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DO 04 - Leg. Muratore - PR

Posted on: July 6, 2020

Legislator Tom Muratore Warns– “Be Prepared for Hurricanes”

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The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, 2020, and will end on November 30, 2020. Once again, Legislator Tom Muratore would like to remind residents of Hurricane Preparedness. “Most of this year’s focus has been on the Coronavirus pandemic and ’flattening the curve,’ but we must still remember that hurricane season is upon us and won’t stop because of Covid-19,” stated Legislator Muratore. “It’s important to be prepared for the worst, and hope for the best.”

Know Your Risk and What to Do

Homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage.

  • Inquire about emergency plans and procedures at your child’s school (when they return) and at your workplace.
  • Make a family disaster plan that includes out-of-town contacts and locations to reunite if you become separated. Be sure everyone knows home, work and cell phone numbers, and how to call 9-1-1.
  • Assemble a disaster supplies kit with food, water, medical supplies, battery-powered radio and NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, batteries, flashlights, and other items that  will allow you to get by for 3 days after a hurricane hits.
  • Gather important documents such as birth and marriage certificates, social security cards, passports, wills, deeds, and financial and insurance records. Store them in a fire and flood safe location or safe deposit box.


Prepare Your Home before the Storm

  • Install permanent wooden or metal storm shutters or board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood.
  • Install metal straps or hurricane clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure.
  • Trim trees and clear rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Plan ahead for protection of pets and livestock. For information go to and search on “Pet Owners.”

As the Storm Approaches

  • Remember that a Hurricane Watch means the onset of hurricane conditions is possible within 36 hours; a Hurricane Warning means the onset of hurricane conditions is likely within 24 hours.
  • Have a full tank of gas in a vehicle, cash, and your disaster supplies kit ready to go.
  • Make sure every family member carries or wears identification.
  • Listen to the radio or television and NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards for current information and be prepared to act quickly.
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to maximum cold and keep closed.
  • Secure your boat or move it to a safer mooring.
  • Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water for bathing, flushing toilets, and cleaning, but do not drink this water.
  • Secure or bring inside such outdoor items as patio furniture, kids’ slides, and power mowers.
  • Turn off propane tanks. Shut off other utilities if emergency officials advise you to do so.

Evacuate if You:

  • Are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
  • Live in a mobile home, a high-rise building, on the coast, a floodplain, near a river, or an inland waterway, or otherwise feel you will be in danger.

If You Are Told to Evacuate:

  • Turn off all utilities if authorities advise you to do so.
  • Don’t delay in evacuating once you get word to leave.
  • Stick to designated evacuation routes. If you need help, this is the most likely place to find it.
  • Take your most reliable vehicle; avoid taking multiple vehicles, which could contribute to gridlock.


If You Cannot Evacuate and Are Staying in Your Home:

  • Go to a safe indoor place for refuge, such as an interior room, closet, or hallway. Stay downstairs only if you are not in a flood prone or storm surge area.
  • Do not go outdoors during the storm, even in its early stages. Flying debris is extremely dangerous.
  • Close all doors, brace external doors, stay clear of windows and keep curtains and blinds shut. If necessary take cover under a heavy table, or under something protective.
  • Don’t be tricked by a sudden lull in the storm, it may be the “eye” passing over. The storm can/will resume. 


Immediately After a Storm:

  • Use extreme caution going outdoors. Be alert for downed power lines, broken glass, and damage to building foundations, streets and bridges, and coastal or hillside erosion.
  • Keep listening to radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
  • Watch for closed roads. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road: Don’t Drown, Turn Around. 

Be Prepared to:

  • Stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from power lines.
  • Once home, check gas, water, electrical lines and appliances for damage.
  • Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Never use candles or other open flames indoors.
  • When using a generator, avoid electrocution hazards by following manufacturers’ instructions and standard electrical code.
  • Do not drink tap water until you know it is safe.

The Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management  (FRES) has a wealth of information to help you and your family prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, including sheltering information, preparedness plans, weather information, and more. You can also sign up for emergency notifications  Visit:


Have a great summer, and stay safe!

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