CUOMO ACTIVATES STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER BEFORE STORM

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State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor
For Immediate Release: February 7, 2013 
GOVERNOR CUOMO ACTIVATES STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IN ADVANCE OF MAJOR 
WINTER STORM 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that in anticipation of a major winter 
storm set to hit most parts of New York State tomorrow and Saturday, the State 
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated at 12:00 PM Friday to 
monitor the storm and coordinate response efforts. 
“As a major winter storm approaches New York State, I have activated the 
Emergency Operations Center effective noon tomorrow to coordinate response 
efforts using all state and local resources," Governor Cuomo said. "I urge New 
Yorkers to closely watch local news reports for weather updates and adjust 
their travel plans accordingly, including avoiding non-essential travel during 
and directly after the storm since roads will be icy with blizzard conditions 
in some places.” 
Beginning Friday morning and lasting through Saturday afternoon, significant 
snow and wind are forecasted to affect the metro-New York City and Long Island 
areas, as well the Hudson Valley. New Yorkers could see potentially significant 
and prolonged transportation disruptions, power outages and other impacts. The 
greatest concern for the Long Island area is the possibility for high winds. 
Gusts of up to 50 mph are expected, which could cause downed power lines, power 
outages, downed trees, beach erosion, battering waves, and coastal flooding. 
Minor widespread coastal flooding with local, moderate coastal flooding is also 
expected. 
Representatives from state agencies will be present at the State EOC to 
coordinate storm response efforts, including Office of Emergency Management, 
Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Fire Prevention and 
Control, Office of General Services, Department of Health, Division of Military 
and Naval Affairs, Public Service Commission, National Grid, Division of State 
Police, Thruway Authority, Department of Transportation and the American Red 
Cross. 
New York City, and Nassau and Suffolk counties report that they will activate 
their respective Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) on Friday; counties in the 
Hudson Valley, Catskill, Capital District, and Northern New York regions 
continue to monitor the storm. 
The Governor advises drivers to take extra caution and only travel when 
necessary during the storm. Some of the most important tips for safe winter 
driving include: 
· Never follow a snowplow too closely or attempt to pass one. Remember that the 
highway ahead of the plow is usually snow-covered; 
· Adjust speed for road conditions and maintain a safe distance from other 
vehicles; 
· Schedule extra time for winter travel and be patient during ice and snow 
removal operations; 
· Assume that bridge surfaces are slippery, as they freeze more quickly than 
road surfaces; 
· Watch for black ice, which can be difficult to see but makes conditions 
slippery when pavement temperatures are below freezing; 
· Have a cell phone handy, if possible, but do not text while driving; 
distracted driving is illegal and becomes even more dangerous during storm 
events; 
· Never venture from your vehicle if snowbound; 
· Equip your car with emergency supplies including sand, shovel, flares, 
booster cables, rope, ice scraper, portable radio, flashlight, blankets and 
extra warm clothes; 
· Inform a responsible person of your destination, intended route, and 
estimated time of arrival; and 
· Keep calm and do not panic in case of a vehicle breakdown, accident, or if 
you become snowbound. 
The State has taken the following steps to ensure readiness: 
Power: 
· National Grid: The Governor’s office has been communicating to National Grid 
that they need to be ready with advance preparations and response plans. 
Earlier today National Grid announced that it is taking a series of advance 
steps to prepare for an incoming storm and the outages it may cause on Long 
Island, including securing hundreds of extra work crews, adding Call Center 
personnel and arranging schedules to allow extended coverage, and preparing all 
restoration equipment and inventories and pre-stocking strategic locations 
across the Island with wires, transformers, and additional restoration 
equipment. 
· Public Service Commission: PSC Chairman Garry Brown has contacted the CEOs of 
all the major utilities to confirm storm preparation efforts. National Grid's 
gas operations (Long Island and New York City) are preparing for potential 
coastal impacts.
