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Santino, Hempstead Town Prepare For Hurricane Jose, Offer Tips for Neighbors to Prepare

While Hurricane Jose climbs up the Atlantic and makes it way north, Hempstead Town is preparing for its potential impact. While the degree of impact remains uncertain, town officials are taking steps to respond to damage that could accompany a major storm, as well as offering residents tips on dealing with the aftermath of Jose.

 

“We want to provide our residents, especially senior citizens and other vulnerable residents, with essential resources and tips to prepare for the tropical storm watch for the upcoming days,” stated Santino. “It is critical for all of us to have a hurricane preparedness plan, and to be ready when and if the storm arrives.”

 

As the town prepares for Jose, personnel is focused on safeguarding residents, including checking generators at its 15 senior centers. Hempstead Town officials are in contact with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, as well as the National Weather Service, the Army Corps. Of Engineers and the National Hurricane Center. Municipal vehicles have been fueled, equipment has been moved to staging areas and Bay Constable boats will be available if roads to the barrier beaches are flooded as a result of the storm. Trucks will be available to evacuate town staff from the barrier island if necessary.

 

Staff members are servicing tree removal equipment and chain saws, as well as drain cleaning equipment and are clearing storm drains. Trucks and street sweepers are ready to go, and marina staff is removing town boats from the water.

 

Boat owners are urged to remove their vessels from marinas. If boat removal is not possible, owners are encouraged to secure dock lines, recharge batteries and take other appropriate safety precautions.

 

Already in place is Hempstead Town’s Swift 911 Emergency Notification System, which provides homes and businesses with recorded notifications via telephone, email or text message. Contact information in the SWIFT911 database is based on phone directories and other publicly available sources. Visit Swift911 at https://toh.li/emergency-services/swift911-emergency-notification to update or add your contact information to the system.

 

Town officials are reminding residents not to rake leaves into the street. This is critical during fall storms, as leaves can cause blockages in the storm drain system and result in flooding. Residents are also reminded to use caution when leaving their homes after the storm. Fallen trees often cause downed utility lines, which can present life-threatening hazards. Officials also request that residents follow any directives from emergency management personnel as the storm draws closer to ensure their safety.

 

As the storm approaches, Hempstead Town offers the following tips and guidelines for residents to consider:

 

Tips to keep in mind when a hurricane is predicted:

 

  • Listen to local radio/TV stations for weather updates
  • Organize emergency supplies
  • Clear yard of loose objects (outdoor furniture, trash cans, etc.)
  • Secure your boat
  • Board windows and doors
  • Turn refrigerator/freezer to highest setting, opening only when necessary to maintain temperature in the event of a power outage

 

“Having a plan can be life-saving during severe weather,” Santino said. “I encourage residents to follow these valuable safety tips.”

 

Visit toh.li/public-safety-department/hurricane-safety for more information on hurricane safety, including coastal evacuation routes, important phone numbers and other tips.

 

Visit the Town of Hempstead website

Mangano Urges Residents To Prepare For Hurricane Season

With the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season having begun June 1st, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, the American Red Cross, PSEG and National Grid urge all residents to update or develop their Family Emergency Plan, Emergency Go-Kit and Family & Friends Sheltering Plan.

 

“Superstorm Sandy taught us that given our location as an island, we are vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean and susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes,” said County Executive Mangano. “It is critical that residents be prepared for hurricane season and take all hurricane warnings seriously. Don’t take any chances and make sure you Emergency Go-Kit and Family & Friends Sheltering Plan are in place and ready should Emergency Management officials determine your neighborhood must evacuate.”

 

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June to November, with peak season from mid-August to late October. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an above-normal season. NOAA predicts a 70% likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). An average season produces 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

 

An updated and accurate Family Emergency Plan is a key component to planning for Hurricane Season. 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. Practice your plan at least twice a year and update it according to any issues that arise.

 

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 in the event of a hurricane. To review Coastal Evacuation Areas, evacuation routes or learn additional hurricane preparedness information, please visit the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/OEM.

 

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 five 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 their 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 with specific care instructions and behavioral problems.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Current photos.
  • Sturdy leash, collar or harness, muzzles.
  • Paper towels for clean-up.
  • Food and bottled water (three-day supply).
  • Manual can opener and bowls.
  • Water purification tablets.
  • Toys and other comfort items.
  • Treats, brushes and combs.
  • Newspapers and plastic bags.

 

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:

  • A Family & Friends Sheltering Plan is recommended for anyone who resides in Nassau County south of Sunrise Highway or north of Route 25A. You should 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-Kit.
  • Turn off all utilities.
  • Take your most reliable vehicle and avoid taking multiple vehicles that create gridlock.
  • Utilize evacuation routes listed at www.nassaucountyny.gov/OEM.

 

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, including free Red Cross and NassauNow mobile apps for smartphones and tablets.

 

Visit County Executive Mangano’s webpage

Hurricane Preparedness Forum in Hicksville a Success

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS FORUM IN HICKSVILLESenator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), Legislator Rose Marie Walker, and Legislator Laura Schaefer recently sponsored a hurricane preparedness forum in Hicksville.

