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Velázquez Urges Preparations for Coming Storm

Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Sandy:


"With a potentially historic storm likely to affect all of the Mid-Atlantic region next week, it is vital New Yorkers make preparations to ensure their own safety.  I urge all New Yorkers to have a plan in place for a worst case scenario.  Equally important, we must look out for each other and our neighbors, especially those who are vulnerable such as our seniors." 


Velázquez noted that additional information on how to prepare for dangerous weather can be found on the website of the New York City's Office of Emergency Management 

 here or on the Red Cross' website here.  

Con Edison offers the following safety tips:


 -  If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.

-  Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you're in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.

If your power goes out, turn off all lights and appliances to prevent overloaded circuits when power is restored. 
-  Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios are working. Also, make sure you have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on power outages can be heard on most local radio and television stations.

Avoid opening your freezer to see if food is still frozen. Every time you open the door, room-temperature air enters and speeds the thawing process. Most fully loaded freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 36 to 48 hours; half-full freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.


Stock Your Car for Winter


This week marks Winter Weather Awareness Week in New York, a reminder that it's time to winterize your car and stock up on some emergency supplies. Snow arrived in NYC as early as October 29th last year, so be sure to keep the following items in your vehicle in preparation for the coming winter:


- A gallon of water
- Non-perishable foods (like protein bars and trail mix)
- A blanket
- A flashlight and extra batteries
- An ice scraper
- Cat litter/sand (for added traction if you get stuck in snow)
- Spare winter clothes (sweater/hoodie, hat, gloves)  


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NYC Hazards - Coastal Storms & Hurricanes



Coastal storms, including nor'easters, tropical storms and hurricanes, can and do affect New York City. Due to regional geography, hurricanes in New York City - though infrequent - can cause significant damage. With sustained winds of 74 mph or greater, hurricanes can flatten buildings, topple trees and turn loose objects into deadly projectiles. A major hurricane could push more than 30 feet of storm surge into some parts of New York City.


It's important New Yorkers take the time to prepare. All residents should have a plan in the event they need to evacuate or ride out the storm at home.

Download the Ready NY hurricane guide

To find out more about these storms and New York City's coastal storm response procedures, download the  Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City brochure.


Coastal Storm Basics

Find out more about coastal storms, hurricane forecasting, storm tracking, and measuring hurricane strength.


Hurricane Hazards

Learn more about storm surge and coastal flooding.


Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder

During hurricanes, residents in designated evacuation zones may be asked to leave their homes. To find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, use OEM's Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder.


NYC Hurricane History

Read more about hurricanes and New York City.


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