As temperatures drop well below freezing tonight, it's important that we take care of ourselves and our neighbors. Here are some helpful tips from the New York City Office of Emergency Management:
- Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors who may need assistance to ensure they are adequately protected from the cold.
- Community members that identify someone on the street they believe needs assistance should contact 311 and ask for the Mobile Outreach Response Team. The Department of Homeless Services will send an outreach team to the location to assess the individual's condition and take appropriate action.
- If you suspect a person is suffering from frostbite or hypothermia, bring him or her someplace warm and seek medical help immediately or call 911.
Also remember, in New York City, the law requires that your landlord provide heat at the following levels from October 1through May 31:
From 6 am to 10 pm: If the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature must be at least 68 degrees everywhere in your apartment.
From 10 pm to 6 am: If the outside temperature falls below 40 degrees, the inside temperature must be at least 55 degrees everywhere in your apartment. (source: Met Council on Housing)
If your landlord is not providing with you with heat, call 311 for assistance.
Stay safe and warm,