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Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes
Recent events throughout the country – Hurricane Katrina being the most notable – have proven the importance of being prepared when disaster strikes. Hazards – natural events such as hurricanes, floods, winter storms, and power outages, or man-made events such as terrorist acts – can strike any community at any time. Here in the City of Rye, we are prone to weather events that can result in flooding and power outages. Experience has shown that even a moderate storm can result in the loss of power for several days, so it is important to be prepared to deal with the challenges nature may present to us.
What can you do to prepare for an emergency?
Develop an emergency plan for your family.
- Know a safe route from your home or workplace to high ground or shelter.
- Designate a meeting place in the event that members of the family are separated and communications are out (severe weather events can disrupt both land line and cellular telephone service).
- Make a list of valuables and keep it in a safe place.
Stock up on emergency supplies.
- Have enough water and non-perishable food on hand to be able to “shelter in place” at home for three days.
- Have a “Go Bag” – a sturdy, easy to carry backpack or wheeled suitcase – packed and ready if you have to evacuate without notice. It should contain:
- Bottled water and non-perishable food (like energy bars)
- A flashlight
- A battery-operated radio and extra batteries
- A list of medications taken by each member of the family and other necessary personal items
- Contact information for members of the household and for other relatives and friends you may need to contact during the crisis
- Child care supplies or other special-need items
- Cash (ATMs may be down, as well as credit card processing networks)
- Consider equipping your home with a generator.
Increase your awareness.
Information is power. Know:
- If your home is in or near a flood zone
- Where the nearest shelter location is
- Where to obtain weather and other emergency information from radio and television broadcasts, the Internet, or other notification systems. Monitor the weather and prepare accordingly.
Make preparations for your pets.
Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters. Plan in advance for alternative shelter arrangements for your pets. If you are not home when the emergency strikes, have a plan worked out with your neighbors or friends to care for your pets.
Listen to advice and direction from Public Safety personnel.
If local officials advise you to evacuate, do so promptly. Their advice is based on all available information, experience, and training, and a decision to evacuate is not made lightly.
- Do not drive or walk through flooded areas. Water can be contaminated by backed-up sewage; it may contain unseen hazards such as open manhole covers; and it may be electrified by downed power lines. All can cause serious injury or death.
- Never cross barricades or emergency lines set by Police or Fire personnel. They are there to protect you and others from a hazard.
- Treat all downed power lines as live. Even a single household line contains sufficient voltage to kill.
- Do not travel unnecessarily. Avoid danger, and permit emergency personnel and utility crews to return the area to a safe condition.
This is but a brief overview of measures you can take to protect yourself and your family during an emergency. Additional information can be obtained from a number of sources, including the City of Rye’s website, www.ryeny.gov ; the New York State Emergency Management Office, www.semo.state.ny.us; the New York State Office of Homeland Security, www.security.state.ny.us.
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