Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-C, Merrick) is reminding his constituents that the peak season for hurricanes is approaching and he is offering the following information to prepare your family and home.
According to Senator Fuschillo, the National Weather Service issues hurricane "watches" and "warnings." "A hurricane watch means a hurricane may hit your area. This is issued for a coastal area when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within the next 24-36 hours," Senator Fuschillo said. "A hurricane warning means a hurricane is likely headed for your area. It is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in a specified coastal area in 24 hours or less."
"Beware of the calm "eye" of a hurricane," Senator Fuschillo said. "It may appear the storm is over but it is actually the center of the storm and the winds will pick up again in the opposite direction with a few moments."
Further Fuschillo added:
* Know the hurricane risks in your area. If you are asked to evacuate, do so immediately.
* Make a family disaster plan. Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate such as a friend or relative's home in another town. Keep a road map handy since flooding or detours may take you into unfamiliar areas.
* If you leave your home, be sure to bring medications, diapers, baby food, eyeglasses and important documents.
* If you know a hurricane is approaching, fill your car with gas.
* If you are not told to evacuate, remain inside away from windows.
* Plan where you will leave your pets if necessary. Public shelters do not permit pets.
* Listen to local radio and TV stations such as News 12, WGBB, WHLI or WKJY.
* Make a supply kit containing a first aid kit, essential medications, battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, canned food, manual can opener, bottled water, fire extinguisher, protective clothing, rainwear and blankets.
* Remove dead branches or limbs from trees so they do not cause damage to your home and so the wind can pass through the trees easier.
* Keep the following phone numbers available.
American Red Cross in Nassau County: 747-3500.
LIPA: 1-800-490-0025 (For gas emergencies only, call 1-800-490-0045).
National Food Insurance Program: 1-800-638-6620.
"After the hurricane passes be sure to watch out for fallen power lines and report any dangerous conditions to the police or fire departments in your area," stated Senator Fuschillo.