Do you Have your Emergency Plan?
We native Long Islanders are growing more and more familiar with storm watches and making sure to be prepared. Here are some great tips from https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/22536 on what to do before and during a hurricane:
Before a Hurricane:
- Know your Zone: Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation area by contacting your local government/emergency management office.
- Have a Family Emergency Plan: Before an emergency happens, decide how you will get into contact with loved one, where you will go and what you will do. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supplies kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.
- Put Together an Emergency Supplies Kit: Put together a basic disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations. Check emergency equipment such flashlights, generators, and storm shutters.
- Review your Homeowners Insurance: Review your policy to ensure that you have adequate storm coverage for your home.
- Understand the Difference Between Watches and Warnings: A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within your area. A watch is issued 48 hours before the anticipated tropical-storm-force winds. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the specified area. A warning is issued 36 hours in advance of tropical-storm-force winds.
During a Hurricane:
- Secure your Home: Cover all you home's windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8 inch exterior grade or marine plywood, built to fit and ready to install. Buy supplies before the hurricane season rather than waiting for the pre-store rush.
- Stay Tuned in: Check the websites of your local National Weather Service office and Nassau County's emergency management office. Find out what type of emergencies could occur and how you should respond. Listen to the radio or TV stations for the latest storm news
- Follow Instructions Issued by Local Officials: Leave immediately if ordered.
After it is safe to return home be sure to contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside for all of your storm restoration needs!