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???


Project Hope comes to Lido Beach and Point Lookout.

Project Hope coming to LIDO Firehouse Tuesday March 19. 2013

Project Hope coming to LIDO Firehouse Tuesday March 19. 2013 @ 7:30PM

When Point Lookout Fire Chief Chas Thompson spoke at this weeks Civic Association meeting he introduced a new program available to all residents of Lido Beach and Point Lookout.

For many, the months after Sandy have become a time to seek support in the effort to move forward and work through the overwhelming task of rebuilding their lives.

Project Hope, a community-based, neighbor-to-neighbor support system, helps individuals move forward in several ways. Primarily, crisis counselors offer free and confidential support that helps people process their emotional and physical reactions. From the strain of dealing with logistical issues and financial and legal complications to the sheer loss of belongings, crisis counselors listen and help you sort through and cope with your feelings.

It is being presented through the Point Lookout, Lido Dunes and Lido Homes Civic Associations.

He described the situation firemen face as they deal with tragedies and the necessity to seek help in the wake of them. He knows that residents may be feeling some of the same, as they deal with problems of all kinds related to life after Sandy.

“We had the hurricane” and dealt with the immediate aftermath, “and now we’re in it for the long haul”.

The Chief knows what it’s like, he’s been displaced himself, and is facing the reality of possibly knocking his house down and rebuilding to accommodate the FEMA height requirement. Right now, he is looking at not being able to go home until the fall.

He wants to make sure word gets out to make the project is a success for residents.

“It’s already working in Long Beach and Island Park and we want to try it here.

This is something that anyone can come down and find other people who are sharing the same experiences,” he said.

“Statistics say people get down in February and March anyway.”  With the longer-term realities of dealing with the disaster coinciding with that, possibly getting to residents, now is the time to bring it here.

Available to all members of the community
Tuesday March 19 at LIDO (not Point Lookout) Firehouse at 7:30pm

You can find out more about Project Hope by clicking here!

If anyone has any questions, needs help in any way or even just needs a ride to this, Chas is available and said to please call him at his office at  tel:(516) 431-0300

“I think it’s a good thing for the community” Chief Thompson said.

Please share this with your friends and neighbors to help get word out.

Community Forum for Residents Affected by Sandy

From Town of Hempstead:

Councilman Santino, Assemblyman Curran to Hold Community Forum for Residents Affected by Sandy on February 28 in Oceanside.

Sandy’s floodwaters have long since receded, but the Superstorm has left many residents with a long list of post-hurricane questions. To help answer those questions and provide important information, Hempstead Town Senior Councilman Anthony Santino and New York State Assemblyman Brian Curran will be leading a Community Forum and Flood Recovery Meeting on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Oceanside High School in Oceanside.

Councilman Santino and Assemblyman Curran will be joined by representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Flood Insurance Program, the New York State Department of Financial Services and the Town of Hempstead Building Department. These organizations will provide detailed information pertaining to storm damage, insurance reimbursement and rebuilding, among other issues.

“Assemblyman Curran and I urge all Sandy-affected residents to attend this informative Community Forum and Flood Recovery Meeting at Oceanside High School on February 28,” said Santino. “We will have many organizations present, including FEMA and the Hempstead Town Building Department, that can offer support and guidance to our neighbors.”

“Recovering and rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy remains our highest priority,” stated Curran. “I’m proud to partner with Councilman Santino for our Community Forum and Flood Recovery Meeting. In addition to FEMA and the Town Building Department, the New York State Department of Financial Services will be on hand to answer neighbors’ questions and concerns dealing with insurance payments and other insurance issues.”

Councilman Santino, in partnership with Supervisor Kate Murray, has held several community meetings in Oceanside and in the surrounding area for residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. What’s more, the town Building Department is waiving all permit fees for “in-kind” storm-related structural repairs and temporary housing trailers within the unincorporated areas of Hempstead Town. And, the town is waiving building variance requirements for residents (within unincorporated areas of the township) who want to rebuild their homes at higher elevations to meet FEMA flood standards.

Oceanside High School is located at 3160 Skillman Avenue in Oceanside.