2 years ago
Here are some tips on hurricane preparation ... as a CERT member, I've taken much advanced training and certifications, including Ready New York Presenter, Hurricane Shelter Operator, Evacuation Center Operator, Coastal Storm Plan Operator (Unified Operations and Resource Center - UORC), Disabilities, Access, and Functional Needs (DAFN) Coordinator, and NYCEM Logistics.
The City starts planning at least 120 hours out and, if the Mayor gives the Go, starts mobilizing its response at 72 hours out. While City/State/Federal agencies and organizations are doing work in anticipation, there are things that you can do to prepare yourself.
First, although Sandy was a really bad storm, a wrong lesson learned is that we have lots of time to prepare. Nope! Hurricanes can quickly come up the East Coast with a hurricane in the Outer Banks, North Carolina at 4 AM and arrive in NYC at 10 AM - this happened a decade ago, and has happened with several storms. Here is Hurricane Hannah:
Look how fast the storm moves in 6-12 hours: Sunday AM it's on Long Island and Sunday PM it is in Canada.
Here is Hurricane Florence, which is about 72 hours away from NYC:
Sure, it won't be hurricane strength, but that's not my point here. What would you be doing now 72 hours away to plan for the storm's arrival? Today the sun is shining, but considering that it's a weekend, you might not be able to do all the things you need ... talk to the doctor to get prescriptions refilled, buy supplies, and so on.
And what about the grandparents, the kids, the animals, work, school, commuting ... ?
And what kind of food/water do you have on hand? Octagon lost power in Sandy from flooding, parts of Rivercross and Roosevelt Landings lost power. If you aren't being evacuated (which we weren't in Sandy), then your response is (1) stay at a friend, (2) shelter in place, or (3) stay at a hurricane shelter.
PLEASE CONSIDER PREPARING YOURSELF FOR A HURRICANE - AS IF FLORENCE WERE ARRIVING AT FULL STRENGTH ON TUESDAY EVENING. This will give you a real sense of how prepared you are.
Look at NYCEM (NYC Emergency Management, formally called OEM) for the Ready New York page on preparedness.
Watch this video on being prepared: