Suffolk County Executive Bellone announces preparations for snowstorm on Long Island

Suffolk County Emergency Operations Center Currently in Monitoring Mode 

Winter Storm Warning for Suffolk County – Forecast Expected to Bring Five to Seven Inches of Snow, Heaviest in Western and Central Suffolk

91 Pieces of Highway Snow Removal Equipment and Approximately 17,000 Tons of Salt on Hand

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today provided an update on county actions taken in preparation for the first snow storm of the season.  Suffolk County has 91 pieces of snow removal equipment available, 17,000 tons of salt on hand to clear roadways, and the County Emergency Operations Center has been staffed since early this morning and remains in monitoring mode.

“With the first winter storm upon us, I have directed all county agencies and personnel to ensure we have the appropriate resources and equipment in place to deal with the snowfall,” said County Executive Bellone.  “I urge residents to use caution if driving as we work to clear the roads as quickly as possible.”

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of Suffolk County, with the heaviest snowfall expected in Western and Central Suffolk between five to seven inches.  The storm warning will be in effect through 6:00 AM on Sunday, with the heaviest rate of snowfall likely to occur in the early afternoon at may hit about one inch per hour.  Winds are anticipated to be between 10-15 mph with some possible gusts to around 20 mph.

County Agency Assets
The County Executive has directed agency personnel and resources to be deployed to assist with storm preparation activities.

  • 17 F550s
  • 11 10-Wheel Dump Trucks
  • 30 6-Wheel Dump Trucks
  • Two Hook Trucks
  • Eight Loaders
  • 19 F 250 Pickups
  • Two Skid Loaders
  • Two Skid Steers

Suffolk County Actions
Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services is in communication with representatives from all county departments, as well as New York State Office of Emergency Management, New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Police, PSEG Long Island, Red Cross of Long Island, New York Air National Guard, hospitals in Nassau and Suffolk County, and town emergency management personnel.

Suffolk County Department of Public Works has approximately 17,00 tons of salt on hand in order to clear roadways and provide assistance to local municipalities as needed.  All County Department of Public Works tanks have been topped off with a full supply of gasoline and diesel rule for county equipment.

Suffolk County Parks will remain open today including camping.  At this time, there are no plans to cancel the Smith Point Holiday Lights Show. Due to current weather and course conditions, Indian Island, West Sayville and Timber Point Golf Courses will be closed today.

To stay informed on the progress of the winter storm, residents can sign up for the CodeRED emergency notification system.  This is a high-speed mass notification service that allows Suffolk County emergency managers and public safety officials to deliver customized messages directly to Suffolk County homes and businesses.  The CodeRED system also sends out high-speed emails and text messages to those residents who have enrolled additional contact information.

For more information or sign up for CodeRED, visit here.

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