Courtesy Katie Grilli-Robles
Nassau and Suffolk county officials gathered with leaders of the American Red Cross on Long Island last Friday in Bethpage to urge residents to prepare now for future severe storms. From left to right were Chris Kutner, co-chairman of the American Red Cross on Long Island’s Board of Directors; Joe Williams, commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services; John Miller, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross on Long Island; Steve Bellone, Suffolk County executive; Ed Mangano, Nassau County executive; Craig Craft, commissioner of the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management; Scott Tusa, chief fire marshal of Nassau County.
Important documents in a waterproof container, such as drivers’ licenses, wills, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, deed or lease papers, recent tax returns, credit card and bank account numbers, Social Security cards, passports and a home inventory list.
Pet owners can also assemble pet go-kits, the release advised, including
- Pets’ names and addresses
- Owners’ names, home phone and cell phone numbers
- Emergency contacts for family and friends
- Veterinarian’s name and contact information
- Medications, medical records and specific care instructions
- A first aid kit
- A current photograph
- A sturdy leash, collar or harness and muzzles
- Paper towels for clean-up
- Three days’ supply of food and bottled water
- Manual can opener and bowls
- Water purification tablets
- Treats, toys and other comfort items
- Brushes and combs
Having an accurate and current emergency plan is key for hurricane preparedness, according to officials. They said residents should consider the individual needs of family members and pets, and residents should also ask about emergency plans at work and schools. Families should discuss and practice their plans at least twice per year and update it as necessary, the officials said.
The Nassau County Office of Emergency Management requested that residents familiarize themselves with evacuation routes from coastal areas.