With Hurricane Irma about to hit Florida, County Executive Rob Astorino said residents should review their emergency plans and obtain critical supplies in case severe weather hits Westchester.
Astorino said county officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma and other weather patterns and will implement preparedness measures if severe weather moves up the East Coast.
“The time to prepare for severe weather is now,” Astorino said. “It is always easier to stockpile critical items before a major storm approaches and these items disappear from the shelves. The best way to stay safe is to have a plan and to be prepared.”
Westchester could be affected by remnants of Irma in the form of rain on Wednesday.
Astorino recommended that residents have several days’ worth critical supplies on hand in the event that they are stuck in their homes without power and should prepare an “Emergency Kit” in case they are asked to evacuate on short notice during an emergency.
Commissioner John M. Cullen of the Department of Emergency Services said emergency management officials recommend that people create a disaster preparedness kit that includes: one gallon of water per person per day; a three-day supply of canned, packaged or other foods that do not need refrigeration or need to be cooked; a manual can opener and eating utensils; flashlights and batteries; a first aid kit; and a battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
Foods that can be stored include ready-to-eat canned meats and fish; protein or fruit bars; dry cereal and granola; peanut butter; nuts; crackers and canned fruit juice
Cullen said families also need to consider what additional preparations may be necessary for people who have special needs or who care for the elderly, infants or pets. Family members also should plan for how they will communicate if local phone service is not available or is overwhelmed by high demand, Cullen said.
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