2015 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(and as of 10/1/15 has been going for almost 1 week unrelated to a hurricane)

Nassau OEM flood zone and overlay. This may not take into account the easterly wind tidal buildup like we experienced in Sandy(and as of 10/1/15 has been going for almost 1 week unrelated to a hurricane)

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. 
With Joaquin approaching, and still time to prepare, this info doesn’t do anyone any good sitting on my laptop.

click here to bookmark this page – it will be updated as often as possible.

  This is not exhaustive, if you have info to share please click contact us at the link above so we can update this post.

General info:

“If youre 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. 



From http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-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



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!


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) http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1858-25045-8753/p_532.pdf_1_.pdf developed 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 this web site 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!)


 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. 





get alerts



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


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


Tracking breaking weather on your #mobile device? Bookmark 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


City of Long Beach website news






NOAA maps and flood maps



NOAA sea level rise



FEMA very good detailed lists



NOAA tidal flooding info



NYS prepare



Ready.gov for kids, parents and educators



Ready.gov family emergency plan



Communication plan templates



Parents and children Plan



Parents plan



Preparedness community page tons of links




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!!)


Good group app AND texting

Group me app  https://groupme.com/

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

FREE Smartphone Apps

You can also use the FEMA text message program to receive a link for the FEMA smartphone app for your specific mobile device. We’ll reply with a link back to your phone’s specific app store.

Apple devices: text APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA)

Android devices: text ANDROID to 43362 (4FEMA)

Blackberry devices: text BLACKBERRY to 43362 (4FEMA)


swift 911






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.


-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.




You did all that? Good! Now consider those who need a little extra help during emergencies and make a plan to help them


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.


Guest Post: Children’s day


By: Chloe Brown

What is Children’s Day?

Children’s Day is the best day of the summer! It always has been and always will be. That is because the people of our beloved town, Point Lookout, come together “to put the icing on the cake called summer.”

Just over 80 years ago, Children’s day started at our very own Point Lookout beach. When this day first started, there were only two events, running and swimming. I spoke to former children’s day participant, Margaret Dougherty, who had said the day was running, swimming, getting watermelon and only vanilla ice cream cups. Then, later in the day, they gave out first, second, and third place trophies; When Margaret’s father was a kid, one of the only prizes was a pencil.

Eventually Children’s Day progressed to adding another event, the egg toss, for the parents. “One year I dressed up as my mom for the egg toss. I wore my mom’s terry cloth robe, big straw hat, and her big, green, plastic earrings.” This is a story that is cherished from Children’s Day.

Over the years, more events gradually became part of Children’s Day. Now, the events are: running, swimming, boogie boarding, the egg toss, sack races, the sand castle contest and many more events and activities! There is also a barbeque at the end of the day for everyone to enjoy along with a DJ for the kids. To make this day happen, it is truly a community effort!

What new stories will be created this children’s day and live on for generations? What will Children’s Day hold for he future? Let’s find out!

Schumer and Murray Kick-Off Point Lookout Beach Season


Hempstead Town Beaches are Back! Schumer and Murray Kick-Off Beach Season, Invite Beachgoers to Visit Restored Shoreline

From the Town of Hempstead:

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray proudly toured Point Lookout beaches that have been restored from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. The second summer since the Superstorm witnessed Schumer and Murray welcoming neighbors back to the ocean for the start of the beach season. Partnering on shorefront restoration, the Senator successfully recruited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Jones Inlet and place the sand siphoned from the clogged waterway onto the local beachfront. Murray oversaw a town beach restoration program that included distributing Army Corps sand that was placed on the Point Lookout shorefront to other sand-starved locations, the rebuilding of sand dunes and the planting of beach grass to preserve fragile dunes that protect area homes and businesses. The town also performed extensive sand dune restoration and beach replenishment in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“Senator Schumer has been one of the best friends that beachgoers and those who live by the water could have,” stated Murray. “The Senator’s strong and persuasive voice ensured that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged the sand-clogged Jones Inlet and deposited desperately needed sand onto the storm-wracked Point Lookout coast. Thank you Senator Schumer.”

