2017 Hurricane Preparedness info and links

Nassau OEM flood zone and overlay. this may not take into account the easterly wind tidal buildup like we experienced in Sandy


Nassau OEM flood zone and overlay. This may not take into account the easterly wind tidal buildup like we experienced in Sandy

Since Sandy, I have been compiling info as it came along; hoping never to need it
..yet knowing a resource at all our fingertips was needed.
in 2015 I published the first edition of this which was viewed by hundreds before Hurricane Joaquin fizzled out.  With Irma approaching, and another storm right behind (update:now named Jose, and a third, Katia off Mexico), and while we still have much time to prepare, this info doesn’t do anyone any good sitting on my laptop.

bookmark this page so you have it IF you need it – it will be updated as often as possible.

This is not exhaustive, I hope you will contribute your information and if you have info to share please click here to contact us so we can update this post.

General info:

“If you’re going to wait for the government to tell you when to leave, you’re going to get stuck here.” – Fire Commissioner Andrew Richter
If evacuation is declared, there will be a steady wail of the fire department sirens. About 3 minutes long. Plus every half hour as necessary.

If evacuating- Everything south of Sunrise Highway will be evacuated and we have to go through it to get out.

Shelters- no pets. Make a plan.

Fire and Police Departments will stop going out at 45 mph winds for safety.

Hit up family members who have been coming to the beach to reserve your shelter needs now.

Secure your house and property. Put everything away -prevent your garbage cans and lawn furniture from crashing in your neighbors picture window.

MAKE A PLAN!!

https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

Steps to take to create a household emergency plan include the following:

  • Meet with your family and discuss how your family will respond to each possible emergency. Know how to contact all family members at all times. Think 24/7 + 365.
  • Discuss what to do in case of power outages or personal injuries
  • Draw a floor plan of your home. If possible, mark two escape routes from each room.
  • Select two places to meet: a spot outside your home for an emergency such as fire, and a place away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.
  • Identify an out-of-town friend or relative as your “emergency family check-in contact” for everyone to call if the family gets separated. Make sure all family members have the correct phone number. It is often easier to call out-of-town during an emergency than within the affected area.
  • Inspect your home for potential hazards – and correct them.
  • Have your family learn basic safety and first aid measures.
  • Keep family records in a waterproof and fireproof safe.
  • Have emergency supplies on hand.
  • Teach adults how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches. If for any reason you do turn off natural gas service to your home, call your natural gas utility to restore service. DO NOT attempt to restore gas service yourself.
  • Make arrangements for your pets. Most shelters do not allow pets. Prior to an emergency, contact your county or local emergency management office and ask them where you could leave your pet. Have ID, collar, leash and proof of vaccination for all pets. Have current photos of your pets in case they get lost.

BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT

From https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank 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
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

MY KIT ALSO CONTAINS

  • French press coffee maker and proper coffee grinds- it really will be a disaster if I gotta deal with one, and cant get a cuppa!
  • 1 or 2 gallon-size Ziploc Bags to cover your electronics, important items from getting wet

what about your needs????

 

Additional Emergency Supplies

Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:

  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit – EFFAK (PDF – 977Kb) https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1441313659995-38b0760a58131b871d494ddacbf52b6e/EFFAK_2015_508_enabled.pdfdeveloped by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from http://www.ready.gov/ (See Publications)
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

First Aid Kit

In any emergency a family member or you yourself may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.

Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.

  • Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Burn ointment
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies

Non-prescription drugs:

  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid
  • Laxative

Other first aid supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Supplies for Unique Needs – (you know what your unique needs are!)


Pets

Create a survival kit for your pet – ID collar/ rabies tag/ carrier/ Leash/ medications/ papers & trash bags/ bowls/ food/ water/ Vet records. Thanks to LBCOAD for extra links.

http://Ready.gov/animals

http://www.nassaucountyspca.org/petsafe.cfm


get alerts

http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/2920/Emergency-Notification-Sign-Up

http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/1627/Emergency-Preparedness

includes links for making a plan, make a kit, and Pets

Swift 911 emergency notification. at bottom of page you can get the App

http://www.townofhempstead.org/emergency-services/swift911-emergency-notification

Tracking breaking weather on your #mobile device?

Bookmark http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

http://t.co/m8zD3eIFzN

http://t.co/g0UdRtzEJV

http://t.co/4GCwdREW0g #hurrichat


Invaluable Links

Point Lookout-Lido FD number. 742 3300

hurricane info page http://pllfd.org/hurricane-information
Long Beach Fire Department

Emergency 516-889-7800

Non Emergency 516- 431-2434

https://m.facebook.com/longbeachfiredepartment

City of Long Beach website news

DHSES ENERGENCY KITS

http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/hurricane/

DHSES MAKE A PLAN

http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/hurricane/prepare.cfm

NOAA maps and flood maps

https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/

NOAA sea level rise

https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/slr

FEMA very good detailed lists

http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

NOAA tidal flooding info

https://coast.noaa.gov/tidalfloodingvis/story_html5.html

NYS prepare

http://www.nyprepare.gov

Ready.gov for kids, parents and educators

http://www.ready.gov/kids

Ready.gov family emergency plan

http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/FamEmePlan_2013.pdf

Communication plan templates

http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/34330

Parents and children Plan

http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/a260e5fb242216dc62ae380946806677/FEMA_plan_child_508_071513.pdf

Parents plan

http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/0e3ef555f66e22ab832e284f826c2e9e/FEMA_plan_parent_508_071513.pdf

Preparedness community page tons of links

http://community.fema.gov/


social media and smartphone communication

Communications redundancy
You MUST have a personal back-up communication system in place, so you want to have methods that have overlapping means of reaching you and you reaching out. Create a redundancy. so what if you temporarily get too many alerts?

