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Sheriff DeMarco Urges Residents to Begin Preparing for Potential Storm

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 9/30/2015 | Views: 3786

RIVERHEAD, NY-- Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco today encouraged families and individuals to take precautions and prepare for Hurricane Joaquin, a potentially dangerous storm that some computer weather models are now predicting will turn westward and affect the U.S. East Coast, and possibly Long Island.

“Everyone should be paying close attention to the forecast and making preparations in case there is severe weather during the next five days. Information about how to prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm is posted on my website at www.suffolksheriff.com,” stated Sheriff DeMarco.  The Sheriff’s Office will also be providing regular updates via Facebook at facebook.com/suffolksheriff and on Twitter at twitter.com/Suffolk_Sheriff. A full list of emergency contact numbers is available on the website in the Emergency Management Section.

Pictured is the Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Patch.

The Sheriff’s Office has already assigned a Deputy Sheriff to the Suffolk Incident Management Assistant Team (IMAT) to begin making storm preparations and is staging all of its emergency vehicles and marine assets. Deputy Sheriffs will also be assigned to the Suffolk County Emergency Management Center starting on Saturday. 

Regardless of which path the storm eventually tracks, Sheriff DeMarco cautioned residents to start preparing now to mitigate the impact in the event that Hurricane Joaquin does make landfall early next week near the New York metropolitan area and he offered the following tips as a guide.

SECURE YOUR HOME

  • Loose, lightweight objects, such as lawn furniture and garbage cans should be brought inside.  Anchor objects that will be unsafe to bring inside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.
  • If your basement is vulnerable to flooding, move any valuable items to upper floors.

STOCK UP ON NONPERISHABLE FOOD AND WATER

Make sure you have a supply of the following:
  • One gallon of water per person, per day
  • Ready to eat food and a manual can opener

ASSEMBLE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT 

Make sure you have a supply of the following: 
  • A first-aid kit, some flashlights and extra batteries, and a battery operated radio

CHARGE ALL CELL PHONES

HELP OTHERS PREPARE

  • Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors, especially older adults and people with disabilities or health conditions, and assist them with their preparation.
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