Emergency-phoneThe Ziff Law Firm recently compiled this emergency reference guide to include in our print newsletter. We thought our blog readers could use this source of important information as well.  Stay safe!

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Local 911 Help and Information

Broome County: Call 911 to reach the Broome County Emergency Dispatch/911 Center. For non-emergency inquiries, call the county’s Public Safety Center at (607)778-2170

Bradford County, PA: Call 911. The Bradford County 911 Center answers calls from 14 boroughs. For non-emergency information, call the center at (570) 265-9101.

Chemung County: For emergencies in Chemung County, call 911. For information, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office number is (607) 737-2929.

Schuyler County: Call 911. For information, the Emergency Management Services number is (607) 535-8200.

Seneca County: Call 911. For non-emergency information, call the Seneca County Office of Emergency Management at (315) 539-1756.

Steuben County: Call 911. For non-emergency questions or information, call (607) 664-2700.

Tioga County, NY: Call 911. For information, the Emergency Management Office number is (607) 687-2023 or e-mail: TCEMO@co.tioga.ny.us

Tioga County, PA: Call 911. For a complete list of Emergency Medical Services in the county, visit www.seda-cog.org/tioga/cwp/view.asp?A=887&Q=432043.

Tompkins County: Call 911. For information, the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response number is (607) 257-3888

Yates County: Call 911. The Yates County 911 Communications Center is an enhanced 911 center, which coordinates all emergency services within the county.

Recognize and React to Medical Emergencies

Stroke warning signs (www.strokeassociation.org):

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Call 911.

Heart attack symptoms (www.americanheart.org):

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Call 911.

Signs of cardiac arrest (www.americanheart.org):

  • Sudden loss of responsiveness (no response to tapping on shoulders).
  • No normal breathing (the victim does not take a normal breath when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds).

Call 911 and begin CPR immediately.

Emergency Weather Information

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association: www.weather.gov. Results can be filtered by state and county for precise forecasts.

NOAA Weather Radio: Check www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/stations.php for your local frequency.

Storm Terms to Know

  • Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Watch indicates conditions are favorable for their formation in and close to the watch area. The watch is issued to alert you to the possibility that thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail may develop. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio and your local media weather updates and stay informed!
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning means a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent. In addition to strong damaging winds of 58 mph or greater, severe thunderstorms may contain hail close to an inch in diameter. When thunderstorms are occurring people should remain away from windows or in an interior room.
  • Tornado Warning means a tornado is occurring or is imminent. Tornado winds have been estimated at speeds greater than 260 mph. People in the path of a tornado should move to “tornado safe areas.” These include interior rooms on the lowest floor of a building. When caught outside in a storm with no well-constructed building available, highway underpasses can provide protection. If no building or underpass is available, look for a ditch or low-lying area (preferably without water). Never try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle

How to Contact Us

Ziff Law Firm, 303 William St., P.O. Box 1338, Elmira, NY 14902–1338

Toll Free: (800) 806−2852

Main office phone: (607) 733−8866

Fax: (607) 732−6062

E-mail: info@zifflaw.com

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