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.



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.


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


  • 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!)


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://www.nhc.noaa.gov/



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 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





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, maybe even do it with 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.


what else am i missing???


Long Beach To Fight Port Ambrose LNG Facility


With the threat of a newly revitalized approval process looming, The Long Beach City Council has unanimously decided to officially and publicly oppose the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas project proposed off Long Beach and our Barrier Island.

Long Beach City Council will speak at this public meeting:

Community Meeting – Port Ambrose Resolution Announcement
Monday 12/8/14 7:30pm
Long Beach Public Library,
111 Park Ave. Long Beach, NY 11561

RSVP for The event on facebook here

Click here for the official City of Long Beach web page about their fight against Port Ambrose:


After similar proposals had been shot down 3 times previous, I had first featured the project in June of 2013
please see our previous posts :

“Liquid Natural Gas Port Off Pt Lookout!?”


“LNG: They Said It Couldn’t Happen”

Back then, on very short notice, the sole public hearing was scheduled to coincide with the 4th of July weekend. Public outcry did force the date to a more accessible time a week later.

400 people went to speak against the project. .
25,000 comments were lodged Against the project
17 comments were lodged In Favor of the project.

Sometime shortly after that, the company’s paperwork was so atrocious, the Maritime Administration took the unheard of measure of “stopping the clock” on the project’s approval timeframe, instead of rejecting the project.

The company seems poised to return to continue the process where they left off. Opposition is building once again in anticipation of that.

Army Corps Final Draft Plan Presentation

Cover image of draft plan presentation  from US Army Corps of Engineers

Cover image of draft plan presentation from US Army Corps of Engineers

Follow up from last Thursday’s presentation in Long Beach.
I couldn’t make it and I am to take it no one else did? Please let us know if you did and if there is any information we need to know.

The City of Long Beach posted today the US Army Corps of Engineers final plan presentation for the barrier island project from Jones Inlet to East Rockaway Inlet, Long Beach Barrier Island. That’s us.

Find the presentation here: US Army Corps of Engineers Atlantic Coast of Long Island, Jones Inlet to East Rockaway Inlet…

Long Beach Animal Shelter is Back

Long Beach Municipal Animal Shelter
770 Park Place
Long Beach NY
(516) 431 4359

M-F 10-5
Sat & Sun 11-4

follow on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/longbeachnyanimalshelter

The Long Beach Animal Shelter crew

the crew on duty: (clockwise from top left) Brian Biller, Peggy Maier, Debbie Ferry, Valerie Duffy and Nikko

A few days ago it came to my attention that the Long Beach Animal Shelter is back. Coincidentally I had to pass by today, had a few minutes, and stopped in to see what’s going on.

Now under the control of Long Beach City Animal Control officers, it looks to me like the place is being well-run, well-kept, clean and the animals are well cared for.

There are 2 animal control officers, a lieutenant, two employees plus many volunteers who do numerous duties from feeding and walking the dogs to training.

I spoke with animal control officer Brian Biller.

He hopes for “the residents to come in and see what their shelter is doing… since it’s being city-run again. ”

“The residents are very supportive. Long Beach is a big animal lover community.” He says the shelter has “really come a long way – in a positive way”

“The biggest challenge that we’re facing is that people don’t know that we are reopened. There are so many great adult cats and dogs that really need homes. People don’t realize it’s easier to adopt” rather than buy.

Franklin welcomed me before he left for his walk. At long Beach Animal Shelter.

Franklin welcomed me before he left for his walk. At long Beach Animal Shelter.

He explains because of what they do at the shelter the animals are usually housebroken and socialized with some training to make the adoption process much smoother.

The extensive veterinary care that the animals receive for any problems that arise, also includes shots, neutering and spaying. Full medical histories are available on the animals.  Also they have staggered work hours so the animals are not left for long periods of time unattended.

When people are looking to adopt, just come down and fill out an adoption application. “We try and find a dog that suits them. We know these dogs very well” he says “we always try to find the right fit”.

The prices are all set by the City Clerks office. He says “an eight month old male …is only $60, and that comes with being neutered, rabies vaccinations” and certificate that he’s all healthy.

“Why pay thousands of dollars ..for a dog when you can get one for $60-$70 that’s trained and housebroken and has all it’s shots?”

In the short time I was there speaking with him, multiple dogs were being walked – one after the other after the next.

“The socialization factor here is really great” for the animals he says.

He also says they have a volunteer trainer who has saved numerous dogs from being turned into the shelter in the first place, or being returned by helping the family and dog learn to work together before surrendering the dogs. That trainer has only asked for donations to the shelter in lieu of payment.

They need volunteers.

Some, like Peggy, come in and walk the dogs. Some socialize the cats, some clean, some help give the medications. There’s much to do.

Volunteers are needed. Call 431-4359 and they’ll help you fill out a volunteer application.

Taking the tour.

Brian was (rightfully) proud to show me all areas were clean. Some were obviously already clean and were now being sanitized as well. This was already happening before I got there so it wasn’t just for show. Back rooms, storage and outside play areas were all neat, organized, and clean.

Every cat wanted to know what my pants felt like if they rubbed up on them.

Every cat wanted to know what my pants felt like if they rubbed up on them- at Long Beach Animal Shelter.

In our travels he brought me into their “cage-free” cat room, which looked more like a free-range playroom for cats with lots of cat beds, and things meant to be climbed. There were 5 or 6 litter boxes – all clean.   The cats were extremely social and friendly-my feet were surrounded by an inquisitive furry squad – in a good way.

In the kennel area the dogs had special trampoline-like beds. Brian explained these beds keep them off the floor and provide  better comfort and protection. They are easy to keep clean and in fact were a donation and more are pledged to be donated soon.

“I would love for people to come in here just to see (the place) and adopt. There are so many great dogs that we have here.”

He wants everyone to know you can get these great cats and dogs at an affordable price. “And you are doing such a good deed by taking (them), especially after Sandy. A lot of these animals are still here from Sandy.”

Donations are always welcome especially wet cat food and litter seem to go faster than the rest.

So, go down and see them.  Like them on Facebook at the link above to stay posted from them.

If you can, give a new friend a forever home, too.
Either way, let everyone know the Long Beach Animal Shelter is back.