Sunday, October 28, 2012

Storm Preparations & Tips

  • Subscribe to NY Alert to get the latest watches and warnings directly from the National Weather Service.
  • Have a family disaster plan.
  • Be especially conscious to look out for the elderly, disabled and children.
  • Plan for your pets, as pets are not allowed in general population shelters.
  • Be prepared for extended power outages. Have a supply of batteries, a battery operated radio, and flashlights.  Avoid the use of candles whenever possible due to the fire hazard.
  • Have enough potable water for each person.  One gallon per person, per day is recommended.
  • Have a quantity of nonperishable food and a manual can opener.
  • Have a first aid kit and extra medications on hand.
  • Have a small quantity of cash on hand in case ATM machines are without power.
  • Heed all official warnings including orders to evacuate.
  • Never drive through flooded roadways: “turn around, don’t drown!”
  • Assume that all down wires are energized and stay away from them.
  • Never operate a generator or charcoal cooking appliance indoors because of the great danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Keep in mind that the wide area of impact will affect the availability of all resources, including, but not limited to the Red Cross and utilities.
  • Follow the advice of – Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed.

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