Monroe Co. Executive urges residents to avoid unnecessary travel over weekend

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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is urging residents to take caution this weekend as a large snowstorm approaches.

Dinolfo is urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel as the storm moves in Saturday afternoon into Sunday.

She expects the heavy snow to create tough driving conditions at times.

Dinolfo adds the warning doesn’t restrict travel, only urges residents to stay off the road.

“Those of us who live and work in Monroe County are no strangers to winter weather, but the blizzard-like conditions we expect here this weekend could make local travel extremely challenging. Therefore I am urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel in Monroe County from noon on Saturday through at least noon on Sunday,” said Dinolfo.

Along with the warning, Dinolfo provided the following tips from the Office of Emergency Management:

1. Remember to keep all heat sources (space heaters) at least three feet away from clothing, furniture and drapes. 
2. Bring pets inside. 
3. Check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors. 
4. Frostbite/Hypothermia can occur in minutes, cover up or stay inside. 
5. Please check the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors, and make sure exterior vents are free of snow and ice. 

Monroe County’s Department of Human Services will conduct “Homeless Street Outreach” to offer homeless individuals rides to shelters. If anyone is in need of shelter or knows someone who is, call the 211 Life Line or dial 911 who can patch in to 211 in order to get assistance. 

During Snowstorms and Extreme Cold 

• Stay indoors during the storm. 
• Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads. 
• People who depend on electricity to operate medical equipment should have alternate arrangements in place in case power is out for an extended period of time. 
• If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. 
• Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss. 
• Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency. 
• Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes. 
• Plan to check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors. 
• Plan to bring pets inside. 

Fire Safety 

• Do not discard your fireplace ashes in a garbage pail or recycling bin, even if you think they’re completely out.   
• The same applies for any smoking materials.  Generally speaking, we see several garage fires each year in Monroe County due to these fire causes. 
• Please keep your fire hydrant visible to responding units by keeping it clear of snow. 
• In the event of fire, close the door behind you. 

Prepare Your Vehicle 

• Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables. 
• Keep enough gas in your tank to ensure you can safely get to and from your intended destination.

News 8 will have special coverage Sunday morning at 8 a.m. and Sunday evening at 5 p.m. of the snowstorm. We will carry that coverage live on-air and online.

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