8 Frigid-Weather Safety Tips

 

As we are now experiencing frigid temperatures, Victory State Bank, Staten Island’s only community-based business bank, is asking our friends and neighbors to follow the advice of Mayor Bill de Blasio: Stay warm and call 311 to help anyone at risk, especially those living on the street.

After weeks of unusually high temperatures, the winter weather that is now settling in has triggered a city-wide Code Blue Warning. A Code Blue Warning is triggered when temperatures reach 32 degrees or lower and requires shelter access to anyone in need of assistance.

During a Code Blue, the Department of Homeless Services and the New York City Police Department focus on clients on their vulnerable lists and work to contact them once every four hours to give them proper assistance. In conjunction, the recently implemented HOME-STAT effort will further the city's outreach to protect homeless individuals from the frigid weather. 

New Yorkers should call 911 if they see someone needing medical assistance, and 311 to have a HOME-STAT outreach team engage a homeless individual about going to a shelter and receiving homelessness services.

A Code Blue Weather Emergency includes the following options for the homeless:

  • Shelters: During a Code Blue, homeless adults can access any shelter location for single individuals. Beds are available system-wide to accommodate anyone brought in by outreach teams or walk-ins.
  • Drop-in centers: All drop-in centers are open 24 hours a day when Code Blue procedures are in effect, taking in as many as people as possible for the duration of inclement weather. Drop-in staff also can make arrangements for homeless individuals at other citywide facilities.
  • Safe havens and stabilization beds: Chronically homeless individuals may be transported to these low-threshold housing options, where they may go directly from the street to a bed.

New Yorkers are also encouraged to take the following eight steps during cold weather:

1)       When outdoors, wear warm clothing and cover exposed skin. Use multiple layers to maintain warmth.

2)       Wear a hat, hood, or scarf, as most heat is lost through the head.

3)       Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside.

4)       Report any loss of heat or hot water to property managers immediately, and call 311.

5)       If homes lack heat, get to a warm place, if possible, and wear extra layers of dry, loose-fitting clothing, hats and gloves to help stay warm.

6)       Never use a gas stove to heat your home.

7)       Never use a kerosene or propane space heater, charcoal or gas grill, or generator indoors or near the home.

8)       If your building is cold, check on your neighbors. If you know someone who is vulnerable and lacking heat, help them get to warm places, and notify the building manager and/or call 311 to get heat restored. If you see someone with signs of hypothermia, such as confusion, shivering, slurred speech, and drowsiness, call 911 for help and help the person get warm while waiting for help.

About Victory State Bank

 

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.

 

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