2011-08-24 / General Stories
The hurricane/coastal storm season in New York State began on June 1 and runs through November 30. Although it is premature to predict the actual path of Hurricane Irene, residents here in Putnam County, need to begin taking steps to prepare themselves and their families for this storm.
Past history reveals that the entire state, from Montauk to Buffalo, is vulnerable to the effect of hurricanes in Atlantic coastal areas and may experience extensive flooding if a storm moves inland.
Residents are urged to be prepared to be without electricity and have food and medical supplies in house to last for several days.
Evacuation plans are typically in place for coastal areas and we are not anticipating evacuations will be necessary for the residents in Putnam County. Listed below are some steps that you should begin to take now:
· Make sure that you have enough non-perishable food and water supplies on hand.
· Have at least a week’s supply of medications on hand.
· Make sure you have working flashlights and a battery operated radio.
· Stay tuned to your local radio station for weather updates and emergency information.
· Obtain and store materials, such as plywood, necessary to properly secure your home if necessary.
· Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
· Secure lawn furniture and any loose objects in your yard.
· Review your insurance policy.
· Know the hurricane risks in your area. Learn the storm surge history and elevation of your area.
· Make plans now on what to do with your pets should you be required to evacuate your home. Public health regulations do not allow pets in public shelters, nor do most hotels/motels allow them. Contact your local emergency management office to inquire if sheltering plans include pets. Always plan in advance for shelter alternatives that work for you and your pets.