FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2016
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Supervisor Bosworth Provides Residents with Hurricane Safety Tips
North Hempstead, NY – With hurricane season underway, Supervisor Judi Bosworth, the Town Board and the Town’s Office of Emergency Management would like to remind residents that it is important to prepare ahead of time and be aware of safety precautions that can help protect your family.
“Being prepared is the best way to stay safe during a natural disaster or emergency situation,” Supervisor Bosworth said. “Our Office of Emergency Management strives to provide residents with all the tools and information necessary to protect themselves and their families in the event of an emergency.”
Last year, the Town received a $7,500 grant from Adelphi University as part of their Long Island Resilient Communities Grant, which created a public awareness campaign aimed at informing Town residents about steps to take in order to be prepared for man-made and natural disasters, including hurricanes. The campaign included a newly re-designed Town Emergency Management website at www.northhempsteadny.gov/ready as well as a one-minute Public Service Announcement.
The one-minute PSA offers a somewhat satirical look at hurricane preparation, while addressing the many items that should be included in an emergency preparedness kit. The PSA can be viewed at www.myNHTV.com or by tuning in to North Hempstead Television (NHTV) which can be seen on Channels 18 and 63 on Cablevision or Channel 46 on Verizon.
Using these tips, residents can prepare in case of a hurricane emergency:
• Families should have an emergency kit containing: water, batteries, non-perishable food, flashlights, a first aid kit and can opener. There should be enough supplies to last five days for each family member.
• Be aware of the emergency evacuation routes in your community.
• Create a family emergency plan with a meeting spot, contact numbers, and exits from your home.
• Plan in advance for pets. Create an animal emergency supply kit with food, water, and other supplies; and research hotels and motels that accept pets.
It is also critical for residents to check in on the elderly during emergencies and ensure that they have all the supplies necessary to cope with an emergency situation.
Additional safety tips for senior residents include:
• Create a network of neighbors, relatives and friends who can assist you during an emergency.
• Keep specialized items such as extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen and medication on hand.
• Have a copy of medical information including a listing medications and health records and make provisions for any medications that require refrigeration.
Residents are reminded to sign up for North Hempstead Alert, which provides emergency updates through emails, text messages and phone calls. You can sign up by logging on to www.northhempsteadny.gov/ready or calling 311 or 516-869-6311.
Additional hurricane safety resources through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are available online at: www.ready.gov.