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Hurricane Safety Tips Before, During & After Sandy's Arrival

Preparation is key for ensuring safety during a hurricane. Here are some tips to follow.

As residents between Blue Point and West Sayville get moving to prevent any dangers and be prepared for power outages, there are a slew of tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane arrives.


Know Your Risk and What To Do
・ Contact your local emergency management office to learn about
evacuation routes and emergency plans.
・ Get additional information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (visit fema.gov and m.fema.gov from your mobile device for information), Ready Campaign (Ready.gov), Citizen’s Corps (citizencorps.gov), the American Red Cross (redcross.org) and NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (nhc.noaa.gov).
・ Inquire about emergency plans and procedures at your child’s school and at your workplace.
・ Make a family disaster plan that includes out-of-town contacts and locations to reunite if you become separated. Be sure everyone knows home, work and cell phone numbers, and how to call 9-1-1.
・ Assemble a disaster supplies kit with food, water, medical supplies, battery-powered radio and NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, batteries, flashlights, and other items that will allow you to get by for 3 days after a hurricane hits.
・ Gather important documents such as birth and marriage certificates, social security cards, passports, wills, deeds, and financial and insurance records. Store them in a fire and flood safe location or safe deposit box.


As the Storm Approaches
・ Remember that a Hurricane Watch means the onset of hurricane conditions is possible within 36 hours; a Hurricane Warning means the onset of hurricane conditions is likely within 24 hours.
・ Have a full tank of gas in a vehicle, cash, and your disaster supplies kit ready to go.
・ Make sure every family member carries or wears identification.
・ Listen to the radio or television and NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards for current information and be prepared to act quickly.
・ Turn refrigerator and freezer to maximum cold and keep closed.
・ Secure your boat or move it to a safer mooring.
・ Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water for bathing, flushing toilets, and cleaning, but do not drink this water.
・ Secure or bring inside such outdoor items as patio furniture, kids’ slides, and power mowers.
・ Turn off propane tanks. Shut off other utilities if emergency officials advise you to do so.


Evacuate if you:
・ Are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
・ Live in a mobile home, a high-rise building, on the coast, a floodplain, near a river, or an inland waterway, or otherwise feel you will be in danger.


If You Are Told to Evacuate:
・ Turn off all utilities if authorities advise you to do so.
・ Don’t delay in evacuating once you get word to leave.
・ Stick to designated evacuation routes. If you need help, this is the most likely place to find it.
・ Take your most reliable vehicle and avoid taking multiple vehicles that create gridlock.


If You Cannot Evacuate and Are Staying In Your Home:
・ Go to a safe indoor place for refuge, such as an interior room, closet, or hallway. Stay downstairs only if you are not in a flood prone or storm surge area.
・ Do not go outdoors during the storm, even in its early stages. Flying debris is extremely dangerous.
・ Close all doors, brace external doors, stay clear of windows and keep curtains and blinds shut.
・ If necessary take cover under a heavy table, or under something protective.
・ Don’t be tricked by a sudden lull in the storm, it may be the “eye” passing over. The storm will resume.


Immediately After the Storm:
・ Use extreme caution going out of doors. Be alert for downed power lines, broken glass, and damage to building foundations, streets and bridges, and coastal or hillside erosion.
・ Keep listening to radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
・ Watch for closed roads.


Be Prepared to:
・ Stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from power lines.
・ Once home, check gas, water, electrical lines and appliances for damage.
・ Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Never use candles or other open flames indoors.
・ When using a generator, avoid electrocution hazards by following manufacturers’ instructions and standard electrical code.
・ Do not drink tap water until you know it is safe.

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