July 29, 2013



An Important Safety Update from Legislator Francis X. Becker, Jr.


The hurricane season for Nassau County began on June 1st  and continues through November 30th.   The best way to protect your family and pets during a major storm or emergency is to be prepared ahead of time.

Please do all that you can to prepare your household for the impact of a hurricane. Legislator Becker reminds you that although we cannot prevent hurricanes, we can certainly prepare for them by creating an emergency plan ahead of time for you and your family that will help you to stay organized.

Hurricane Categories

Category 5 - Catastrophic Damage: Andrew (1992), Camille (1969)

Winds greater than 155 mph with more excessive damage such as overturned housing and buildings. Mass evacuation of residential areas may be necessary.

Category 4 - Extreme Damage: Charley (2004), Hugo (1989)

Winds of 131-155 mph and a mass evacuation of residential areas may be necessary.

Category 3 - Extensive Damage: Long Island Express (1938), Great Hurricane of 1944, Edna (1954), Donna (1960), Katrina (2005)

Winds of 111-130 mph with damage to buildings. Evacuation of low-lying residences within several blocks of shoreline possibly required.

Category 2 - Moderate Damage: Bob (1991)

Winds of 96-110 mph with considerable damage to housing.

Category 1 - Minimal Damage: Gloria (1985)

Winds of 74-95 mph with damage to shrubbery and flooding on coastal roads.

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


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.



Long Island Power Authority               1-800-490-0075

American Red Cross............................... 516-747-3500

N.C. Office of Emergency Management 516-573-0636

Nassau County Police............................. 516-573-8800

Town of Hempstead .............................. 516-489-5000

Town of North Hempstead                      516-627-0590

Town of Oyster Bay .............................. 516-677-5757



American Red Cross (Nassau & Suffolk): www.nyredcross.org

Federal Emergency Management Agency:   www.fema.gov

National Hurricane Center:   www.nhc.noaa.gov

National Weather Service:   www.nws.noaa.gov

NYS Emergency Management Office:  www.semo.state.ny.us

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

~  Water, one gallon per person per day for at least 3 days, for drinking and sanitation

~  Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

~  Battery-powered or hand crank radio

~  First Aid Kit     

~  Flashlight and extra batteries 

~  Dust masks

~  Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

~  Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

~  Can opener for food

~  Local maps

~  Whistle to signal for help

~  Cash or traveler’s checks and change

~  Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Remember: Nassau County Hurricane Season Runs From June 1st to November 30th