2017-08-02 / Front Page

Weathering The NYC Hurricane Season

By Liz Goff
Nothing changes like the weather, especially during hurricane season when strong winds and flash flooding can wreak havoc on local neighborhoods.

Meteorologists agree that severe weather should be taken very seriously, since it can be dangerous to you, your pets and your property. Hurricane season officially began in New York City on June 1, but real New Yorkers know that hurricanes usually occur in the Big Apple in the months of August, September and October.

Superstorm Sandy caught us off guard and taught us a lesson in being prepared for a great storm. Dozens of families remain homeless awaiting completion of repair, renovation, or rebuilding of homes destroyed by the storm’s fury.

The city’s Office of Emergency Management has prepared a guide for residents containing tips on how to prepare for a major storm. “Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City” offers tips for setting up emergency food and medical supply kits, how to prepare a “Go-Bag” for hurricane evacuation, how to secure your home and prepare disaster plans and locations of likely flood zones in Queens.

The guide also provides a list of evacuation centers located throughout Queens neighborhoods.

The guide is available in 12 languages on OEM’s website at www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/ready/hurricaneguide or by calling 311.

Queens residents are also urged to sign up to receive emergency updates online or by email, text or phone messages through the city’s “Notify NYC” program or at www.nyc.gov.notifynyc. Additional information on how to cope with changing weather is also available at www.nationalweatherservice.com.

 

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