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Earthquake Rattles Some Towns, Not Others

Earthquake Rattles Some Towns, Not Others

The effect of Tuesday's earthquake in Western New York was widespread, but not universal. People in some neighborhoods didn't notice it at all while others were left feeling queasy from the unaccustomed shaking.

Go to the WGRZ-2 On Your Side Facebook page to compare for yourself reports from places where the earthquake was felt to places where it wasn't. (Follow the posts beginning on Tuesday at about 2pm. We asked both questions and received well over 800 responses from across Western New York and beyond.)

Share your earthquake stories below. Did you even feel it? Or not? Where were you at the time? (01:51:03 PM EST.)

Any friends or relatives out of town who felt it? Where were they when it hit?

Earthquake Safety Tips

Earthquake Safety Tips

We don't get them often and many of us don't know what to do when they happen so we here at 2 Your Town have compiled a list of safety procedures to help keep you and your family safe during an earthquake/aftershock. 

During an Earthquake

  • If you're indoors, stay there. Get under -- and hold onto --a desk or table, or stand against an interior wall. Stay clear of exterior walls, glass, heavy furniture, fireplaces and appliances. The kitchen is a particularly dangerous spot. If you’re in an office building, stay away from windows and outside walls and do not use the elevator.

  • If you're outside, get into the open. Stay clear of buildings, power lines or anything else that could fall on you.

  • If you're driving, move the car out of traffic and stop.

National Grid Has Simple Tips to Cut Energy Use as Temps Rise

National Grid Has Simple Tips to Cut Energy Use as Temps Rise


June 23, 2011 – One way to make the lazy days of summer even more relaxing is to be ready for what the weather will bring.  National Grid has prepared its New York system to help customers beat the heat and urges customers to take steps to cut costs when the temperature rises.

"National Grid's increased investment in the upstate New York electric system in recent years directly supports our reliability during summer's peaks," said Kenneth D. Daly, National Grid president for New York.  "As the frequency and length of customer outages continue to improve, National Grid recognizes that ongoing investment in the system will provide our customers with the service reliability they deserve."

Mulch Volcano Madness!

Mulch Volcano Madness!

Excessive Mulching Kills Trees
June 14, 2011 

Spring is in the air, along with the appearance of a deadly perennial threat to the health of trees everywhere.  It is not an insect, nor is it a disease.  It is not a new and exotic scourge that has invaded our borders from some far off region of the planet.  No, it is much worse than any of these.

It is... the deadly mulch volcano.

This crime against arboriculture is annually perpetrated by “professional” landscapers and well-meaning homeowners who follow their example.  Each year, literally tons of mulch are piled high against the trunks of trees everywhere... and it’s killing them.

To some, this pile of mulch may look neat and tidy, but unfortunately it results in the slow decline and eventual death of the tree.  But what’s really maddening is the fact that people pay good money to “professional” landscapers to do this. 

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Lifesaving Tips from the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY…

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many people will be hosting backyard barbecues. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to follow important fire safety tips so that they can enjoy a safe summer season. 

“The outdoor cookout season will soon be in full swing.  Unfortunately, a barbecue grill could start a fire if certain safety rules are ignored,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President David Jacobowitz.  “It’s important to position the grill far away from siding, deck railings, trees and other flammables. When gatherings involve children, it’s critical that a child-free zone of at least three feet is established around the grill.”

Red Cross Issues Tornado Readiness Guidelines

Red Cross Issues Tornado Readiness Guidelines

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 27, 2011, 4:32 P.M.  – The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for all of Western New York until 10 p.m., meaning tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.  The American Red Cross is urging residents to review and discuss emergency plans, prepare emergency supply kits, and be ready to act quickly if a Tornado Warning is issued.

During any storm, residents should monitor radio and television news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.  People should also be aware of the following tornado danger signs:

  • Dark, often greenish clouds
  • Wall cloud—an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
  • Cloud of debris
  • Large hail
  • Funnel cloud—a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
  • Roaring noise

The complete Red Cross Tornado Safety Checklist is here.

Should a tornado threaten or a Tornado Warning be issued, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.  Do not wait until you see the tornado.  The safest place to be in a tornado is an underground shelter, basement, or safe room.  Following a tornado, stay out of damaged buildings, watch for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and check for any injuries.

For more information on how to be Red Cross Ready for a possible tornado, please contact the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter at (716) 886-7500, or visit www.buffaloredcross.org.