· The New York Power Authority: NYPA’s statewide generation and transmission 
facilities are fully prepared for the forecast winter storm. All the required 
resources, including personnel, equipment and vehicles, have been put in place 
and are available to be called upon. NYPA will coordinate with state and local 
emergency management agencies, as necessary. Specific preparatory actions at 
the various NYPA facilities include: 
o Extra personnel on shift during the storm
o Snow removal equipment fueled up, tested and ready to be utilized
o Emergency generators fueled and ready
o Supplies of diesel fuel and gasoline available at sites
o NYPA line crews are prepared for dispatch  
Thruway Authority: 
· All equipment has been prepared for the storm including: 197 seven-ton snow 
plows, 142 medium-duty snow plows, 53 front end loaders, three large truck 
mounted snow blowers and one large front end loader mounted snow blower 
· 105,989 tons of salt on hand 
· Approximately 600 maintenance staff dedicated to snow and ice operations 
· All 21 Highway Maintenance Sections will be fully staffed around the clock 
for the duration of the storm 
· The Authority will be providing staff to support the activation of the State 
Office of Emergency Management 
· Thruway’s Emergency Operations Center is scheduled to be activated jointly 
with State Police Troop T on Friday afternoon 
· Thruway’s Statewide Operations Center will have additional staff to handle 
increased call volume typical of significant weather events 
· Troop T operated ATVs and snowmobiles are prepped 
· Troop T will be adding additional patrols during the storm 
· Due to colder temperatures and sufficient residual salt on the pavement from 
recent storms widespread pavement pretreatment is not required in upstate New 
York. Further south where temperatures are expected to be warmer, approximately 
40 miles of critical ramps along with the Tappan Zee Bridge will be 
pre-treated.  
State Bridge Authority 
· The Bridge Authority has the Bear Mountain, Newford Beacon, Mid-Hudson, 
Kingston-Rhinecliff, and Rip Van Winkle bridges staffed 24-7 until the storm is 
over.
· They expect the bridges to be fully functional throughout the storm, weather 
permitting.
· The Bridge Authority has staged 14 large plow vehicles, 16 small plow 
vehicles, and other loaders and vehicles necessary to maintain continuous 
operations. 
Metropolitan Transportation Authority 
· MTA New York City Transit's Department of Subways is mobilizing its fleet of 
snow and ice-busting equipment designed to keep outdoor tracks and the third 
rail clear of snow and ice during harsh winter weather. The fleet includes 
super-powered snow throwers, 10 jet-powered snow-blowers, and five 
specially-built de-icing cars, all designed to keep service moving. Diesel 
fleet trains are also being made available to clear snow from the right of 
way—while not carrying passengers. Forecasts of accumulating snow may also 
require NYC Transit to shift the storage locations of subway cars indoors. The 
outdoor steps at subway stations will shoveled and salted along with the 
platforms on the outdoor segments of lines.
· The Department of Buses has and is deploying its own fleet of snow fighting 
equipment, including 28 salt-spreading trucks equipped with plows assigned to 
each depot to maintain the flow of buses. They work in cooperation with the 
Department of Sanitation to keep bus routes clear and passable. Buses will be 
equipped when necessary with weather-appropriate tire chains.
· Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road will deploy fleets of snow and 
ice-busting equipment to keep outdoor tracks, third rails and catenary wires 
clear of snow and ice during harsh winter weather. Track switches will be 
treated with antifreeze and switch heaters will be turned on to keep switches 
moving freely so trains can continue to be routed from one track to another. 
Outdoor steps at all commuter rail stations will be pretreated to prevent snow 
and ice build-up and shoveled as necessary. More than 3,000 staff will be on 
call, ready to operate equipment from snow blowers and chainsaws to heavy 
trucks and front-end loaders. Equipment includes jet engines mounted on rail 
cars to blow snow from tracks at high speeds. 
· MTA Bridges & Tunnels is fitting plows onto regular maintenance trucks and 
salt domes are being filled with tons of deicer. The fleet also includes 45 
trucks that have special ground temperature sensors, which provide information 
about roadway conditions on entrance and exit ramps and other areas that are 
not covered by embedded roadway sensors. Above-ground atmospheric sensors are 
also used to help gather real-time information on wind velocity, wind 
direction, humidity and precipitation via wireless communication. In addition, 
the scheduled weekend-long closure at the Queens Midtown Tunnel for post-Sandy 
construction work has been cancelled due to the impending storm. 
