It Can Wait (Texting & Driving)

 

When you see the driver next to you looking at their phone, it’s no longer safe to assume they’re texting. New research1 from AT&T* shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net. And surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat.

7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving. Texting and emailing are still the most prevalent. But other smartphone activity use behind the wheel is now common. Among social platforms, Facebook tops the list, with more than a quarter of those polled using the app while driving. About 1-in-7 said they’re on Twitter behind the wheel.

AT&T will expand the It Can Wait® campaign from a focus on texting while driving to include other smartphone driving distractions that have emerged as our relationships with our devices have changed.

Read more in our news release and top story.

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Heat Advisory

Notification issued 8/15/16 at 3:40 PM. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for NYC from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM tomorrow, 8/16. The previously issued Heat Advisory remains in effect until 8:00 PM tonight. These conditions are dangerous to health. Avoid strenuous activity. People without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk. Cooling centers are open.
For cooling center locations and hours, or information on avoiding heat illness, please visit: http://www.nyc.gov/beattheheat or call 3-1-1.

For more information please visit
www.weather.gov/nyc.

 


Victim of Weather Disaster? Apply for Federal Aid

Seeing your home or property after a flood, tornado or wildfire can be upsetting. You may want to rush back in and starting cleaning up. First, wait until officials have given you the green light to go inside the property. Next, use caution as there maybe unseen hazards such as natural gas leak, bad sewage and live electric wires. Get more safety tips before you return home after a disaster.

 

 


Notify NYC – Heat Advisory

Notification issued 8/15/16 at 8:00 AM. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for New York City for today, 8/15, from 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM. These conditions are dangerous to health. Avoid strenuous activity. People without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk. Cooling centers are open. For cooling center locations and hours, or information on avoiding heat illness, please visit: http://www.nyc.gov/beattheheat or call 3-1-1. For more information please visit www.weather.gov/nyc.


Notify NYC – Heat Advisory

Notification issued 8/9/16 at 5:00 PM. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for New York City which is in effect from 2:00 PM tomorrow, 8/10, until 8:00 PM Thursday, 8/11. High heat indices are expected and are dangerous to health. Avoid strenuous activity. People without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk. Cooling centers will be open tomorrow 8/10 and Thursday, 8/11.

For cooling center locations & hours, or information on avoiding heat illness, please visit:
http://www.nyc.gov/beattheheat or call 3-1-1.
For more information, please visit www.weather.gov/nyc.

 


This Summer, Learn How to Protect Your Health

Stay Hydrated, Drink Plenty of Water

With temperatures hitting 100 degrees or more, extreme heat may cause your child to become dehydrated. Water is considered to be one of the best options. Learn more about helping your kids stay hydrated.

Prevent Mosquito Bites for Yourself and Your Family

If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors this summer, make sure you wear proper clothing and have bug spray available. One way to protect yourself from mosquito bites which can spread the Zika virus is to use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent. Get more tips on protecting your family and home from mosquitoes for a safe summer.

Whole Body Cryotherapy and Associated Risks

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a buyer beware on the possible health benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) treatments. WBC is used to cool the body for therapeutic purposes. A person stands in a  semi-closed chamber with their torso, and legs exposed to frigid temperatures for two to four minutes while their head and neck are above the machine. As with any new medical device, talk to your doctor first and learn more about this consumer update.

Check out more health topics, tips, and resources on USA.gov.

 


Beat The Heat with the FEMA App

It’s hot across the U.S. and folks are out traveling for summer break. Download the FEMA app for free on the App Store and Google Play to stay cool and know ahead of time when extreme heat and other severe weather is on the way. Add up to five locations to include your upcoming travel destinations, and watch over family and friends out-of-town. The FEMA app also provides other safety tips to help you stay prepared:

  • What to pack in an emergency kit with an interactive checklist.
  • What to do to stay safe before, during, after each type of emergency.

Where to go with directions to open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person if disaster strikes.


Notify NYC – Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Notification issued 7/25/16 at 5:02 PM. The National Weather Service has extended a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Manhattan, Staten Island, and Brooklyn until 5:30 PM. Strong winds & heavy rain is expected. For more info, visit www.weather.gov/nyc. During a severe thunderstorm, be prepared to potentially lose power. Charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, & turn refrigerators/freezers to a colder setting. Always stay clear of downed power lines. If you are affected by an outage, turn off all appliances & keep refrigerator/freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage. Do not use generators indoors. If you lose power & have a disability or access needs or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) & need immediate assistance, dial 9-1-1.