As Hurricane Florence ravishes the Carolinas, county officials are urging Westchester residents to review their emergency plans and obtain critical supplies in case any severe weather strikes the area during hurricane season.
“Now is the time to assemble the essential items that you would need at home if a major storm hits and causes flooding or power outages," said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. "These items can quickly disappear from store shelves when a storm is looming or has just occurred."
According to emergency responders, residents should have several days’ worth of food, water, medicine and other critical supplies like flashlights and batteries on hand in the event that they are stuck in their homes without power.
They should also have a “go-bag” ready in case they are asked to evacuate on short notice during an emergency, some cash available in the event that ATM’s and credit card machines are out of service, and they should keep the fuel tank full in their vehicles.
“In recent years, severe storms have caused significant property damage and extended power outages in Westchester,” Latimer said. “We don’t know what Mother Nature has in store for us this hurricane season so hope for the best but plan for the worst.”
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