..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.
“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!!
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
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
- 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
- Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
Other first aid supplies:
- 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.
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?
Point Lookout-Lido FD number. 742 3300
hurricane info page http://pllfd.org/hurricane-information
Long Beach Fire Department
Non Emergency 516- 431-2434
DHSES ENERGENCY KITS
DHSES MAKE A PLAN
NOAA maps and flood maps
NOAA sea level rise
FEMA very good detailed lists
NOAA tidal flooding info
Ready.gov for kids, parents and educators
Ready.gov family emergency plan
Communication plan templates
Parents and children Plan
Preparedness community page tons of links
social media and smartphone communication
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 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
- FEMA App on the Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fema/id474807486?mt=8
- FEMA App on Google Play for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.fema.mobile.android&hl=en
- FEMA App landing page on FEMA.gov: fema.gov/mobile-app
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
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, maybe even do it with them!!!
LIPA /PSEG LI
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 text “REG” 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???