Submitted by ub on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 18:17


It appears that we will be facing some potentially dangerous weather this weekend.

As Hurricane Irene approaches the New York area, thee congressman wanted to share with some information from the Red Cross and New York City's Office of Emergency Management to help us all prepare for the storm.

Also, if you have neighbors who are elderly or otherwise might not be able to care for themselves, I hope you take a moment to check in with them and make sure they have the necessary supplies, such as groceries, flashlights, batteries and bottled water.

New York City's Office of Emergency Management has compiled a list of things to do to prepare for the storm. Click here to see the list.

Below are tips from the Red Cross. Click here to see the entire Red Cross list.

o NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).

o Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.

o Bring inside anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).

o Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters.

o Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest, so that food will last longer if the power goes out.

o Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.

o Fill your car's gas tank.

o Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan.

o Learn about your community's hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters.

o Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads / washed out bridges. Any questions about this message, please contact Joe Crowley;

Queens Office
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Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Bronx, NY 10465
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