2010-08-20 / Top Stories

Tips For Handling A Hurricane

This map, published by the city’s OEM and Ready New York shows the danger zones in case of a hurricane, as well as the evacuation sites for local residents. This map, published by the city’s OEM and Ready New York shows the danger zones in case of a hurricane, as well as the evacuation sites for local residents. While no major hurricane has struck Rockaway for more than a decade, there is always a chance for a large, Category 3 or Category 4 storm moving up the east coast and striking Rockaway head on.

In that case, local residents should have a few days of warning prior to the storm making a landfall on the peninsula.

The city’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have made plans to move residents off the peninsula and into shelters long before the storm strikes, acknowledging that the people who live on this barrier beach, especially those in institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes are most vulnerable.

Those agencies have issues some tips to follow in case of an impending storm

BEFORE THE STORM Stay Informed

For the latest information about an approaching storm or to find out if you should evacuate, stay tuned to TV and radio broadcasts, access www.NYC.- gov, or call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115).

Secure Your Home

If a tropical storm or hurricane watch is issued: Bring inside loose, lightweight objects, such as lawn furniture, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.

Anchor objects that will be unsafe to bring inside, like gas grills or propane tanks. Turn off propane tanks.

Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors. Place valuables in waterproof containers or plastic bags.

Help Others Prepare

Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors, especially those with disabilities or special needs, and assist them with their preparation and evacuation.

If you live outside an evacuation zone, offer to shelter family and friends who may need to evacuate.

If asked to evacuate, do so immediately. The City will communicate specific instructions about which areas of the city should evacuate through local media.

If the City issues an evacuation order for your area: Evacuate immediately. Use public transportation.

If you are going to an evacuation center, pack lightly, and bring: your go bag; sleeping bag or bedding; required medical supplies or equipment. Let friends or relatives know where you are going.

WHAT ABOUT MY PETS?

Make sure your disaster plan addresses what you will do with your pet if a hurricane requires you to leave your home.

Plan to shelter your pet at a kennel or with friends or relatives outside the evacuation area.

Be sure you have supplies ready for your pet in the event of an evacuation, including food, a leash, a muzzle, proof of shots, and a cage or carrier.

ACCOUNT FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS

Consider your capabilities and make sure your preparedness plan addresses how your special needs affect your ability to evacuate.

Determine if you will need assistance and arrange help from friends, family, or neighbors.

Consider additional supplies and equipment that you may need to bring with you, such as medicine, icepacks, medical devices, and backup equipment. Bring food for your dietary needs.

Include additional time and evaluate your transportation options.

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