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Red Cross and Long Island Partners Highlight Hurricane Preparedness

Red Cross and Long Island Partners Highlight Hurricane Preparedness.
"Preparedness is critical when it comes to life-threatening disasters such as hurricanes."

The Long Island Red Cross stood alongside officials from Suffolk County, Nassau County, National Grid and PSEG Long Island to discuss hurricane readiness on Long Island and the importance of being prepared for the unexpected.

“Preparedness is critical when it comes to life-threatening disasters such as hurricanes,” said Liz Barker, Interim CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island. “It’s important that families and individuals make time to build an emergency kit, create an evacuation plan, and download the new free Red Cross Emergency App to help make it through the next storm safely.”

“As June 1 begins hurricane season for our region, I am happy to join the Long Island Red Cross and my partners in government and the private sector to speak about our emergency preparations and the collaboration that takes place with all of our agencies,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “Our residents should know that we are continually reviewing and improving our emergency operations to ensure that we are best prepared for when emergency situations occur. I thank Liz Barker and the Long Island Red Cross for their continual commitment to the residents of Suffolk and Nassau Counties. The Red Cross is always there to answer the call and has been a ready and willing partner to respond to and provide for resources during emergency situations.”

“Superstorm Sandy taught us that given our location as an island, we are vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean and susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes,” said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. “It is critical that residents be prepared for hurricane season and take all hurricane warnings seriously. Don’t take any chances and make sure your Emergency Go-Kit and Family & Friends Sheltering Plan are in place and ready should Emergency Management officials determine your neighborhood must evacuate.”

“Our first priority is to keep the public and our employees safe during normal weather conditions, and especially in preparation for and following a hurricane. We have invested in our system and made considerable upgrades for storm resiliency. Although we hope a storm doesn’t hit, we’re fully prepared to quickly and effectively service our system, support those customers in need, and provide mutual assistance to PSEG Long Island for the benefit of all or our customers,” said Bob DeMarinis, Vice President of Gas Operations New York, National Grid.

“It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when the next significant storm is going to hit Long Island,” said David Daly, president and COO, PSEG Long Island. “We are confident that our infrastructure and technology investments, comprehensive communications tools and the improvements we’ve made to our storm restoration processes will ensure that our customers, employees and systems are ready to weather severe storms in the future.”

Hurricanes are powerful and dangerous storms. They can bring heavy rains that cause major flooding; destructive winds that down power lines, uproot trees and damage homes; and storm surges that travel several miles inland destroying everything in its path.

The Red Cross urged everyone to get better prepared for this hurricane season:

  • Create an emergency preparedness kit with food and water and other basic supplies for each family member to last at least three days. Remember to include essential medications, copies of important documents and special items for children and pets.
  • Plan what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency and what to do if you have to evacuate. Coordinate with your child’s school, your work and community’s emergency plans.
  • Be informed about what disasters or emergencies may occur where you live, work, play and pray, and how to respond as safely as possible. Find out how local officials will contact you during a disaster and how you will get important information.
  • Additionally, the Red Cross highlighted their mobile preparedness resource, their Emergency App,

  • Emergency is the one-download resource that puts vital information at your fingertips. This “all-inclusive” app combines more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts from natural to man-made, giving the user real-time information to help keep them and their loved ones safe.
  • The Red Cross Emergency app is highly customizable and informative. Choose the alerts that are important to your location. Monitor activity across the country to know when incidents are about to occur in the locations of your family and friends. Activate “Family Safe” to notify loved ones that an alert has been issued in their area and check to see if they are safe. Access vital information on what to do before, during and after an emergency strikes. Whether it’s a hurricane or earthquake, heat wave, blizzard or more, Emergency keeps you in the know and prepared to respond.
  • To download the app, search “Red Cross” in your app store.
  • In addition to encouraging families to prepare, the Red Cross has been working with community partners to strengthen its current capacity to respond to large-scale disasters.

    One way it has done this is with the placement of dozens more mobile trailers stocked with relief items across the Greater New York region, including Long Island. The mobile trailers filled with bulk relief supplies have been strategically placed in safe areas adjacent to, but outside, hurricane flood zones. The trailers, which are mobile, can help thousands of families and are filled with tens of thousands of critical items including blankets, flashlights, crank radios and cell chargers, as well as cleanup kits, work gloves, shovels, rakes, detergent and tarps.

    In addition to supplies, the Red Cross also has a volunteer core of more than 1,100 dedicated and trained Long Islanders, as well as thousands more volunteers across the region. They are ready to step in to help as soon as a disaster occurs.

    To learn more about how to prepare and how to join the Red Cross, visit