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posted Jan 8, 2014, 12:58 PM by Marc Donner

Please heed our bulletin (below) and disseminate widely
Shelly Fine - Team Chief - Upper West Side CERT

New York City is expecting extremely cold temperatures over the next few days.

Temperatures will continue to drop today, 1/6/2014, with overnight temperatures dropping to between 5 and 8 degrees with wind chills of negative 15 degrees.

Tuesday, 1/7/14, will be cold, with a high of 10 degrees and wind chill near negative 10 degrees. Tuesday overnight temperatures could potentially reach a low of 5 degrees with wind chills near negative 10 degrees.

Temperatures will begin to rise on Wednesday with a high in the low to mid 20s with an overnight temperature in the low 20s.


Tips for Staying Warm

Exposure to cold can cause life-threatening health conditions. Avoid serious conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia, by keeping warm.

  • Wear a hat, hood, or scarf, as most heat is lost through the head.
  • Wear layers, as they provide better insulation and warmth.
  • Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside.
  • Keep clothing dry; if a layer becomes wet, remove it.

Seniors, infants, the homeless, and those with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk.  If you know of friends, neighbors, or family members who may be at risk check on them to make sure their heat is working and that they are okay.

What to Do if You Lose Heat or Hot Water at Home

Any New York City tenant without adequate heat or hot water should first speak with the building owner, manager, or superintendent. If the problem is not corrected, tenants should call 311. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will take measures to ensure your heat and hot water is restored.


Improper use of portable heating equipment can lead to fire or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Take precautions to ensure you are heating your home safely.

Fire safety tips: 

  • Use only portable heating equipment that is approved for indoor use.
  • Keep combustible materials, including furniture, drapes, and carpeting at least three feet away from the heat source. NEVER drape clothes over a space heater to dry.
  • Always keep an eye on heating equipment. Never leave children alone in the room where a space heater is running. Turn it off when you are unable to closely monitor it.
  • Be careful not to overload electrical circuits.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke detector in every room. Check and change batteries often.

Source: New York Citizens Corps