In addition, Bridges and Tunnels has on hand: 
o Nearly 7,500 tons of deicer on hand;
o Fleet of 98 snow and ice-fighting vehicles;
o Fleet comprised of vehicles that do double-duty, serving as regular 
maintenance trucks during normal weather and snow plows and conveyors when in 
snow fighting mode;
o Some 45 vehicles equipped with ground temperature sensors that tell personnel 
if the roadway is in danger of freezing. The operator then spreads additional 
deicer where it is needed and;
o MTA crossings also have imbedded roadway sensors and above-ground atmospheric 
sensors that deliver real-time information on wind velocity, wind direction, 
humidity and precipitation. These sensors record data used to determine if 
speed restrictions are necessary to keep the nearly 800,000 vehicles that use 
the MTA’s 7 bridges and 2 tunnels daily. 
o Some 175 additional staff on duty throughout the storm. 
Port Authority 
· The Port Authority is putting steps in place in preparation for the first 
major winter snowstorm of the year. The agency is deploying extra personnel at 
its facilities and assembling snow equipment in advance of the wintry 
conditions expected to hit the region on Friday and into Saturday morning.
· The Port Authority will deploy additional staff at its airports, seaports, 
tunnels, bridges PATH system and bus terminals. Key personnel are already on 
notice to work overnight to monitor conditions at each of the agency’s 
facilities. 
· Preparations for the approaching storm include fueling all vehicles, ensuring 
fully stocked salt supplies, and having snowplows, shovels and other snow 
equipment at the ready. The Port Authority’s winter weather arsenal includes: 
o More than 200 snow and ice equipment at its airports, including melters that 
can liquefy up to 500 tons of snow an hour and plows that can clear snow at 40 
mph;
o Approximately 60 pieces of snow equipment at the bridges and tunnels, 
including 28 trucks equipped with plows and spreaders at the George Washington 
Bridge, the world’s busiest vehicular crossing; 
o More than 2,000 tons of salt and more than 1,500 tons of sand for airport 
roads and parking lots, plus more than 2,000 tons of salt for the bridges and 
tunnels, specifically 500 tons of salt at the George Washington Bridge and 200 
tons at the Holland Tunnel;
o Approximately 300,000 gallons of liquid anti-icer chemicals at the airports, 
which prevent snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways, plus 
approximately 1,700 tons of solid de-icers, which break up snow and ice already 
on the ground;
o Plow-equipped trains, liquid snow-melting agent trains and a “jet engine” 
plow to remove snow from tracks, and snow blowers. Plows and spreaders to clear 
station entrances, roads that serve PATH’s 13 stations, and various support 
facilities; and
o Approximately 1,000 staff members and contractors with years of specialized 
training and professional experience in handling severe winter weather at 
transportation facilities.
· The Port Authority urges travelers to check with their carriers before going 
to the airport or bus terminals to confirm departure times. The agency also may 
impose speed restrictions on its crossings if weather conditions warrant. 
Department of Transportation: 
· NYSDOT has more than 1,270 plow trucks and 1,582 drivers standing by to 
pre-treat roadways with salt brine in advance of the storm and clear snow and 
ice once precipitation begins. 
· NYSDOT also has 366,500 tons of road salt on hand. 
· Travelers are encouraged to check conditions before venturing out by 
accessing NYSDOT’s free 511NY traffic and travel information system, which 
provides real-time travel information, by calling 511 or visiting 
www.511NY.org. The website features a winter travel advisory system, with 
real-time travel reports and a color-coded map indicating which state roads are 
snow covered, ice covered, wet, dry, or closed to help drivers determine if 
travel is advisable. The system provides real-time snow and ice conditions for 
interstates and other heavily traveled roads, as reported by snowplow 
operators. 
State Police  
· The New York State Police have a full complement of troopers and supervisors 
assigned to all shifts in preparation of a winter storm approaching the region. 
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit and Traffic Incident Management team 
members will be used to supplement normal patrol coverage. 
· State Police are working closely and coordinating with local County Emergency 
Operations Centers across the state as needed and are prepared for the 
potential increase in service calls for evacuations and medical emergencies. 
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