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Around the Town: August 20, 2010

Hurricane Season

We are in the midst of hurricane season, which runs from June to November, and with the change in climate, experts have cautioned that Long Island has an increased potential to be hit by a major hurricane this year. It is important for everyone to be prepared, especially residents in the Town of Hempstead.

Residents should be prepared in the event that a major storm or hurricane causes property damage or power outages. Now is a great time to familiarize yourself with hurricane safety procedures.

To deal with extreme weather conditions, an Emergency Preparedness Plan has been developed and coastal evacuation routes have been established. These routes are clearly marked with round blue and white signs that mark directions to pre-designated evacuation sites.

The town also has a pamphlet available that contains emergency telephone numbers, lists of suggested evacuation supplies and safety guidelines for hurricanes. Some hurricane safety tips include:

Have at least a two-week supply of nonperishable foods and a four-week supply of prescription medicines.

Clear yards of loose objects such as bicycles, lawn furniture and trash cans. Anchor objects (no matter how heavy or large) so that they cannot be moved by strong winds. Store documents and valuables in waterproof containers and secure them in the highest possible spot to prevent damage to irreplaceable items.

This is just a sampling of the information provided in the pamphlet. If you would like to receive our Guide to Hurricane Safety, please call the Town of Hempstead’s Department of Public Safety at (516) 538-1900.

In the event of an emergency, residents can also visit the town’s website, www.TOH.LI. The site’s home page will have a flashing indicator to provide residents with up-to-date information.

Hempstead Town takes seriously its responsibility of protecting residents. Your safety and security during a hurricane or other emergency situation is our top priority. The most important thing to remember in dealing with major storms is don’t be scared — be prepared!