Winter storm preparation: What LIers need to know

Heavy snow falls as vehicles head eastbound on

Heavy snow falls as vehicles head eastbound on the LIE between exits 63-64 in Farmingville. (Dec. 10, 2013) (Credit: James Carbone)

Here are a few helpful websites and tips for dealing with the snow.

*FORECAST: Get the latest weather forecast.

*TRAVEL: See the latest traffic and LIRR delays.

*AIRPORTS: Check out delays at airports in the region.

*CLOSINGS: Find out what’s closed.

*SHARE: Send in your photos and videos. Share your tweets, Instagram and Twitter photos using #LIsnow.

* STAYING WARM: If the power goes out, it’s important to know how to stay warm. Gather together. A crowded room becomes warmer than one with just a few people inside. Close doors to all but essential rooms. Open curtains and shades to let the sun's warmth in, then close them at dusk. Wear extra, loose layers of clothing and a head cover, and use layers of blankets on beds. Do not use electrical generators inside, prop open the oven door or keep oven burners on.

*SNOW SHOVELING TIPS: Wear breathable layers, and avoid heavy woolen clothing, manmade materials or other materials that don’t allow perspiration to evaporate. Push, don’t lift. If you push the snow to the side rather than trying to lift the snow to remove it, you exert less energy thereby placing less stress on your body. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated. Pay attention to your surroundings. When shoveling snow near streets, be aware that vehicles may not have good traction in the snow and ice.

* KEEP PIPES FROM FREEZING: The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office reminds residents to keep faucets running on a slow drip if there is any danger of your water pipes freezing. The most vulnerable pipes are those that run through unheated crawl spaces or unprotected areas of the home.

* CLEAR HYDRANTS FOR FIREFIGHTERS: Water utility New York American Water asks homeowners and local businesses to take a few minutes to make sure they keep areas surrounding fire hydrants clear so firefighters can connect their equipment without delays.

*KEEP PETS SAFE: Be alert to frostbite: Skin can turn red, gray, white or scaly. If you believe your pet has frostbite, contact your veterinarian immediately. Always keep ID tags on your pets in the event they should get lost during the storm. Be sure to walk your dog on a leash and minimize exposure time, also taking care to keep all of your pets clean and wiped down after going outside (road salt can irritate or burn pets and can sometimes cause more serious conditions like seizures). If in doubt, be sure to keep your pets indoors throughout the duration of the storm.

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