If phone calls aren’t working, maybe you can still get texts and internet.

If you don’t get texts, or they aren’t working too, you want to have internet backup so that in case you find internet access, you will then be able to get and send your communications.

You want to set up a redundant system so if there is any possibility to, you can still communicate.

Set up group texts with everyone in your group. This is not facebook messenger, this is SMS and texts between phone numbers!

THEN have each member join with an additional text number that they can be reached at. You can get free texting and / or internet phone with the following FREE apps (theres others, but free gets everyone in your group involved.) This way you now have Internet backup in case regular phone texting isn’t working and many of these are checkable by computer, not just phone.

TextNow + Voice http://www.textnow.com/

Text Free: Real Phone Number Included (not the other version!!)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/text-free-texting-app-sms/id399355755?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pinger.textfree&hl=en

 

Good group messaging / collaborating app AND texting

Group me app https://groupme.com/

set up group texting via Internet and voice over Internet calling as well

FREE Smartphone FEMA App

Be prepared and download the FEMA app for free on the App Store and Google Play. Learn what to do before, during, and after emergencies with safety tips & receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.

What you should know about the FEMA App

  • With hurricane season continuing through November 30, the FEMA app is an essential tool to help your family weather the storm, nationwide.
  • Receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.
  • Learn what to do before, during and after emergencies with safety tips.
  • Share disaster damage photos on a verified photo-sharing platform.
  • Prepare ahead of time with an emergency kit checklist and safety reminders.
  • Get directions to open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person.
  • Nearly half a million Americans already have the FEMA app.
  • Download free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Direct Links for Downloading the FEMA App

swift 911

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swift911-mobile/id874537885?mt=8

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/swift911-mobile/9wzdncrdmbx6

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.srn.swift911public

 

Hurricane by American Red Cross App

Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross – A hurricane tracker app available for iPhone and Android. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.

From your mobile phone, call “**REDCROSS” (**73327677) and we will send you a link to download the hurricane tracking app to your iPhone or Android device or you can download them directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

Features

-One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way

-Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories users can share on social networks

-Remote monitoring of personalized weather alerts where family and friends reside

-Locations of open Red Cross shelters

-Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan

-Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps even without mobile connectivity

-Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm

-Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks

Facebook Groups

set up a Facebook Group for your friends and family with email or (preferably) text notifications for every post. This is when someone posts, all are notified of the post via another means BEYOND facebook. If you cant get the internet to see facebook, you may  still receive texts, so you will still get and post the information.

https://www.facebook.com/about/groups


You did all that? Good!

Now consider those who need a little extra help during emergencies and make a plan to help them, maybe even do it with them!!!


LIPA /PSEG LI

customer service: 1-800-490-0025
please call 800-490-0075 or 631-755-6900 for downed wires, poles and power outages.

LIPA / PSEG LI notifications: Register your cell phone so that you can keep on top of power outage & restoration updates!

Use your mobile phone to textREG” to 47734 (4PSEG), to register for alerts

Text OUT to PSEGLI (773454) – PSEG Long Island to report outages

Report By Telephone Icon. Call 1-800-490-0075. Report an outage or electrical …

If you lose power, be sure to unplug your electronics from the wall so they do not get damaged in a possible power surge.

 

what else am i missing???

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Stay or Go? Know When the Storm Comes 

Do you want to learn more about hurricanes and evacuations? Sea Grant made a video about this project (among others in the Coastal Storm Awareness Program) showing on July 14th!

There will be two screenings at the Long Beach public library: 2p and 7:30p with some amazing panelists and Spanish interpretation. Please check it out!
See the movie trailer here: http://www.nyseagrant.org/csap 

Santino Declares State of Emergency: Jonas 2016

From Town of Hempstead Supervisor Santino:

Santino Declares State of Emergency; Town Crews Poised to Respond to Storm; Programs to be Cancelled

Hempstead Town’s snow salting and plowing crews are poised to respond as this year’s first major snowstorm approaches our area. A projected major winter blizzard has prompted Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino to announce a State of Emergency effective 11 p.m. on Friday evening, January 22nd. The town will be cancelling all Parks Department and ANCHOR programs and registrations starting tomorrow, Saturday, January 23rd through Sunday, January 24th. Additionally, town Civil Service exams scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd are cancelled and will be rescheduled. A Monday, January 25th meeting of the Town Village Aircraft Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) has been cancelled. Further, Hempstead Town’s Department of Senior Enrichment programs and transportation will be cancelled for Monday, January 25th.

