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Emergency Preparation in Tompkins County, New York


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Disaster and emergency information will broadcast from these local radio stations:

  • 870AM WHCU
  • 97.3FM WYXL
  • 91.7FM WICB

You may also be able to get information from a regional all-news channel such as YourNewsNow.

For the most up-to-date information on weather conditions, listen to a NOAA weather radio.

Today's Safety Tip:

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a silent, deadly killer claiming about 1,000 lives each year in the United States. Such common items as automotive exhaust, home heating systems and obstructed chimneys can produce the colorless, odorless gas.

The gas can also be produced by poorly vented generators, kerosene heaters, gas grills and other items used for cooking and heating when used improperly during the winter months.

  • NEVER run generators indoors. Open a window slightly when using a kerosene heater.

  • NEVER use charcoal to cook indoors.

  • NEVER use a gas oven to heat your home.

    Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include sleepiness, headaches and dizziness. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, ventilate the area and get to a hospital.


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    Safe Driving in Winter | 12/6/2012

    The leading cause of death and injuries during winter storms is transportation accidents.

  • Before starting your trip, check the weather forecast.

  • Start your vehicle and allow it to warm up.

  • Before getting behind the wheel this winter season, every driver could learn a lesson from our school bus drivers. Clean all of the snow and ice from the entire vehicle. Ensure the windshield is clear of frost. Don't start to drive if you only have a small area of the windshield clear. Good vision is a key to good driving.

  • Plan your stops and keep more distance between cars. Be extra alert. Remember, snowdrifts can hide smaller children. Moreover, always match your speed to the road and weather conditions.

  • Leave plenty of time to arrive at work or appointments without having to rush.

  • When driving on snow or ice, remember the following:
  • Slow Down! Adjust your speed to the existing conditions.

  • Increase the following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

  • Watch out for other drivers and scan the road ahead.

  • Slow down prior to making a turn.

  • Do not slam on the brakes.

  • Do not use the cruise control.

  • Steer smoothly without jerking the wheel.

  • ALWAYS wear your seat belt.

  • For more winter weather safety tips, visit the NY-Alert link below.

    Sign up for NY-Alert!  NY-Alert is New York State's All-Hazards Alert and Notification System.  It's free!  You can receive emergency information such as road closures and weather alerts.  You choose the way you receive the information:  Cell phone, E-mail, Text Message (SMS), Fax, RSS.

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