Spring has arrived and summer won’t be too far behind. And yet, Suffolk County Emergency Service Section and Highway Patrol officers were on the road, just last month, assisting drivers who ventured out during the storms we had in March. The National Weather Service accurately reported strong nor’easters in our region that impacted us with heavy snow, gusty winds, and coastal flooding. Spring and summer are not as threatening, posing less dangerous driving conditions.  Still, in past years, police officers have rescued many stranded drivers in vehicles due to heavy rain and flooding, broken branches and uprooted trees from hurricane-like winds. No matter the season, police officers strongly urge all residents not to drive in extreme weather and to equip their vehicles with a survival kit in case of an emergency. In addition to a standard emergency kit, you should always carry a flashlight with extra batteries, nuts or some type of snack, a thermos of water, a tarp and a heavy blanket. In case of a motor vehicle accident or if you witness a crash, immediately call 9-1-1. Do not hesitate.  If you become stranded because of car trouble or the weather, help is only a call away.  Always stay with your vehicle.  The non-emergency police response number is 631-852-COPS (2677.) and you are encouraged to use that number at any time. Remember that Suffolk County’s police officers are in close contact with Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services and other county agencies, to ensure that every resident is safe at all times.

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