“Staying off the streets will make it easier for City workers to clear the streets of snow so thatemergency vehicles can use them.“Any vehicles found to be blocking roadways or impeding the flow of traffic will be subjectto towing at the owner’s expense. And by keeping ourselves out of harm’s way, we’ll reduce thehazards our first responders have to confront, as well, so there’s double value in doing this.“Also, there is no need to do panic buying of gas for your cars; all indications are the gassupply is plentiful and deliveries will not be disrupted.“Tonight, what’s a good idea? Cook a meal, stay home, read a good book, watch a movie, justtake it easy.“Remember, there are a lot of people who are going to be out there shoveling the snow andtrying to plow it to the side, and just don’t want to get in their way. And also, if you’re out thereshoveling snow, be careful, don’t over-exert yourself with that task. This snow can be very heavysnow, very wet snow, and you really can strain yourself or worse.“Also, as I said this morning on my radio show, it’s good to look at your neighbors who mayneed a little extra help getting through the next several days.“If you see someone homeless on the streets or in a public place, just pick up the phone, call311. This is no night to be out in the elements, and we will send a staff right away to help that person.“Last night, I did order all Department of Homeless Services staff to double their outreachefforts to protect unsheltered New Yorkers. That will be true tonight as well.“During this high alert period, Homeless Services staff will check on vulnerable clients everytwo hours – or four times per shift. And we are putting on an additional number of outreach vans onthe streets to respond to 311 calls.“Also, please use 911 wisely – only for genuine emergencies requiring a response from the police, firefighters, or emergency service vehicles. Use 311 for all other calls or inquires to Cityagencies; we’ve brought in additional 311 call-takers to handle what we expect to be a higher thannormal volume of calls.“But if you want to know whether the plow is coming or whether the schools are closed andthat sort of thing, do not use 911. When you do it, somebody with a real emergency can’t get throughand they may suffer and may die.“Let me walk through what City agencies are doing in response to the storm, starting with preparing to clear streets and highways of snow.