It’s Hurricane Season—Be Prepared

The hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean runs from June 1 through November 30 but October is traditionally the most active hurricane month for New York City and surrounding areas.

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Subscribe to outage alerts through MyNYCHA. The subscription will notify you not only about outages in your development, but also about building service news and inspection appointments.

Be ready for a blackout. If there is indeed an outage of any kind, make sure you’ve thought ahead about possible alternatives for water, gas, electricity (especially lighting), and phone service.

Identify your Hurricane Evacuation Zone to find the emergency shelter nearest to you.

Make an Emergency Contact List. This should provide all phone numbers and email addresses of anyone who is important in the day-to-day life of your family. Also, include important information such as prescription numbers, pharmacy information, and health insurance policy numbers.

Pack a Go Bag for each family member, with all emergency essentials: important personal documents (in a sealed plastic bag), that emergency contact list, extra cash, a three-day supply of food and water, a flashlight, a cell phone, spare batteries, a first-aid kit, a week’s supply of medications, a Swiss Army knife, toiletries, a change of clothes, a whistle, among other items.

Give your pet the same care. Make sure your furry friend has a collar, and its own emergency plan and kit. The collar should have your location and contact information.


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