Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services

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Joseph F. Williams

John G. Jordan Sr.

Edward C. Schneyer
Director of the Office of Emergency Management
PO BOX 127
MAIN 631-852-4900
FAX 631-852-4922

Severe Weather Preparedness and Safety

The national weather service in partnership with the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management is promoting severe weather safety for all people.

Here are steps you can take before...during and after a storm to keep safe this season.

Before a storm...develop a plan for you and your family at Work...and when outdoors. Identify a safe place to take shelter. Conduct frequent drills. Know what action you will take when a warning is issued. Know where you live. The national Weather service issues Warnings based on the specific storm's movement. Know where to tune to receive the latest weather information.

During severe weather...postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent. Move to a sturdy building or car. Stay away from tall objects such as towers...isolated trees and telephone poles. If caught outdoors...find a low spot. Make sure your choice is not susceptible to flooding. If in the woods...take shelter under smaller trees. If you are boating or shelter on land immediately.

If a Tornado Warning is issued...move to a pre designated place of Safety...preferably a basement or interior room. Stay away from Windows. Get as low to the ground as possible. Cover your head. If caught outdoors and tornado threatens...lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of flying debris. Flying debris causes most fatalities and injuries during a Tornado. Mobile homes offer little protection from a tornado. Evacuate your mobile home and move to your designated place of Safety.

After the severe weather has cleared...get medical care quickly at the nearest hospital. If the power is out...use flashlights...not flammable objects such as candles...torches...or lanterns. Report Broken utility lines to the authorities. Boil drinking water before Use. Do not visit disaster areas.

Your chances of remaining safe during severe weather are greater if you follow these safety rules. You should prepare now for the upcoming severe weather season.

NOAA Weather Radio all hazards offers the best way to stay in touch with weather conditions whether at or play. It provides continuous broadcasts of weather information...with immediate relay of any severe weather warnings. NOAA's national weather service recommends everyone have access to a NOAA weather radio.

NOAA Weather Alerts are also available from the Code Red Emergency Notification System with the Code Red Mobile App for iPhone or Andriod and from the New York State All-Hazards Alert and Notification system NY Alert