With Hurricane Sandy posing a possible major threat to portions of the U.S. East Coast, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
has directed the New York State Division of Homeland
Security and Emergency Services to closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Sandy and prepare for potential storm impacts.
"I have directed state agencies and New York's emergency operations personnel to begin preparations now for the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy," Governor Cuomo
said. "I urge all New Yorkers to closely track the storm's path, using local radio and television or online reports. We will actively monitor the storm's progress and take any steps necessary to protect our state's residents."
The National Weather Servce issued a Small Craft Advisory on October 26 until October 28 for Long Island and New York City
. The small craft advisory means sustained wind speeds or frequent gusts of 25 to 33 Kt and/or seas of 5 feet or higher are expected or occurring.
The Town of Southampton has released the be prepared pocket guide with information about emergency preparedness, so make sure you are ready for Hurricane Sandy by following the suggested tips. The town encourages you listen to local radio or TV stations for instructions. This is especially important before proceeding to a shelter to learn which shelters are open and at what time. You can also call the Emergency Management Team at 631-728-3405. Every family should have a contact and meeting place in case of an evacuation along with an emergency plan. The plan should include how to find each other incase of separation and how to communicate in an emergency.
They also suggest every household member should put together a "To-Go Bag" to use in the event of an evacuation. The "To-Go Bag" should be sturdy, lightweight, and portable, like a backpack and suggested items include copies of your important documents, credit and ATM cards, cash in a waterproof and portable container, extra sets of car and house keys, bottled water, non-perishable food, energy or granola bars, a flashlight, lightweight rain gear, mylar blanket, a battery-operated AM/FM radio with extra batteries, a list of the medications and dosages household members take or copies of all your prescription slips with doctor's names and phone numbers, a supply of medication for at least 3 days, first-aid kit, and if you are evacuating with children or pets, child care package, pet care package, or other special items needed.
Each house should have an emergency supply kit with items which may be needed in the event of an emergency. The kit should have enough supplies to last at least three days and should be stored in an easily accessible area. Items suggested for the kit include one gallon of drinking water per person per day, non-perishable foods, canned foods, a manual can opener, a first aid kit, a battery-operated AM/FM radio, a whistle, iodine tablets or one quart of unscented bleach (for disinfecting water this is to be used only if directed to do so by health officials) and eyedropper (for adding bleach to water), a phone that does not require electricity, a flashlight and extra batteries.
For emergency shelter information and emergency preparation tips visit: www.southamptontownny.gov
To download the official Red Cross
Hurricane visit: www.redcross.org
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