Winter Advisory #897, or something like that

Winter Advisory #897, or something like that

Longest…winter…ever…

Notification issued 3/2/15 9:54 PM. 
The New York City Office of Emergency Management today issued a travel advisory for a wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain Tuesday evening March 3, through Wednesday morning March 4, 2015. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for 3:00 PM Tuesday through 2:00 AM Wednesday. Snow will develop late Tuesday afternoon and will mix with or change to sleet and freezing rain Tuesday evening. The wintry mix will then change over to rain late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. The rain will taper off before the Wednesday morningcommute, but untreated roads and walkways are expected to still be slippery. A total of 1-3 inches of snow and a trace of ice is expected with this event. New Yorkers are asked to exercise caution and be prepared for limited visibility and slippery conditions when traveling.
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Wireless Emergency Alert Test

This just in…..

Tomorrow between 10AM-3PM, New York City OEM and the federal government (FEMA) will test the Wireless Emergency Alert System, a new system that allows authorized officials to send alerts to enabled mobile phones.

Depending on the model of your phone and carrier you may receive TEST messages. These messages will look similar to a text message and be accompanied by audible alerts. For more info see attached, or contact your mobile service provider.

You can read more here https://attachments.sendwordnow.com/Attachments.aspx?token=fa6c5b3c-9f48-4774-8998-63134752cb7e

This is going to be interesting!!

Post Hurricane Irene

The advance preparation notices for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, for New Yorkers, were thorough and numerous. Television stations responded with their usual vigor bumping off regular programming to run continuous storm tracking updates. Although I found it exhausting, but I’m sure others enjoyed it for the event that it was.

I tracked all communication about Hurricane Irene through Twitter, and I found updates and links were superlative. I truly hope once the review of the event happens, that no one finds fault in how the Office of Emergency Management – OEM (@NotifyNYC) – and the NYC Mayors office (@NYCMayorsOffice) handled communications and preparation management. I think they did a great job.

Certainly the island of Manhattan experiences events much differently than the rest of New York, but even on this small island, regions of the city felt varying degrees of Irene’s effect.

Lower Manhattan – which sits on reclaimed land – had flooding up to 2 feet. This pic is from the Chinatown area in lower Manhattan.

Contrarily, the Upper West Side experienced a heavy rain shower with only nominal flooding in very low lying areas in Riverside Park.

Today on the UWS it was business as usual. The only evidence of the storm were a few fallen branches and the NY Parks department was already busy turning them into wood chips. 

It was an exciting 48 hours that leaves me with the question…’now what?’