible.

Another cause of house fires are unextinguished embers in fireplaces. While a burning fire in the fireplace creates a homey and warm atmosphere during the holidays, take steps to ensure your family's safety by properly extinguishing and handling any remaining embers.

If a fire does occur, be sure you know what to do.

Of course, keeping Westchester safe requires the cooperative efforts of several departments, including Public Safety, Emergency Services, Correction and Probation. Whether it's severe weather or Indian Point, government officials have developed plans and practices to deal with emergencies.

Children
The county has adopted the Code Adam child-finding system in all of its parks and county facilities. The county has also been at the forefront of efforts to fight bullying in general and cyberbullying in particular. Other programs are aimed at stopping drunk-driving and underage drinking.

Remember: If you have a life-threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1