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Suffolk County Sheriff Warns of Potential Flooding

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 10/1/2015 | Views: 2891
Urges Residents Along the Coast to Compile "Go Bags"

RIVERHEAD, NY-- Today, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco is once again urging Suffolk County residents to pay close attention to the weather forecast and make preparations for a potentially dangerous storm that many computer weather models are now predicting could impact Long Island.

As of 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, the National Hurricane Center is forecasting that Hurricane Joaquin will turn toward the west-northwest tonight, followed by a turn toward the north, and an increase in forward speed on Friday. Joaquin is currently a dangerous Category 4 hurricane.

Pictured is the Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Patch.

“Long Island will likely see some impact from Hurricane Joaquin at the beginning of next week, in particular from flooding. This is a good time for residents along the coast to compile emergency go bags,” stated Sheriff DeMarco. “A lot of people were caught off guard when Superstorm Sandy struck in 2012. If we learned anything from that event it is to be prepared and have a plan in place that will enable you to evacuate quickly and safely,” Sheriff DeMarco added.

Here are just some items to compile in the event that you must evacuate your home. More extensive information may be found in the Hurricane Preparedness section of our website.

Copies of your important documents such as insurance cards, photo IDs, passport, bank information, the deed to your home, physician contact information and family contact information all placed in a waterproof container.

  • Cash ($100 in small bills)
  • An extra set of car and house keys
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food
  • Cans of food for your pets
  • A heavy duty flashlight
  • Waterproof blankets or plastic ponchos, as well as extra clothing
  • Extra medication and a list of prescriptions for each family member
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Child care supplies
  • Cell phone with wall and car chargers

Sheriff DeMarco would like to remind residents that storm updates and other critical information will be posted and continually updated on the Sheriff’s Office website, Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the next week.

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