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County Executive’s Column: June 10, 2011

Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

In Nassau County, we are making concerted efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of you and your family in many different ways. Now that hurricane season is here on Long Island I would like to remind residents about the importance of assembling a “Go Kit,” in the event of a hurricane watch or warning.

Given our location as an island left vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island is susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes, which is why it is important for every Nassau County resident to be prepared for the storm season. Residents should take all Hurricane warnings seriously and have a plan in place for their family. Don’t take any chances.

Kits should be kept by front doors in a duffel bag and include enough supplies for everyone in the household for five days, including:

• First aid kit. Pack a “how to” guide as well.

• Essential prescription and nonprescription items and medical information.

• Battery-powered flashlight and radio (or crank radio), extra batteries and a 12-hour glow stick.

• A change of clothes, plus rainwear, sturdy shoes and protective gloves for everyone.

• Personal items, eyeglasses and personal care items.

• Important documents in a waterproof container: drivers’ licenses, wills, birth/marriage certificates, insurance policies, deed or lease papers, recent tax returns, credit card and bank account numbers, Social Security cards, passport and home inventory list

• Make sure you have special items for infants, elderly persons, pets or loved ones with special needs.

Many people consider their pets family members, too. Make sure your pets are taken care of with a Pet Go Kit, which should include:

• Your pets’ names, address and phone number

• Your name, address, phone and cell number

• Emergency contact - friend or family

• Your veterinarian’s name and contact info

• Important documents

• Medical records : medications : specific care instructions: behavioral problems, first aid kit / medications

• Current photos

• Sturdy leash, collar or harness, muzzles

• Paper towels for clean-up

• Food and bottled water (three-day supply)

• Manual can opener and bowls

• Water purification tablets

• Toys and other comfort items

• Treats, brushes, combs

• Newspapers and plastic

To review Coastal Evacuation Areas, evacuation routes or learn additional hurricane preparedness information, I invite you to visit the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OEM/.