In the event of an emergency, being prepared for the unexpected can make a stressful situation easier to handle for you and your family. It is important to have the proper tools and plans in place today to ensure the safety of you and your family tomorrow.
I am especially attuned to emergency preparedness because my husband Mark is a member of the Nassau County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). You will read about this important program below and I encourage you to become a volunteer.
While I sincerely hope we never face an emergency situation, I have worked closely with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management and the Nassau County Red Cross to prepare this publication. Special thanks to my intern, Zak Malamed, for his research on this project.
The information provided will help you and your family prepare in advance for the unexpected.
If you have any questions pertaining to the information provided in this publication, please feel free to contact my District Office at (516) 482-6966.
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The Nassau County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a community-based program of volunteers who receive special training to provide critical support to first responders in an emergency situation. CERT volunteers also help with non-emergency preparedness projects that help improve the overall safety and quality of living in their community. Previous emergency experience is not required. If you would like to sign up to become a CERT or learn more about the program please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/oem/cc/cert/index.html or call (516) 573-0648.
SIGN UP FOR NY-ALERT
All residents should sign up for NY-Alert, a free program that provides New Yorkers with information about threats and emergency situations and instructs them how to respond accordingly.
The NY-Alert program sends warnings and alerts about natural emergencies and road closures to your cell phone, home phone, e-mail and other technologies. You can list up to three phone numbers, two e-mail addresses and three cell phones to receive text messages. Once you sign up for NY-Alert, you will be able to customize locations and the types of emergencies (from minor to extreme) you would like to receive information about. To sign up for NY-Alert go to www.nyalert.gov or call (888) 697-6972.
Before a disaster strikes, it is important for you and your family to sit down and discuss what you would do in an emergency situation. Please keep in mind that a disaster could confine you to your home or force you to evacuate your neighborhood for a long period of time. Make a family plan and write it down. Most importantly, remember to practice your plan! Include the following items in your emergency plan:
Family Communications Plan
Caring for Animals
Be prepared for the unexpected by assembling a kit of emergency supplies. You should plan to make it on your own for at least three days (72 hours). It is important that you and your family think about the kinds of resources you use on a daily basis and what you might do if they are not available.
Keep in mind that an emergency situation can force you and your family to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home for a long period of time. So consider getting two emergency kits, a home emergency kit and an emergency go-bag. In your home disaster kit you should put everything you will need to stay where you are and make it on your own for a period of time. The emergency go-bag should be a lightweight smaller version that you can easily transport and take with you in the event that you must leave your home. The following is a list of recommended items to include in each emergency kit:
Home Emergency Kit:
Town of North Hempstead
311 (From any wired phone)
Nassau County Office of Emergency Management
Nassau County American Red Cross
Nassau County Police
Long Island Power Authority
Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Weather Service
New York State Emergency Management Office
New York Alert
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel