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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We Need a Hospital, Barrier Island Residents Declare

we need a full service hospital, not a "Triage only" glorified doctors office.

we need a full service hospital, not a “Triage only” glorified doctors office.

 

Please note : The original story published has been changed to reflect a discrepancy in the quote from Jill Backlin, President of North East Bay and Canal Civics, to say that in relation to elected State officials she is  “appalled by the lack of advocacy on behalf of our city.”  Not “from our City”.

 

 

On Monday, March 24, 2014 well over 300 residents attended the forum on the fate of Long Beach hospital.

Lindell Blvd School auditorium rang with the words of speakers who called on the community, politicians and agencies to come together to bring the hospital back to Long Beach.

Currently there are plans on the table to subsidize bringing in a company, with a minimum of $6 million and up to $100 million possibly available or more.

Meanwhile it was revealed the property is on the market for a developer to purchase and possibly demolish and eliminate the hospital.

Long Beach real estate speaker Tom Tripodi confirmed it is on the market to developers, which he hopes doesn’t happen.

A “Huge blow to the Economy”

Barbara DuBow Bernardino, of Beach to Bay Central Council spoke. She said it is estimated that nearly 4500 direct and indirect jobs from the hospital are gone, the area now short of that financial economy.

Kerry Gustavson of Westholme Civic Association said “This was a tremendous blow to our economy. LBMC was a major employer in this town.” She explained the four nursing homes in town employ up to 250 people each. Without a local hospital, they have no one to work with.
“What happens when 4 nursing homes can no longer pay their bills?
We need to support a brand new, well run, community hospital for our businesses and the people.”

It was also explained that without a hospital, doctors offices in Long Beach are closing because the doctors don’t have a hospital to work out of.

The ripple effect of this is that those offices go empty, the employees – many of whom live, own, rent, shop and eat in the area are let go, and all money that they spent is gone from our economy.

First Responders Alarmed

Chas Thompson, Fire Commissioner from Lido Point Lookout Fire District spoke about how a five minute trip and half hour return from the hospital has now become 20 to 40 minutes to the hospital and two to three-hour return. When a second call comes in during that time, it has to be handled from a different company further delaying response.

“Point Lookout responded to 108 calls in Long Beach.” He explained that if Long Beach is unavailable, and you have to call Point Lookout it takes 5-8 minutes for members to get to the firehouse and get dressed, plus 5-8 minutes to Long Beach, “it can be close to an hour before reaching the hospital now” in those circumstances.

Island Park Fire Chief Ed Madden explained what it has been like. “Long Beach called today in mutual aid”. He explained that at the same time they had a gas emergency, and then an auto accident came in that an ambulance “eventually got to”. He also explained the pressures this is all putting on the members saying many “work in the private sector. Companies are very unforgiving when you’re 3 hours late” these days, because you responded to a call. Previously you may not have been late at all.

Jill Backlin, President of North East Bay and Canal Civics spoke about elected State officials:  “I am appalled by the lack of advocacy on behalf of our city and lack of support for the safety of our residents.”

Jackie Odom from Concerned Neighbors of North Park said “New York State Department of Health, without notice, shut down LB hospital. We need a free standing emergency room and full scale hospital.”

State the problem

Cliff Skudin said this “clearly comes from the state level.  Hopefully we can gain the momentum to get this done”.

Phyllis Libutti Co-Coordinator of Beach To Bay Central Council, said of the person who closed LBMC: “Dr. Shah from the NY State Health Department serves at the pleasure of the governor. The financial difficulties cited as the reason for closing the hospital requires a new administration, not closure of the hospital.

The real reason you are depriving our community of this asset is unclear,” she said.

(Editors note -I think this is the crux of the situation right there!)

“What you do from here will determine whether we have a hospital”, said Gerry Myerson of Lido Dunes Civic Association.
“There was a hospital before and there has to be a hospital again.”

 

What you can do:

Sign the petition by clicking here

Call Governor Cuomo (518)474-8390
Call Senator Skelos (518)455-3171
Call Assemblyman Weisenberg (518)455-3028
Get the name of who you spoke to so the call is logged properly!

Alert your friends and family to do so by sharing this information.

The Mailing from Senator Skelos asking what you think.  PLEASE- let him know

The Mailing from Senator Skelos asking what you think. PLEASE- let him know we need a full hospital.

Fill out and sign Sen. Dean Skelos’ questionnaire that was mailed to every household/voter in the district. Make sure you put on there that we want a full service hospital in addition to the walk-in emergency doctors office he has secured $21.6 million for. If you do not have it, print the picture of it here out, fill it out and mail it to this address:
Senator Dean Skelos
55 Front St
Rockville Centre NY. 11570

 

Event: PLLFD 2nd Community Meeting

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The Point Lookout – Lido Fire Department Commissioners are holding the second public outreach meeting Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Point Lookout Firehouse.

Synopsis of last meeting:
https://makingmypoint.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/first-fire-bond-plan-b-community-meeting/

The Great Fire Bond Fail of ’13

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The results are in.

The fire department reports:

1105 Total number of votes cast

_260 Number of votes in favor of proposition

_758 Number of votes against proposition

__21 Number of Affidavit Ballots

__66 Number of void votes

Statement from The Lido and Point Lookout Fire District:

The voters spoke and the outcome was disappointing to say the least. This was a solid plan to set up the infrastructure of the Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department for the next 50 yrs. We have been working tirelessly on this plan for the last two years and adapted the plan after Superstorm Sandy to meet the needs of the community in light of a large scale disaster. We really had no bells and whistles in the plan, just expanding the Firehouses to accomodate the larger fire apparatus that is required now as to 40 years ago, and shower facilities for the firefighters. The Fire District has been financially prudent for many, many years and will continue to be for the future. We will sit down and look at the results of the Bond Vote over the next few days and plan our course of action. We would like to thank those community members that supported the plan and will take input from all residents as we continue to plan for the future.

No word at this time if or when a new plan will be explored.

Opinion: Today’s Firehouse Bond Vote

Vote in the Fire District Bond Issue, Today, Tuesday, Jul;y 9,2013

Vote in the Fire District Bond Issue, Today, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Point Lookout FD Headquarters and Lido Firehouse from 4PM-9PM

You know what they say opinions are like, so stop reading now if you’d rather not know mine.

I want to thank the numerous people I met and talked with about this issue on both sides: who shared their opinions, comments, and knowledge and participated in this discussion. Its obvious people Continue reading