Abrahams and Nassau Red Cross Offer Hurricane Preparation Tips
Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) joined the Nassau Red Cross in providing residents with a few safety tips to remember and precautions to take to ensure the safety of you and your family during a hurricane emergency.
“With the fun of summer comes the danger of hurricanes, so it is imperative that all Nassau County residents take the necessary steps to make sure this summer remains a safe one,” Abrahams said.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, according to the Nassau Red Cross. Though hurricanes traditionally do not strike the Northeast until late July or August, when ocean temperatures are warmer, it is important to begin planning now.
- Prepare a disaster kit for your home. Stock up on non-perishable food and water to sustain you and your family for 72 hours or longer. Ensure you have important papers (insurance, identification), first aid kit, prescription medication and other specialty items. Also have an emergency kit for your car in case you need to evacuate. Remember to pack necessary items for your pet.
- Create an emergency plan. Know what to do if you have to evacuate. Make sure you know how to contact members of your family and have an emergency contact number for someone out of state who knows where you are in the event of an emergency. You may also want to offer assistance to an elderly or disabled family member or neighbor who may be alone. Practice your plans ahead of time.
- Be informed. Know your evacuation routes and listen to local authorities when asked to evacuate. Speak with an insurance agent about floor insurance and review your homeowner’s policy.
- Get involved. Contact your local Red Cross chapter to learn what efforts your community is taking to prepare for hurricane season, and learn how you can help. It is possible to receive free training and there are opportunities to assist your neighbors as a shelter volunteer. Visit the Red Cross web site at www.nassauredcross.org to learn more.