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Storm Preparedness

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Hurricane Tracker

Emergency Notification Systems


(After you are registered, to report an outage, simply text OUT to 773454)

NASSAU: sign-up for SwiftReach:, or call Nassau Office of Emergency Management at 516-573-0636

SUFFOLK: sign-up for CodeRED alerts:, or call Suffolk Office of Emergency Management’s customer service center: 631-852-4900

Storm Preparation: What to do BEFORE the storm!

You can never be too prepared!

FOOD: Store at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food. Consider any special dietary needs of your family. Avoid foods that will make you thirsty. Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals, and canned foods with high liquid expanding-content. Keep canned foods, dry mixes, and other foods that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water, or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and utensils.

WATER: Store one gallon of water per person, per day, with at least a 3 day supply per person. Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may require more water. To preserve bottled or filtered water for consumption, fill your bathtub with water to use for cleaning, flushing toilets, and other non-drinking purposes.


  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle (in case you need to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (in case air gets contaminated)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, & plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench, pliers, or other tools to turn off utilities if necessary
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Cell phone with chargers.


  • Medications (7 day supply), and any needed medical supplies (such hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, etc)
  • Sanitation & personal hygiene items, such as soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels. Keep paper goods in sealed plastic bags.
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, bank account information, all in a waterproof, portable container)
  • Battery operated lantern
  • Extra fire extinguishers, battery-operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Family & emergency contact information
  • Cash or travelers cheques (in case power outages render ATMs non-operational)
  • Sleeping bag(s) and warm blanket(s)
  • Map of the area
  • Pet supplies: collars/leashes, food, water bowl, etc
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Charcoal or propane tank for BBQ
  • Cooler(s) with ice
  • Infant/Baby items: medicine, sterile water, diapers, wipes, ready formula, bottles
  • Camera and film (or if digital camera, be sure battery is fully charged). Take pictures or videos of valuable property before the storm for insurance purposes
  • Clean-up supplies
  • Extra clothing, hats, sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellant and sunscreen
  • Complete change of clothing
  • Matches (stored in a water proof container)
  • Paper and pencil/pens
  • Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children
  • Flip-flops (if you are directed to an emergency shelter, they will guard against foot-borne diseases)

Secure/Prepare Your Property

  • Bring in (or tie-down) anything that can be picked-up by wind, including bicycles and lawn furniture
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances
  • Be sure trees and shrubs are well trimmed to make them more wind resistant
  • Fill your car’s gas tank and any fuel tanks for generators, using only approved fuel storage containers
  • Create, and practice, a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household
  • Learn the location of local shelters and evacuation routes, and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
  • Make sure your sump pump is working, and consider installing a battery-operated backup. Install a water alarm to let you know if water is accumulating in your basement.
  • Clear debris from gutters and downspouts
  • Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe (dry) place

Sources: Hurricane preparedness information provided by NOAA, FEMA, LIPA, National Grid, American Red Cross, Nassau County, Town of Hempstead, Town of Oyster Bay, Suffolk County, Newsday

Watches & Warnings

  • A hurricane WATCH means that sustained winds of 74mph or higher are possible
  • A hurricane WARNING means that sustained winds of 74mph or higher are expected
  • A tornado WATCH means tornados are possible in the area; be ready to act quickly
  • A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar
American Red Cross Hurricane Tracker App: call **73327677


  • It’s safest to be in an underground shelter, basement, or room
  • If no underground room is available, take shelter in a small windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building
As a LAST RESORT, crouch next to a strong building or lie flat in a ditch or a low spot on the ground, and cover your head and neck with your arms or clothing

Using a Generator

  • NEVER use generators in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, or other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation
  • Install battery-operated or plug-in (with battery backup) carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home
  • Keep the generator dry.
  • Operate on a dry, level, and flat surface
  • Dry your hands before touching the generator
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator, or use a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord
  • Never plug the generator into a wall outlet
  • Make sure the generator is earth-grounded, according to the manufacturers instructions
  • Turn the generator off before refueling, and let it cool.
  • Always store fuel outside of living areas in proper containers.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby
Sources: American Red Cross, U.S. Fire Administration

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Emergency Phone Numbers


Nassau County Police NON-EMERGENCY

Nassau County Office of Emergency Management

City of Long Beach

City of Glen Cove

Town of Hempstead

Town of North Hempstead

Town of Oyster Bay

Suffolk County Police NON-EMERGENCY
631-852-COPS (2677)

Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management

Town of Babylon
631-422-7600 to report downed trees

Town of Brookhaven
631-451-9200 to report downed trees

Town of Huntington
631-271-6573 (24-hour emergency hotline)
631-499-0444 to report downed trees

Town of Islip
631-224-5600 to report downed trees

Town of Smithtown


PSEG’s Critical Care Program
For Long Islanders who rely on electricity to power life-supporting equipment in their homes can register by calling 1-800-490-0025, or by visiting

National Grid (Gas Emergency Line)

American Red Cross
Nassau County: 516-747-3500
Suffolk County: 631-924-6700


Island Harvest Hurricane Relief

United Way of Long Island

New York State Office of Emergency Management

Long Island Regional Office: 631-952-6322

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)

Nassau County Consumer Affairs

Suffolk County Consumer Affairs

Disaster Distress Helpline for Survivors & First Responders (24/7)

Nassau Able Ride Bus

Long Island Railroad


Review your insurance policies before a storm strikes. Most homeowner and business insurance policies do not cover flood. Learn what your hurricane or “wind” deductable(s) may be.

Trees: If your tree falls on your neighbor’s property:

  • If the tree was healthy, then it’s simply an “act of nature,” and its your neighbor’s responsibility
  • If the tree was unhealthy or dead, it is YOUR responsibility, as it is considered negligent liability