Raia: Prepare Now For Hurricane Season

August 28, 2012

With hurricane season upon us, Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R, I, C – East Northport) is urging residents in Suffolk County to take inventory on essentials needed to prepare for the unexpected.

“Hurricane preparedness is vital to come away from these storms safe and sound,” said Raia. “I strongly urge my constituents to take stock of what they have in order to be prepared for the worst.”

Assemblyman Raia has drafted a checklist to help residents better prepare for hurricane season. Raia also noted these tips below:

Before the Storm:

  • If someone in your family uses life-support equipment, contact the Long Island Power Authority immediately at 1-800-490-0025
  • Turn refrigerator to coldest setting
  • Secure all loose items in yard
  • Trim trees that are close to house
  • Secure windows and doors
  • Fill car fuel tanks
  • Get money – CASH
  • Water supply – Three-day supply (one gallon of water per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food for three days
  • Close all windows and interior doors

During the Storm:

  • Stay in an interior first-floor room, away from windows and doors

Preparing a Disaster Supply Kit for the Storm:

To prepare for the possibility of a hurricane hitting Long Island, you should assemble a hurricane-disaster supply kit containing the following:

  • First-aid kit and essential medications
  • Canned food and manual can opener
  • At least three gallons of water per person
  • Protective clothing, rainwear and bedding or sleeping bags
  • Battery-powered radio, TV, flashlight and extra batteries
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so
  • Keep a non-electronic phone in your home – the phone lines often remain operational even during power outages
  • If your home is in a potential flood- or storm-surge zone, be prepared to evacuate when officials recommend it
  • Secure all records and valuable documents in a watertight place
  • Have materials available to protect your doors and windows
  • Medication, keys and plastic bags

Local radio stations with storm- and evacuation-related information

WALK 97.5 FM

WBAB 102.3 FM

WRCN 103.9 FM

WBLI 106.1 FM

Important websites with information on hurricane and emergency preparation:

American Red Cross