NEW CITY, NY — Rockland County Executive Ed Day is urging residents to prepare their families and homes for the 2014 hurricane season by taking simple, common sense steps.
“The most critical element of emergency response starts with the individual. Everyone in Rockland County must have an emergency plan, an emergency supply kit and an evacuation route in place before a hurricane strikes,” said County Executive Day.
The Hurricane and Coastal Storm Season in New York State runs throughNovember 30th. Historically, tropical weather events threaten coastal communities. Several recent storms, including Sandy and Irene, have devastated parts of Rockland County.
To best prepare, review community emergency plans and ensure plans are in order for homes and businesses. Be aware of weather conditions by monitoring local radio and television broadcasts and social media. Register for emergency information at www.nyalert.gov. or by calling 1-888-697-6972.
- Review your household disaster plan. Know how to contact all family members at all times.
- Identify an out-of-town friend or family member to be the “emergency family contact.”
- Prepare an emergency phone list of people and organizations that may need to be called.
- Ensure that enough non-perishable food and water supplies are on hand. Make sure battery-operated radios and flashlights have an ample supply of batteries. Have a first aid kit and an ample supply of medications for those who require them.
- Pay attention to the news and social media. In Rockland County, radio stations that broadcast local emergency information include WHUD 100.7 FM and WRCR 1300 AM.
- Know the hurricane and storm risks in your area.
- Learn your community’s warning signals and evacuation plans. Review safe routes inland and local sheltering plans.
- Make arrangements to relocate pets prior to a storm – most shelters do not allow pets.
- Store important documents – insurance policies, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security cards, etc. – in a waterproof container. Have cash (in small bills), checkbook, credit and ATM cards readily available.