 

Members of the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) discussed safety, planning, response, and coordination for natural disasters, in addition to answering questions from residents about hurricane/severe storm preparedness. The seminar explained in detail about weather conditions, sheltering, and making a plan.

 

Residents who were unable to attend the program but would like more information about hurricane preparedness can contact the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management at 516-573-0636 or visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/oem.

 

Pictured above are Senator Martins (second left),  Legislator Walker (second right), and Legislator Schaefer (center) with OEM officials Peter Vita (left) and Eric Zausner (right), and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers Maureen Nembhard and Eric Sanfilippo at the hurricane preparedness forum in Hicksville.

 

Visit Senator Martins’ webpage

Legislator Schaefer & Legislator Walker Co-Host Hurricane Preparedness Forum

Hurricane/Severe Weather Preparedness Community Forum

Thursday, September 18, 2014 • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Levittown Hall – 201 Levittown Pkwy., Hicksville

 

Nassau County Legislators Laura Schaefer and Rose Marie Walker invite all Nassau County residents to attend this very important seminar to learn what you can do to prepare your household for the impact of future hurricanes or other severe weather events.

 

Members of the Nassau County Department of Emergency Management will be on hand to discuss all safety, planning, response, and coordination for natural disasters, in addition to answering any questions you may have about hurricane/severe storm preparedness. The seminar speaks in detail about weather conditions, sheltering, and making a plan.

 

Check out Nassau County Office of Emergency Management’s website for hurricane preparedness information and emergency contacts.

 

www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OEM/prepare/emergency.html

 

The Nassau County Office of Emergency Management’s website offers general hurricane preparedness information plus links to emergency shelter locations, evacuation routes for Nassau residents, survival kit essentials, ways to protect pets and animals, disaster checklists to keep you prepared, disaster checklists for those with special needs, and emergency contact numbers.

 

Visit Legislator Schaefer’s webpage

Legislator Venditto to Host a Hurricane/Severe Weather Preparedness Community Forum

Hurricane/Severe Weather Preparedness Community Forum
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Massapequa Public LIbrary – 40 Harbor Ln., MAssapequa Park

 

Legislator Michael Venditto invites all Nassau County residents to attend this very important seminar to learn what you can do to prepare your household for the impact of future hurricanes or other severe weather events.

 

Members of the Nassau County Department of Emergency Management will be on hand to discuss all safety, planning, response, and coordination for natural disasters, in addition to answering any questions you may have about hurricane/severe storm preparedness. The seminar speaks in detail about weather conditions, sheltering, and making a plan.

 

Check out Nassau County Office of Emergency Management’s website for hurricane preparedness information and emergency contacts.

 

www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OEM/prepare/emergency.html

 

The Nassau County Office of Emergency Management’s website offers general hurricane preparedness information plus links to emergency shelter locations, evacuation routes for Nassau residents, survival kit essentials, ways to protect pets and animals, disaster checklists to keep you prepared, disaster checklists for those with special needs, and emergency contact numbers.

 

 Visit Legislator Venditto’s webpage

Mangano And American Red Cross Urge Residents To Prepare For Hurricane Season

2014 Hurrican Preparedness

Chris Kutner, Red Cross Board Chair; Suffolk County FRES Commissioner Joe Williams; Long Island Red Cross CEO John Miller; Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone; Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano; Nassau County OEM Commissioner Craig Craft; Nassau County Chief Fire Marshal Scott Tusa

With the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season beginning June 1st, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the American Red Cross urge all residents to update or develop their Family Emergency Plan, Emergency Go-Kit and Family & Friends Sheltering Plan.

 

“Superstorm Sandy taught us that given our location as an island, we are vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean and susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes,” said County Executive Mangano. “It is critical that residents be prepared for hurricane season and take all hurricane warnings seriously. Don’t take any chances and make sure you Emergency Go-Kit and Family & Friends Sheltering Plan are in place and ready should Emergency Management officials determine your neighborhood must evacuate.”

 

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June to November, with peak season from mid-August to late October. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Climate Prediction Center is forecastinga near-normal or below-normal season. For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA predicts a 70% likelihood of 8 to 13 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 2 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). These numbers are near or below the seasonal averages of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes, based on the average from 1981 to 2010. The Atlantic hurricane region includes the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

 

An updated and accurate Family Emergency Plan is a key component to planning for Hurricane Season. 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. Practice your plan at least twice a year and update it according to any issues that arise.

 

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 in the event of a hurricane. To review Coastal Evacuation Areas, evacuation routes or learn additional hurricane preparedness information, please visit the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/OEM.

 

Residentsshould 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 their 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, combs
  • Newspapers 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:

  • A Family & Friends Sheltering Plan is recommended for anyone who resides in Nassau County south of Sunrise Highway or north of Route 25A. You should 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-Kit
  • Turn off all utilities
  • Take your most reliable vehicle and avoid taking multiple vehicles that create gridlock
  • Utilize evacuation routes listed at www.nassaucountyny.gov/OEM.

 

Nassau County residents know all too well the threats posed by Hurricane Season. For two of the last three years, the Island has been devastated by major storms. Now is the time to prepare. There are many useful resources available that every resident should utilize to help keep them prepared, including the Red Cross and NassauNow mobile apps for smartphones and tablets.

 

Visit County Executive Mangano’s webpage