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Be Safe in Severe Weather

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While hurricane season may be almost over, don't let your guard down - officially, hurricane season ends Nov. 30.  But, even without a hurricane, we can still be susceptible to flooding with heavy rainfall.

Flood Awareness
The New York State Office of Emergency Management has prepared a comprehensive document reviewing what to do in the event of a flood.

Heavy rains can produce flooding
The county's Department of Emergency Services has put together these safety tips on what to do if flooding should occur:

  • Learn the safest route from your home or business to high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry. During major rain storms, many of Westchester's parkways and roadways can become flooded. Be sure to observe flood safety rules; they could save your life.
  • Develop an emergency plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated. Know what to do and when to do it.
  • Prepare and have readily available a Go Bag.
  • Make an itemized list of all valuables including furnishings, clothing, and other personal property. If possible, take photos of your items. Keep the list in a safe place.
  • Plan what to do with your pets.
  • Keep your automobile fueled. If electric power is cut off, gasoline stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. Have a small kit of disaster supplies in the trunk of your car.
  • Find out how many feet your property is above and below possible flood levels. When predicted flood levels are broadcast, you can determine if you may be flooded.
  • Have emergency waterproofing supplies on hand, including sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber.

Winter Weather Awareness
Don't forget, too, that now's also the time to prepare for winter weather; and it's always good to be prepared well in advance.