Posts Tagged ‘311’

Safety Tips for Today’s Blizzard

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

By Alice Kenny

As Winter Storm Juno cripples commerce and paralyzes traffic, Catholic Charities urges you to:

  • Stay home
  • Stay in
  • Stay safe
  • And watch out for your neighbors

Catholic Charities echoes the warnings of NY State Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio who declared a state of emergency throughout the New York Archdiocese including New York City, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties.

They closed commuter rail lines and forbid driving on roads.

Meanwhile, outreach workers are fanning out to bring into shelter anyone exposed to the storm.

  • Help by calling 311 if you spot someone in need
  • Call 911 if you are in immediate danger
  • Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors
  • Help those who need special assistance, including seniors and persons with disabilities

Click for the latest on subways, trains, buses, roads and rail lines.

Click for severe weather updates.

Heat Wave Hits New York City

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

During the afternoon hours, temperatures could actually exceed the 100-degree mark at some point between Thursday and Saturday, reports Michael Walsh in today’s Daily News, and the next few days are not expected to be much better.

AccuWeather forecasts that temperatures in the city could reach 97 degrees Thursday, 94 degrees Friday and 92 degrees Saturday. But during the afternoon hours, when the sun is at its highest, the temperature could actually exceed the 100-degree mark.

Everyone is encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and wear light-colored, lightweight clothes. Senior citizens and people with respiratory difficulties are advised to avoid strenuous activities and seek cooler environments. Pets or children should not be left unattended in a car at any point.

“Make sure you drink lots of fluids. You can get dehydrated quickly, even if you’re not exercising,” said Tod Bania, an emergency medical doctor at St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospitals.

Bania encourages people who typically exercise outside to take a few days off. If they absolutely must exercise outdoors, he suggests doing it early in the morning or late in the evening.

Catholic Charities cooling centers at 120 Anderson Avenue in Staten Island along with cooling centers through New York City will remain open through Sunday, 7/21, due to continued high temperatures and heat indices.

For cooling center locations & hours  or for more information on avoiding heat illness, please visit or call 311. For the latest weather information, visit