Dear Friend,

This pamphlet provides quick and effective tips on how you can prepare for an emergency.

Whether it’s a natural emergency like high winds, flooding or lightning or a man-made threat, New Yorkers should know what to do when faced with a disaster. Emergency-response personnel are trained to respond quickly and effectively, but every community’s level of preparedness starts with individuals being aware and informed. We can’t stop certain disasters from happening, but we can control the amount of personal devastation that results from those situations by taking the proper preventive measures.

I hope that you find this brochure useful, and please share this information with your family so that everyone can be better prepared for the unexpected.


Jeffrey Dinowitz
Make a “Family Emergency Plan” today because emergencies can happen in an instant:
Emergency Kit Checklist
Be prepared to live without electricity, water, heat, air conditioning or telephone service for at least three days. Always have the following on-hand:
Hurricanes and Flooding
New York State’s hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. While those living along the Atlantic coast are at more risk for high wind and hurricane damage, everyone in the state is vulnerable to extensive flooding from inland-moving storms.

High Winds: Both hurricanes and tornadoes can produce violent, damaging winds. Unless you live in a coastal, low-lying area or manufactured home, you won’t necessarily be evacuated. Take the following actions to protect yourself, your family and your property. Inland Flooding: Severe storms produce large amounts of rain, which could lead to inland flooding. A Flash Flood or Flood Watch means that flooding is possible in your area. A Flash Flood or Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. Take immediate action.
Lightning Safety
Did you know lightning kills more people in this country each year than tornadoes? Lightning is simply the building and discharge of electric energy, which is released as a flash of light, or a bolt, that heats the air to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This rapid heating of the air then produces a shock wave, thunder. Being struck by lightning is potentially fatal.
NY Alert
NY-Alert is part of New York State’s ongoing commitment to provide New Yorkers with information that keeps them aware of threats and emergency situations, and teaches them how to respond accordingly.

Signing up for NY-Alert is free. By doing so, you will receive warnings and emergency information, including road closures, inclement weather events and protective actions recommended by the state, local governments, schools and the private sector where appropriate. Information can be sent to you via your cell phone, your home phone, e-mail and other technologies.

When you sign up for NY-Alert, you will also be able to select the locations you would like to receive information about, such as your town or village, county, or the entire state.

You can sign up for NY-Alert by going to or by calling (888) 697-6972.
New York State Emergency Management Office
New York State Department of Health
American Red Cross
New York State Office of Homeland Security
Security Tips Hotline:
(866) SAFE-NYS
Assemblyman Dinowitz
Jeffrey Dinowitz
3107 Kingsbridge Avenue
Bronx, New York 10463