“The town’s snow team is ready to work to ensure that our roadways are safe and clear,” said Santino. “I am declaring a State of Emergency, requesting that all cars be removed from roadways, and I urge all motorists to limit travel to emergency situations.”
The town is requesting that homeowners remove cars from roadways so that town snow removal crews can effectively and efficiently salt and plow streets. TheSupervisor cautioned residents to limit exposure to the elements as temperatures drop. Frigid temperatures and high windsareforecasted to accompanythe storm. Santino also advised motorists that high winds may create “white out” conditions, which can severely limit visibility. Further, the town reminds residents to place shoveled or blown snow from sidewalks and driveways onto their property, not into local streets.
“We will be doing our part to keep neighbors safe and roads clear,” concluded Santino. “Residents can help by removing cars from roadways and by making sure that snow that is shoveled or blown from walkways and driveways remains on resident’s property. Under no circumstances should snow be placed onto public roadways.”

Local response to Newsday’s Promotion Of South Nassau’s Poll

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From Beach to Bay Civic :

Long Beach Barrier Island and Island Park residents are NOT satisfied with South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Proposal
  

Newsday article “Long Beach care OK: Poll” (Tuesday, January 19) was important as it can serve as the foundation for further discussion and planning.

 Beach to Bay Civic appreciates the questions that were asked; however, two very significant population groups were not included in the survey: 1) the very vulnerable and fragile nursing home population constituting 5% of the total barrier island; and 2) the summer influx of visitors which nearly doubles the population in need of health care. At the same time, several key questions were not asked, skewing the results and offering an incomplete view of the real needs and priorities of the residents… Of the 20 questions on the SNCH survey, 8 related to a Primary Care Physician, 3 pertained to Emergency Room, 4 were demographic questions, and only two questions asked about a Hospital. . No questions were asked about transportation difficulties, and there were no questions related to the problems of chronic disease such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease. 

Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Long Beach barrier island Hospital! Based on our discussion with various community groups, businesses and elected officials there is a recurring theme: Long Beach needs a Hospital – we presently have over a thousand petitions signed that express this need.
South Nassau’s survey is incomplete and inadequate. Here are some questions we think need to be asked:
– Emergency Room Capabilities: The new Emergency Room cannot accept ambulances with patients who have any of 9 medical conditions, including trauma, stroke, active labor and isolated hip fractures. Ambulances are required to bring these patients to either Oceanside or elsewhere. Are you satisfied with that level of medical care?
 
– Hospital Beds: South Nassau proposes to have no Hospital beds on Long Beach, requiring Hospitalization at their Oceanside Hospital. Do you believe that medical care for you or your family would be best served at a Long Beach Hospital or an Oceanside Hospital?
 
– Medical Pavilion: South Nassau has proposed a $40 million Medical Arts Pavilion to be built on the site of the former Long Beach Medical Center. The proposed Pavilion can treat patients who require dialysis, occupational therapy, behavioral problems (psychiatric and drug problems) and office space, but not include any Hospital beds. This means procedures requiring Hospital beds must be completed either in Oceanside or elsewhere. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposed level of medical care?
 

– Loss of Doctors: Long Beach has lost almost half of its primary care physicians since Sandy, since Doctors tend to conduct business where there is a Hospital. Has this loss of Long Beach doctors affected your level of medical care? Is this a worrisome problem for you?
 
– Travel impact: Will your medical care be negatively impacted if the only Hospital facility is located in Oceanside or another site off the barrier island? Does the fact that you must travel to Oceanside to obtain hospital care constitute a difficult or impossible burden for you?

 

– FEMA Funds: FEMA has approved over $150 million to “rebuild an essential facility at the former Long Beach Medical Center site”. The South Nassau proposal only plans to spend $40 million on the Long Beach site, with the $100 million balance spent at the South Nassau Oceanside site. Do you think your level of medical care is best served by a Hospital in Long Beach or Oceanside? Do you think that this is a fair and responsible use of your tax dollars?*

 

[*The reason we believe these survey questions are needed is that South Nassau’s own research highlights these problems).

 

We also believe it is necessary for South Nassau to involve the community to a greater degree in proposals and planning. Last week South Nassau had 30 community representatives listen to a “preliminary Community Health Needs Assessment”. The meeting was beneficial, since it presented important information regarding our community’s health needs and enabled some questions to be asked. However, this was far different from having the community involved in planning its own health care future and having any say in the spending of its tax dollars.

South Nassau was asked by the community leaders to make available their slides, financial models, survey results, and raw data, but they have not agreed to do so.
This request for transparency would go a long way in improving the understanding and support for proposals, and might result in improved recommendations.
Bottom line: the barrier island Civics do agree that surveys and community discussions are desirable and beneficial. However, South Nassau needs to focus on issues important to the community, and involve the community in planning and decision-making.
Together is always better!

Thank you.
Barbara Bernardino, President 

Ed Glister, Project Manager 

Dr. Marty Gruber, Director of Research 

Phyllis Libutti, Vice President