Hurricane Irene — Emergency Preparedness Information from Senator Flanagan

Posted by John J. Flanagan [1] on Saturday, August 6th, 2011

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For Updates on Upcoming Weather

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE [3]

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER [4]

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS AND WEB SITES
Click on the name of the organization to visit the web site

NOTE – AS OF AUGUST 25TH, THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH THE SUFFOLK COUNTY WEB SITES – PLEASE RETRY THEM AGAIN LATER

AMERICAN RED CROSS Suffolk County Chapter [5]
(631) 924-6700

AMERICAN RED CROSS Emergency Preparednesss Tips [6]

Click here for a list of what to place in a disaster supplies or “GO KIT” from the AMERICAN RED CROSS [7]

LONG ISLAND POWER AUTHORITY (LIPA) – [8]

For an electrical emergency – 1-800-490-0075 or 631-755-6900

To let LIPA know if someone in your family uses life support equipment – [8]1-800-490-0025

National Grid Storm Central [9] – 631-755-6500

Click here for a list of preparedness items from the LONG ISLAND POWER AUTHORITY (LIPA) [10]

NEW YORK STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE (SEMO) [11]
(631) 952-6322
Emergency (518) 292-2200

New York State Aware Prepare Web Site – Tips from NYS [12]

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) [13]
(202)-646-2500

Planning Tips for Specific Emergencies from the FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY [14]

Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management [15]
(631) 852-4900

Click Here for Information on Suffolk County’s Code RED System [16].  Those without Internet access may call the Office of Emergency Management’s CustomerServiceCenter (631-852-4900), Monday through Friday, (9AM-5PM) to supply their information over the phone.

Town of SMITHTOWN Department of Public Safety [17]
(631) 360-7553

Town of BROOKHAVEN Department of Public Safety [18]
(631) 451-6291

Town of BROOKHAVEN Hurricane Preparedness Section [19]

Town of HUNTINGTON Department of Public Safety [20]

HEALTH AND WELFARE COUNCIL OF LONG ISLAND [21]
(516) 483-1110

PET SAFE COALITION [22]
(516) 404-5513

NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY [23]

NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY [24]

Federal Government’s READY.GOV [25]

Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Emergency Preparedness and Response [26]

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE [27]

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER [4]

Click here to volunteer to help in
the SUFFOLK COUNTY WITH THE CITIZEN CORPS COUNCIL
and To Learn What You Can Do
[28]

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION
Please use the information below to get ready and stay ready in the event of an emergency.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR FAMILY

Click here for a list of what to place in a disaster supplies or “GO KIT” from
the AMERICAN RED CROSS
[7]

Click Here for the LONG ISLAND POWER AUTHORITY Hurricane Preparedness Section [29]

Click here to visit SEMO’s Emergency Preparedness Web Site [30]

SEMO offers NY ALERT to provide updates for all New York residents – please click here to sign up [31]

Click here important information from
the SUFFOLK COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
[32]

Planning Tips for Specific Emergencies from
the FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
[14]

Home Insurance.org Complete Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide – [33]Simply click on the Emergency Preparedness button on top of the page

HOUSEHOLD PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST
Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:
From “Preparing for Disaster.” Developed by the American Red Cross and the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

There are six basics you should stock for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container–suggested items are marked with an asterisk(*). Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.

Water

  • Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
  • Store one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).*

 

Food

  • Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned juices
  • Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
  • High energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods

First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.

  • (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes.
  • (1) 5″ x 9″ sterile dressing.
  • (1) conforming roller gauze bandage.
  • (2) triangular bandages.
  • (2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads.
  • (2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads.
  • (1) roll 3″ cohesive bandage.
  • (2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • (6) antiseptic wipes.
  • (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves.
  • Adhesive tape, 2″ width.
  • Anti-bacterial ointment.
  • Cold pack.
  • Scissors (small, personal).
  • Tweezers.
  • CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield.

Non-Prescription Drugs

  • Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Laxative
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)

Tools and Supplies

  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*
  • Emergency preparedness manual*
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
  • Flashlight and extra batteries*
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change*
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
  • Tube tent
  • Pliers
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper, pencil
  • Needles, thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  • Whistle
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)

Sanitation

  • Toilet paper, towelettes*
  • Soap, liquid detergent*
  • Feminine supplies*
  • Personal hygiene items*
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach

Clothing and Bedding
*Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots*
  • Rain gear*
  • Blankets or sleeping bags*
  • Hat and gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses

Special Items

  • Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons

For Baby*

  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications

For Adults*

  • Heart and high blood pressure medication
  • Insulin
  • Prescription drugs
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses

Entertainment

  • Games and books

Important Family Documents

  • Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
    • Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds
    • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
    • Bank account numbers
    • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
  • Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.

