WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Hurricane season officially began on June 1, and with Sandy and Irene still fresh in the memories of many locals, the government is advising Westchester to prepare for potential natural disasters.
Westchester residents can prepare for the 2014 hurricane and coastal storm season by reviewing their family emergency plans and checking on emergency supplies they have at home, in their cars and at work.
Hurricane season lasts from June 1 through Nov. 30.
“From Hurricanes Sandy and Irene to Tropical Storm Lee, we have seen firsthand how Mother Nature can quickly disrupt lives and damage communities,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “Those storms taught us valuable lessons about the importance of planning ahead when a disaster strikes, and with another hurricane season approaching, I am urging all New Yorkers to prepare themselves and their families for any possible emergency. Together we can be the first responders in our own homes and neighborhoods and ultimately build a stronger, more resilient New York.”
Officials released this list of tips to prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters:
- 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.” Then make certain all family members have that number.
- Designate a family emergency meeting point, some familiar location where the family can meet in the event the home is inaccessible.
- Prepare an emergency phone list of people and organizations that may need to be called, including schools, doctors, child/senior care providers, and insurance agents.
- Know the hurricane / storm risks in their areas, and learn the storm surge history.
- Learn their community’s warning signals and evacuation plans.
- Make sure your family has an evacuation kit with supplies for the entire family as well as pets, well in advance of an emergency.
- Stock up on emergency supplies, non-perishable food and water. Try to plan for 7-10 days without access to basic lifesaving supplies.
- Make arrangements on where to relocate pets during a storm.
- Have your family learn basic safety and first aid measures. If you can, stock up on prescribed medicines and have supplies for persons with special needs such as the elderly and infirm.
- Practice the plan
For more information and tips on how to prepare for a natural disaster, visit the National Weather Service Hurricane Preparedness website.