Mangano Urges Residents To Be Hurricane-Ready

National Hurricane Preparedness Week Begins

Recognizing National Hurricane Preparedness Week, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today reminded residents about the importance of assembling a “Go Kit,” in the event of a hurricane watch or warning. This year, National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs May 27th through June 2nd. The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will begin on June 1st.

“Given our location as an island left vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island is susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes, which is why it is important for every Nassau County resident to be prepared for the storm season,” said County Executive Mangano. “Residents should take each and every hurricane warning seriously and have a plan in place for their family. Don’t take any chances.”

Kits should be kept by front doors in a duffel bag and include enough supplies for everyone in the household for five (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.

Many people consider their pets family members, too. Make sure your pets are taken care of with 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

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://nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OEM/.