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Be Safe in Severe Weather

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While hurrican season seems far off, it is always good to be prepared well in advance.

If you live in an area susceptible to hurricanes, the time to prepare for a hurricane disaster is before it hits.

When a hurricane is approaching, residents are strongly encouraged to prepare for possible heavy rains and other severe weather.

Hurricane Evacuation Zones
Using Westchester's Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone.

Read up and share with your family how to handle potential power failures, flooding and the potential affects of strong winds.

The difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning
It is also helpful to understand the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning. Preparing for hurricanes and tropical storms, particularly in Westchester's coastal areas, means creating a family plan.

Hurricanes often product heavy rains, which can mean flooding
In light of the impending heavy rains in the forecast, here are some some safety tips put together by the county's Department of Emergency Services:

  • 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.

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.