Contact: Casey McNulty
May 28, 2015
GOVERNOR CUOMO PROCLAIMS ‘HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK’ IN NEW YORK STATE
Awareness efforts aimed at preparing New Yorkers for hurricanes and other dangerous storms
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today proclaimed May 24 to May 30, 2015 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in New York State, encouraging New Yorkers to prepare for dangerous storms as hurricane season begins.
· Learn about preparedness. The DHSES website includes a comprehensive list of ways to be prepared.
· Make a family emergency plan. Remember, too, that your family may not be together when a disaster strikes. Do you have a place to meet? How will you get to a safe place? Who outside of your immediate family can you contact to let them know if you are evacuating or if you are safe? Visit the Citizen Preparedness Corps website for steps that families can take to create a household plan. Don’t forget to plan, too, for your pets.
· Build an emergency kit, or “go kit.” New Yorkers should have some basic supplies on hand in the event of a disaster or emergency. Visit the Citizen Preparedness Corps website to learn which items to include in a go kit.
· Sign up for NY-Alert at nyalert.gov. NY-Alert is the state’s free, all-hazards notification system that provides up-to-date, critical, emergency-related information via the web, email, or smartphones.
· Sign up for a Citizen Preparedness Corps training course. New York State offers in-person and online training sessions to give residents the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, to respond accordingly, and to recover and quickly as possible.
· Review your homeowner's insurance policy and make a list of the contents of your home. Take the time to ask questions and talk to your insurance agent about your policy so you understand what help you have available ahead of time.
· Store emergency phone numbers and information in the cell phones of each of the members of your family.
· Know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A “watch” means that hurricane conditions may threaten an area within 24 to 36 hours. A “warning” is issued when actions to protect yourself and your property should begin immediately.
· Don’t forget to learn about what you should do after the hurricane passes.