COVID-19 and Hurricane Preparedness
- Allow yourself more time to gather supplies for your emergency preparedness kit.
- Limit in-person trips to gather food, medicine, and other supplies. Curbside pickup and home delivery are the safest options to obtain supplies.
- When checking on neighbors, family members, and others, follow social distancing guidelines. Make sure to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others. Wash your hands and sanitize surfaces.
- If you need to seek shelter in a designated disaster shelter, confirm that the location is correct and follow social distancing guidelines inside the shelter.
- Gather an emergency supply kit for your pets, if your disaster shelter accepts them.
- Remember that utility services may take longer to restore power and gas services during the pandemic.
It’s important for New Yorkers to be prepared for hurricane season, which runs from June to November. Below is some useful information on hurricane preparedness, including steps to create a hurricane preparedness plan and contact information for disaster response and relief agencies. To receive emergency updates from NY-ALERT, please subscribe here.
NOTE: If you are experiencing a potentially life-threatening emergency, CALL 911 immediately.
- Create an emergency supply kit with enough materials for 7-10 days.
- Create and discuss an evacuation plan with your family. Include routes to local shelters, and plans for pets and family members with special medical needs. Remember, you may not have access to everyday conveniences in an emergency. Consider how you’ll contact family members and others in your emergency plan, as well as the modes of transportation that you could use.
- Review any insurance policies.
- Fill up your car's gas tank.
- If you or a loved one are dependent on life-saving medical machines, like ventilators and life support machines, be sure to reach out to your power company and make sure they know you are a medical priority. You can also call our district office at 845-561-1259.
- Listen to the radio for critical information from the National Weather Service, or sign up for NY-ALERT.
- Check emergency supply kit.
- Bring inside anything that could be picked up by the wind.
- Close all windows and doors. Close and board up all windows and doors with plywood, if you do not have hurricane shutters.
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible, in case of power outages.
- Turn off propane tank.
- Unplug small appliances.
- Listen to and follow evacuation orders, or any other emergency notifications.
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First Aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Face coverings
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food
- Warm bedding and clothing, if temperature requires
- Rain gear
- Cash, travelers checks, or change
- Paper towels
- Fire extinguisher
- Disinfectant, bleach and mosquito repellent
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- Important documents including: Insurance policies, personal identification, and bank account s
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