Hurricane Sandy threatens to bring gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe even snow to the tri-state region early next week.
BBB urges consumers and businesses in our area to prepare now for a weather emergency or disaster. Creating a disaster plan for what to do before, during and after an emergency may make a big difference to your safety and comfort.
BBB offers the following tips and resources to help consumers prepare.
Emergency Supply Kit
You may need to shelter in place (stay at home) during an emergency, such as a severe storm. Keep enough supplies in your home to last for at least three days:
The following items might also be very helpful in case of a very serious emergency.
Evacuation “Go Bag”
The BBB recommends using FEMA’s website at www.ready.gov to learn about the potential emergencies that could occur where you live and the appropriate ways to respond to them. When you know what to do, you can plan and prepare in advance to be ready. The FEMA website provides information about how to protect your household and begin recovery following the initial disaster.
Familiarize yourself with your local emergency alerts and warnings and how you will receive them. Knowing about the local emergency plans for shelter and evacuation, local emergency contacts, the locations frequented by members of your household and the specific needs of household members including animals will help you reduce the impact of damaging storms. It may also save lives and prevent injuries.
Storm Planning Resources
Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City www.nyc.gov/html/oem/downloads/pdf/hurricane_brochure_english.pdf
NYC Office of Emergency Management
NY State Emergency Management Office
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Department of Homeland Security
American Red Cross in Greater New York
National Hurricane Center/Tropical Prediction Center
National Weather Service
Notify NYC Register for emergency notifications by visitingwww.NYC.gov/notifynyc - or call 311