During this past winter, Schumer succeeded in having the Army Corps remove 680,000 cubic yards of sand from the Jones Inlet, simultaneously pumping that sand onto Point Lookout beaches. There were two primary benefits of the project. First, the sand-clogged inlet is now clear, removing a serious hazard to navigation for boaters. Second, the sand that was removed from the navigational channel was deposited on Point Lookout beaches, adding coastline for beachgoers and increasing the protective sand barrier between local homes and the Atlantic Ocean.

“I could not ask for a better partner in the critical and ongoing restoration of the beaches in the Town of Hempstead than Supervisor Kate Murray,” said U.S. Senator Schumer. “Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on Jones Inlet, Point Lookout, Lido and East Atlantic Beach, and after working with the Army Corps to dredge, replenish the sand and restore dunes at these beaches, it’s great to welcome local beachgoers and tourists back this season.”

While the Senator delivered the valuable $10 million Army Corps project to the barrier island in Hempstead Town, Supervisor Murray directed the township’s Conservation and Waterways Department to “dovetail” its operations with the federal project. In direct coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project that took place between February and March of 2014, town crews moved 50,000 cubic yards of sand west from the point where it was deposited by the Army Corps dredging operation, restoring eroded beaches and dunes. Dune restoration and beach replenishment was concentrated along Civic Beach, Middle Beach and Town Park Point Lookout, as well as other locations to the west of Point Lookout. Sand was replaced at the undermined lifeguard offices at Point Lookout, cabana areas at the same beach and along the protective dune structure.

Complementing the placement of sand and the restoration of sand dunes, Hempstead Town procured 250,000 beach grass plants (ammophila breviligulata) which were planted on dunes in Civic Beach, Lido ANCHOR Beach and East Atlantic Beach. The beach grass has a dense root structure which stabilizes sand dunes and literally prevents the sand from blowing away. The plants also fortify the dunes to protect them from washing away during storms. Town officials are poised to continue planting beach grass during upcoming fall planting season with the assistance of local community groups.

“It is a pleasure to partner with Senator Schumer to restore our coastline for beachgoers,” stated Murray. “What’s more, collaborating to restore sand dunes along the coast will make sure homeowners and businesses have a greater degree of protection from tidal storm surges.”

Schumer and Murray observed that the beachfront distance from dune to waterline has doubled in many areas as a result of their joint work along the barrier island. Additionally, the officials reaffirmed their mutual commitment to the Long Beach Island Project, an almost $180 million initiative, that is anticipated to commence in March of 2015. The effort includes restoration of existing stone groins (jetties), construction of new groins, replenishment of sand along coastal beaches and other engineered work to protect coastal communities during major storms.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this banner day for The Town of Hempstead,” said U.S. Senator Schumer.

“We’re here today to tell everyone that the beaches are back and better than ever,” concluded Murray. “Grab the sunscreen, put on your bathing suit and visit one of Hempstead Town’s beautiful beaches now.”

Leashed Common Denominator


A reader asks:
“Just wondering if you have any idea who i should call about a very aggressive dog that has charged me 3x over the past month?

It has tags but freely roams the street. Just worried it is going to hurt a child or an elderly person.. ”


📷 Photo of the Week : 2014-22

"Alternate Depths" taken November 6, 2013 at Point Lookout Second Beach, Point Lookout, NY with

“Alternate Depths” taken November 6, 2013 at Point Lookout Second Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5.

I usually like to keep it real, or at lest close. I was playing with the edit on this shot and i just like it this far done. Don’t get me wrong… I’ve been playing with the edit on this for 5 months now. I’ve returned to it so many times, it’s just time for a freaky edit. It reminds me of some kind of 70’s velvet black light poster, glow already included.