What you need to know
1. KNOW IF YOU NEED TO LEAVE
Are you in a safe area, do you need to leave or do you need to go?
Visit: http://gis.nyc.gov/oem/he/index.htm to find out what zone you are in and what that zone means.
2. BE PREPARED. (If there is flooding you may be stranded for a few days).
3. STOCK UP
• Water. This is No. 1 on most lists. The Red Cross suggests a three-day supply or one gallon per person per day.
• Food. At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. (Throw in a can opener if your non-perishable food comes in can form.)
But from here the lists can vary. Most recommend you have these items on hand to prepare for a hurricane:
• Extra batteries for radios and for flashlights. NOAA even suggests an extra charged battery for your cellphone. NYC’s Office of Emergency Management went a step further and suggested New Yorkers dust off their old land lines since they don’t rely on electricity.
• Cash and coins. If power goes out, ATMs and credit card machines may not work.
• A first aid kit and any medication. New York State recommends bandages, gauze pads, aspirin, ointment and a thermometer, among other things.
• Personal hygiene items and towelettes.
• The Red Cross also suggests having a map of the area, an extra set of car keys and house keys, as well as extra clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes, ready to go.
• You should also gather up baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food and diaper) and pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier and bowl), if you have either or both.
• Ready America recommends a whistle in case you need to signal for help and some tools, like a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary.
• The Weather Channel, which knows a thing or two about weather-related disasters, suggested gathering together important family documents: telephone numbers, financial and insurance reports and an inventory of valuable household goods.
One thing that didn’t make the Weather Channel list, though, was candles because they can cause a lot of fires after disasters.
Lastly, most lists recommend games, books or toys to help pass the time.