With winter upon us, be prepared for severe weather.
Here are some safety tips from the county's Department of Emergency Services.
Shovel snow in moderation, particularly if you have any medical condition or you do not exercise regularly.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to clear the sidewalk in front of that property.
Do not shovel snow from driveways and sidewalks into the street.
Most fire hydrants are covered by snow. If you can, please shovel out the snow around hydrants near your property.
Before driving, clear snow from vehicle windows and roofs.
Check on elderly and disabled relatives, neighbors and friends.
Do not walk behind plow vehicles; it is difficult for plow operators to see you.
Be on the look out for falling ice and snow from roofs and gutters.
Do not stand under structures that are not well-supported.
Who to call Please do not call 9-1-1 for non-emergencies such as information or to complain about snow removal issues. You may call United Way's 2-1-1 helpline for non emergencies.
If you have no heat or hot water in rental apartments, call your local building department or, during after hours, the local police.
In light of potential heavy rains or quickly melting snow that could lead to flooding, review and consider these tips too.
Learn the safest route from your home or business to high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry. During major rain storms, many of Westchester's parkways and roadways can become flooded. Be sure to observe flood safety rules; they could save your life.
Develop an emergency plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated. Know what to do and when to do it.