Prepare Now, Review Evacuation Routes, Assemble Go-Kit and Finalize Friends & Family Shelter Plan
With Tropical Storm Hermine tracking toward Nassau, County Executive Edward P. Mangano has issued a Storm Surge Warning for residents living in flood prone areas and Tropical Storm Warning for all residents. National Weather Service inundation models indicate that flooding - similar to Hurricane Irene - will likely occur on Sunday and Monday at high tide. This could result in 2 to 4 feet of flood waters. To learn high tide times for your location, visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/hurricane. Although the storm track could change, the time is now to prepare as citizens residing at or near shorelines may be asked to evacuate their homes.
The Nassau County Office of Emergency Management has outlined evacuations routes from Coastal Evacuation Areas. Residents should familiarize themselves with evacuation routes and secure their property. To review Coastal Evacuation Areas, evacuation routes or learn additional hurricane preparedness information, please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/OEM.
An updated and accurate Family Emergency Plan is a key component to planning for the storm. The unique needs of family members, such as the elderly, infants, those with access and functional needs and any pets should be considered. Residents should inquire about what plans are in place at work and schools in case of emergency. After all of the information is collected, gather your family to discuss how the plan works.
Residents should assembly an Emergency Go-Kit, keep it by their front door in a duffel bag and include enough supplies for everyone in the household for 5 days, including: First aid kit. Pack a “how to” guide as well.Essential prescription and nonprescription items and medical information.Battery-powered flashlight and radio (or crank radio), extra batteries and a 12-hour glow stick. A change of clothes, plus rainwear, sturdy shoes and protective gloves for everyone.Personal items, eyeglasses and personal care items. Important documents in a waterproof container: drivers’ licenses, wills, birth/marriage certificates, insurance policies, deed or lease papers, recent tax returns, credit card and bank account numbers, Social Security cards, Passport and Home inventory list Make sure you have special items for infants, elderly persons, pets or loved ones with special needs.
Residents can also safeguard pets by preparing a Pet Go-Kit, which should include:
Your pets’ names, address and phone number Your name, address, phone and cell number Emergency contact - friend or family Your veterinarian’s name and contact info Important Documents Medical records : Medications : Specific Care instructions : Behavioral problems First aid kit / medications Current photos Sturdy leash, collar or harness, muzzles Paper towels for clean-up Food & Bottled Water (3 day supply) Manual can opener & Bowls Water purification tablets Toys and other comfort items Treats, brushes, combsNewspapers and plastic
Residents should develop a Family & Friends Sheltering Plan in the event they are asked to evacuate their home. If you are advised to evacuate, here’s what to do: Contact a friend or family member that lives outside the zone & make arrangements as this provides the most comfortable way to weather a severe storm.Bring your Emergency Go-KitTurn off all utilitiesTake your most reliable vehicle and avoid taking multiple vehicles that create gridlockUtilize evacuation routes listed at www.nassaucountyny.gov/OEM.
Residents are also reminded to sign up for “Smart911” – which allows citizens to create a free safety profile for their household at www.Smart911.com. Information entered is accessible by 911 call takers in the event of an emergency. Details can include the names and photos of all family members, medical conditions, allergies, pets, and emergency contacts. Register your cell phone number, home phone number and any other special needs with Smart911 today.
Nassau County residents know all too well the threats posed by Hurricane Season. Now is the time to prepare. Many resources are available for residents prepare and receive additional information, including free Red Cross and NassauNow mobile apps for smartphones and tablets.