 

Information from the Red Cross on Sheltering in Place [34] – One of the instructions you may be given in an emergency where hazardous materials may have been released into the atmosphere is to shelter-in-place. This is a precaution aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors. (This is not the same thing as going to a shelter in case of a storm.) Shelter-in-place means selecting a small, interior room, with no or few windows, and taking refuge there. It does not mean sealing off your entire home or office building. If you are told to shelter-in-place, follow the instructions provided in this Fact Sheet.


PREPARING YOUR PETS FOR EMERGENCIES

Pet carrier/cage with toy
Food and water
Leash/harness with ID tag

PET EMERGENCY EVACUATION AND SHELTERING TIPS
Pets are currently not allowed in most shelters
Plan ahead by calling hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they accept pets
Ask friends and relatives who are out of the evacuation area if they could shelter your vet
Prepare a list of boarding facilities, veterinarians or animal shelters that provide emergency shelters

If you must evacuate, the best way to protect your pets is to evacuate them too— do not leave them behind where they can be injured or lost!

Currently, pets are not allowed (except service animals) in shelters in Nassau County. Senator Flanagan is trying to change that by supporting the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 that would require New York State and local governments to establish pet-friendly evacuation and sheltering standards as part of their disaster preparedness planning.

PET SAFE COALITION [22]
(516) 676-0808


 

 

EVACUATION TIPS

SPECIAL EVACUATION INSTRUCTIONS
If you must evacuate, take only necessities from the Household Preparation List, including items under “documentation”

ALSO:
Bring blankets or sleeping bags and pillows, extra clothing, eye glasses, rain gear, toiletries and hygiene products, quiet games, reading material, tools, etc.
Also, take a map, since you may encounter detours.
Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power
lines, or before you evacuate.

Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate. Secure structurally unstable building materials.

Click here for evacuation planning information from
the SUFFOLK COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
[35]

FOR CHILDREN

Emergency Preparedness Information from FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) [36]

READY.GOV’S READY KIDS WEB SITE [37]

 


 

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Links:
[1] http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/john-j-flanagan
[2] http://www.nysenate.gov/issues/government-operations/homeland-security
[3] http://www.weather.gov/
[4] http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
[5] http://suffolkcounty.redcross.org/
[6] http://www.redcross.org/services/prepare/0,1082,0_239_,00.html
[7] http://www.redcross.org/images/pdfs/preparedness/a4600.pdf
[8] http://www.lipower.org/
[9] https://www1.nationalgridus.com/niagaramohawk/storm/storm.aspx
[10] http://www.lipower.org/stormcenter/safety/plan.html
[11] http://www.semo.state.ny.us/
[12] http://www.dhses.ny.gov/aware-prepare/index.cfm
[13] http://www.fema.gov/
[14] http://www.fema.gov/plan/index.shtm
[15] http://co.suffolk.ny.us/
[16] https://cne.coderedweb.com/Default.aspx?groupid=%2baCHAGsI63WWVa6aL1efKg%3d%3d
[17] http://smithtowninfo.com/PublicSafety/
[18] http://www.brookhaven.org/PublicSafety/PublicSafety/tabid/194/Default.aspx
[19] http://www.brookhaven.org/PublicInformation/HurricaneGuide2008/tabid/474/Default.aspx
[20] http://town.huntington.ny.us/department_details.cfm?ID=53
[21] http://www.hwcli.com/
[22] http://www.petsafecoalition.org/
[23] http://www.security.state.ny.us/
[24] http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/
[25] http://www.ready.gov/
[26] http://www.bt.cdc.gov/
[27] http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
[28] http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/CITIZENCORPS/
[29] http://www.lipower.org/stormcenter/hurricane.html#1
[30] http://www.security.state.ny.us/preparedness/index.html
[31] https://users.nyalert.gov/
[32] http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/departments/firerescue/Office%20of%20Emergency%20Management.aspx
[33] http://www.homeinsurance.org/
[34] http://www.redcross.org/preparedness/cdc_english/Sheltering.asp
[35] http://suffolkcountyny.gov/Home/departments/firerescue/Office%20of%20Emergency%20Management/Interactive%20Flood%20Zone%20Map.aspx
[36] http://www.fema.gov/kids/
[37] http://www.ready.gov/kids/index.html
[38] http://www.nysenate.gov/district/02

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