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Preparing for Hurricanes on Long Island, NY

Learn to Prepare for Hurricanes and Coastal Storms on Long Island


On Long Island and the rest of New York State, the hurricane and coastal storm season generally runs from the beginning of June through the end of November. Thankfully, many tropical storms that are generated in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and other points sometimes fizzle out before making landfall when they travel northward. However, Long Island does experience hurricanes and coastal storms. You should always be prepared for emergencies. Here are some basic tips for hurricane preparedness.

Have food and emergency supplies in your home
  • Keep a three-day supply of food and water for every member of your family. The same applies if you have pets. One gallon of water per person per day is recommended. Canned foods or dehydrated foods are a good choice.
  • Flashlights and extra batteries. Keep these in several rooms in the house.
  • Keep a portable radio with extra batteries so you can listen to the weather report in case telephone and cable lines are damaged by storms.
  • Keep all of your important documents (birth certificates, Social Security cards, etc.) in a waterproof container.
  • Keep a first aid kit and make sure all members of your family know where it is.
  • Have extra sets of your home and car keys.
  • Keep tools like wrenches to turn off gas and water supplies if needed.

Discuss emergency plans in advance with your family
  • Phone lines in your area might be damaged during severe storms. If you have friends or relatives who live outside of your area, designate them as the people for all your family members to contact if you get separated.
  • Discuss with your family where you will go if you are told by authorities to evacuate the area.

Prepare by removing potentially dangerous objects outside
  • Remove damaged or diseased branches on trees near your house.
  • Take in all lawn furniture and other objects that could potentially damage windows or walls of your house.

These are a few tips for hurricane preparedness. To learn more, please go to The New York State Emergency Management Office, or Long Island Prepares.
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