NEW YORK'S WORST BLIZZARD

JANUARY, 7-8, 1996

It happened in my sleep!

Sunday January 7, 1996 at 7:50 pm the winds started gushing at 40-50 mph. Then, something fascinating happened.... a winter wonderland started to grow. It snowed 13.6 inches that night, in other words the snow was up to your knees! The next day an additional 6.6 inches of snow fell making the two day total of 20.2 inches of snow!

But how did this happen?

Blizzards are a combination of blowing snow and wind resulting in very low visibility. Sometimes strong winds pick up snow that has already fallen, creating a ground blizzard.

I have interviewed Katrina Mendieta who was a victim of this blizzard.

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Interview Questions

Who were you with during the storm?

" I was with my friends"

Where were you before the disaster?

" I was at home with my friends before the disaster"

Has anyone gotten hurt by power lines, or trees fallen on their houses?

" Not that I know of, however the trains and buses stopped services."

What were you doing during the disaster?

" Sleeping"

Were any of the schools or offices closed?

" All schools were closed, which was the 1st time since the last major blizzard in1978"

How long did it take for the blizzard to end?

" Although the blizzard itself only lasted 2 days, the effects lasted weeks. People couldn't return to work or school for a few days and even then getting around was very difficult. "

What did you do to prepare for the disaster?

" I went to the store to buy basic supplies like bread, bottled water and canned foods"

How did it look like after the blizzard?

" It was so white it looked like a winter wonderland, it was really nice and the children in the community had tons of fun playing in it"

What steps did it take to protect yourself?

" I gathered lots of blankets and winter wear like coats, hats, scarfs,etc. and stayed tune to the radio and tv for news updates."

What did the people do outside?

" There was children playing in the snow while their parents tried to shovel what their driveways and dig their cars out, but it was no use with the amount of snow that fell there was no way to out the snow.

Some safety tips for preparing for a blizzard

In case the power goes off you would need:
  • Canned foods
  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Candles
  • Generator