Hurricane Sandy is the most costly disaster to ever hit the shores of New York State. 61 residents lost their lives, more than two million people lost power, more than 300,000 housing units were damaged or destroyed and more than 400,000 residents of New York City and Long Island were evacuated from their homes.
It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week and from Sandy to Irene we’ve had our share of disaster. As we prepare for the start of Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1st, below are 5 ways New York City residents can stay inform and prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.
5 Easy Steps to Prepare Your Family for Hurricane Season
- Plan Ahead – Make a plan with your family so you will know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency.
- Be Prepared to Evacuate – By using the NYC’s Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder or by calling 311 you can find out whether your home or business is located in one of NYC’s six hurricane evacuation zones, the hazards you may face from a hurricane and what to do to prepare.
- Learn – Get an in-dept understanding on hurricane hazards and the steps you can take to prepare.
- Sign up – Get notified by Notify NYC. So you can get the latest emergency information via text, phone, email, fax, Twitter, BlackBerry Messenger, and instant messenger.
- Download – Check out the New York Hurricane Guide. It contains instructions on how to develop a hurricane disaster plan and secure your home before a storm as well as a map of New York City hurricane evacuation zones.