Today marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy hitting us on Long Island. In hindsight, many of us wish we were better equipped to deal with the disaster. Hurricane Sandy has taught us all a valuable lesson about what to do in the event of an emergency. There is a lot of power in preparation. We’ve compiled some tips provided by Nassau County about what to do to better prepare yourself and your family in the event of an emergency.
- Make a plan. Make sure you’ve covered all your bases. If a disaster strikes, where will you and your family go? Will you go to a local shelter or will you and your family stay with friends? Create an emergency plan for your actions, and review it a few times a year.
- Find out what community resources are available to you in the wake of a emergency situation. Have a hand written copy of addresses and phone numbers of local emergency shelters and numbers you can call to access emergency information.
- Get/create a preparedness kit. Keep the following items ready and accessible to be used at a moment’s notice:
- Flash light, portable radio, extra batteries
- First Aid Kit
- 5-7 day of Prescription/life-sustaining medication
- Non-perishable food/canned goods/non-electric can opener
- Water(one gallon per person per day)
- Childcare items
- Cash, ATM Card, Credit Cards, Checkbook
- Auxiliary Medical Equipment
- List of Emergency Contacts, Doctors & Current Medications
- Medical Alert Bracelets
- Portable Cooler with Ice
- Plastic Garbage Bags
- Plywood or other shuttering materials for windows
- For additional items to bring in the event of an evacuation, click here.
- Prepare your love ones. Reach out to elderly family members or neighbors who may not have external support and make sure they have a plan in place.
- Prepare your pets.
In the event of a future emergency, we know we’ll do as much as we can to prepare and to make sure we’re being proactive. We hope you will, too.
We’ve watched our community come together, rebuild and grow from the devastation. The attorneys and employees of Levine & Wiss PLLC are so proud to be Long Islanders in a post-Sandy world.