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Officials: Pack a Family Emergency Kit for Sandy

The following information was provided by the Office of the County Executive.

Rockland County Continues to Monitor Storm Path 
Vanderhoef Urges Residents to Prepare and Stay in Touch

(NEW CITY, NY) Rockland County fire and emergency personnel are continuing to monitor and prepare for Tropical Storm Sandy, which is expected to impact the county with winds in excess of 40 mph, as early as Sunday evening.

County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef is urging residents to take additional steps to develop an emergency supply kit. Vanderhoef particularly stressed the importance of individuals being able to receive the latest official information from local authorities on protective actions during the pending storm emergency,

“One of the best ways to receive emergency information is by subscribing to NY-Alert, the State’s all-hazards alert and notification system,” said Vanderhoef. “Since home telephones are electricity reliant, it is important to keep cell phones charged during this crisis period. It is an excellent way to stay in touch, especially during short term electrical outings.” 

The public is urged to subscribe to this free, web-based system. Residents can visit www.nyalert.gov and opt to receive emergency information via text messaging, email or cellular voice calls. Residents without internet access can call 1-888-697-6972.

Tropical Storm Sandy may turn out to be a multi-day incident and the
following checklist should be considered:

Developing a Family Supply Kit:
*Portable battery-powered radio 
*Flashlight(s) 
*Extra batteries for all portable electronic devices 
*At least a 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day); store
water in sealed, unbreakable containers and replace every 6 months 
*3- to 5-day supply of emergency, ready-to-eat, non-perishable packaged
or canned foods that do not require refrigeration - include peanut
butter, crackers, granola bars and other high energy foods 
*Manual can opener 
*Clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes for each family member 
*Sleeping bags, bedding or blankets for each family member 
*One week’s supply of essential prescription medicines (be sure to check the expiration dates) 
*Emergency heating equipment (used properly with adequate ventilation) with ample fuel supply and fire extinguisher 
*Special items for infants, the elderly or family members with special
needs 
*Extra pair of glasses or contact lenses and solution (be sure to check the expiration dates) 
*List of family physicians, important medical information, and the style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers 
*Identification, credit cards, cash and photocopies of important family documents including home insurance information 
*Extra set of car and house keys 

Emergency First Aid Kit:
*First Aid Manual
*Sterile Adhesive Bandages and Gauze Pads
*Over-the-Counter Drugs {aspirin, anti-diarrhea medications, activated
charcoal, syrup of ipecac}
*Antiseptic Ointment
*Latex Gloves
*Thermometer
*Tweezers
*Needles
*Tongue Depressors

Other Items:
*Soap
*Screwdrivers
*Cutters & Scissors
*Duct Tape    
*Waterproof Matches
*Flairs
*Plastic Storage Containers
*Needle & Thread
*Pen & Paper
*Garbage Bags
*Regular Household Bleach (for disinfecting)

If the storm approaches:
*Stay inside, away from windows and glass doors.
*Charge your cell phones and important electronic devices
*Turn refrigerator to maximum cold and open only when necessary.
*People on wells, fill bathtub with water for sanitary use.

If you lose electrical service:
*Contact Orange and Rockland to report the outage and to get
information about area repair schedules. 
*Turn off or unplug lights and appliances to prevent a circuit overload
when service is restored.
*Leave one light on to indicate power has been restored.
*Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to help
reduce food spoilage.
*If you have space in your refrigerator or freezer, fill plastic
containers with water, leaving an inch of space inside each one. 

For more information on hurricane preparedness, tune to local radio and television stations that will provide up-to-date official information
during an emergency.

In Rockland County radio stations that would carry emergency information include:  WHUD 100.7 FM, WRCR 1300 AM, and Rockland County’s Residents Information Station 1640 AM or visit www.rocklandgov.com or contact the Rockland County Office of Fire & Emergency Services at 845.364.8800. Individuals with special needs can register online at www.rocklandregisters.com or call Information Rockland at 845-364-2020.  

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