Have a Plan


Simple preparedness steps , when completed, will help residents to become better prepared for future storms and emergencies. For more information on hurricane preparedness and what you can do to protect yourself and your family, visit www.greathurricaneblowout.org and www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/.


Form a Plan

  • Making a family plan
  • Making an emergency supply kit
  • Understanding safe cooking and sanitary practice with using utility services
  • Passing time without electricity or the family's ability to safely leave their home
  • Mitigating the effects of storm damage on residences
  • Training with various disaster-related non-profit organizations

Be Prepared

  • Know how to contact all family members at all times. Identify an out-of-town friend or family member to be the "emergency family contact." Then make certain all family members have that number.
  • Designate a family emergency meeting point, some familiar location where the family can meet in the event the home is inaccessible.
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  • Prepare an emergency phone list of people and organizations that may need to be called, including schools, doctors, child/senior care providers, and insurance agents.
  • Know the hurricane / storm risks in their areas, and learn the storm surge history.
  • Learn their community's warning signals and evacuation plans.
  • Know how to receive official information on protective actions from local authorities. One of the best ways to get emergency information is by subscribing to NY-ALERT, the State's allhazards alert and notification system. To subscribe to this free, web-based system, visit www.nyalert.gov.
  • Make arrangements on where to relocate pets during a storm.
  • Have your family learn basic safety and first aid measures.
  • Practice the Plan!

Family Response Plan

Prepare a plan for your family and loved ones in advance of hazardous weather.

You should:
  • Contact your local National Weather Service office or Emergency Management office to learn what types of disasters could occur and how you should respond.
  • Learn the warning signals and evacuation plans of your community.
  • Know the Emergency Alert System radio and television stations in your area that will carry official information. Also, monitor NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts, if possible.
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  • Discuss with family members what they should do in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane or severe storm. Pick two places to meet: a spot outside your home for an emergency, such as a fire, and a place away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.
  • Designate an out-of-area friend or relative whom separated family members should call to report their whereabouts. Make certain all family members have the phone number.
  • Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
  • Check your home and property for potential hazards to see what actions need to be taken to ensure your safety and to protect your belongings.
  • Check your insurance coverage. Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance. Inventory household items with photographs.
  • Install safety features in your residence such as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
  • Know how and when to turn off water, gas and electricity in your home.
  • Know where the designated shelters are within your community and how to get to them.
  • Determine if your family has any special needs and develop a plan for meeting those needs. For example: If you have a family member on a life-support system, does your electric utility know about it?
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by phones.
  • Teach all family members, including children, how and when to call 911 or your local EMS phone number.

William R.
Davis Jr.