BEFORE A HURRICANE
- Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. (Click Here)
- Know your surroundings, the elevation level of your property, and whether the land is prone to flood. Also Identify levees and dams that may pose a hazard.
- Learn evacuation routes.
- If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.
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SECURE YOUR PROPERTY
- Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows but 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install will provide protection.
- Have family members stay in touch with designated contact person.
- Keep trees and shrubs around your home manicured.
- Clean rain gutters and downspouts of debris.
- Reinforce garage doors to avoid structural damage from wind.
- Plan storage for outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, etc.
- Pre-determine how to secure any boats.
- Install a generator.
- Consider building a safe room.
Long Island Hurricanes
Whether it's a "Super Storm" or Hurricane, major storms on Long Island are quickly becoming the new norm. South Shore areas like Long Beach, Island Park and Freeport are particularly at risk. In the 5 boro's places such as Red Hook, Coney Island and the Rockaways were devastated during Super Storm Sandy.
During the last big storm, the entire area was flooded. For most of Long Island, power was out for days, even weeks. What's your plan this time? Maybe installing a generator, go to a hotel, or stay with family? Whatever your plan is, make sure you have it worked out well in advance and most importantly, have a back up plan. If a wide area is effected, Plan A may not be viable.
For a list of open shelters during the Hurricane click here
CLOSURES FOR SCHOOLS & DAYCARES
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Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your business, visit the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (NFIP) Web site, www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419.