It is important to be prepared for hurricane season, which runs from June to November. Below is some useful information on hurricane preparedness. To receive emergency updates from NY-ALERT, please subscribe here.
- Create an emergency supply kit.
- 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.
- Review any insurance policies.
- Fill up your car's gas tank.
During a Hurricane:
- 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 freezor to the coldest setting and keep closed as much as possible, in case of power outages.
- Turn of 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
- 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
Emergency Phone Numbers You Should Know
American Red Cross: 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
American Red Cross Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter: (518) 458-8111
New York State Regional Emergency Services: (845) 454-0430
Orange County Emergency Management: (845) 291-4000
Putnam County Emergency Management: (845) 808-4000
Dutchess County Emergency Management: (845) 486-2080
Westchester County Emergency Management: (914) 231-1900
Gas Emergency Hotline: 1 (800) 533-5325
Power Hotline: 1 (877) 434-4100
For assistance in the aftermath of a hurricane, please visit our Disaster Assistance Resource Page, or you can contact me for assistance in dealing with federal agencies especially in the aftermath of a natural disaster, so if you need any additional information, please call my Newburgh office at 845-561-1259 or fill out this form.