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Preparing For the Worst Weather

Preparing For the Worst Weather

On May 22nd, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report that because the expected severity of El Nino along the Pacific Coast of North American, the Atlantic hurricane season for 2014 will be slower and less volatile than in past years.  While this may come as a relief to many who are still recovering form 2012’s Super Storm Sandy, it should not be taken as an indication for Long Island and New York City residents to let their guards down.  In fact, this should be looked at as an opportunity to prepare for the future.

Regardless of the predictions of government agencies and meteorologists, predicting the weather with 100% accuracy can be as difficult as trying to locate Bigfoot.  We all know from past experience that we have been told to prepare for the worst and there is barely a sprinkle of rain or a dusting of snow.  Other times we are told that the next day will be mild only to wake up to torrential rains or 12 inches of snow.  The difference in how we cope is what we do to prepare.

While snow is not always as devastating as a hurricane or nor’easter, preparing for imminent snow entails the usual.  Ensuring the snow-blower is gassed up and ready to go, having snow melt on hand and the typical Long Island reaction of buying milk and bread!  But for the summer and fall weather occurrences can wreak much more damage and cause more debilitating situations for home owners.  These are the ones you should prepare for now as the preparations can be much easier.

First, if you are in a low lying area that is along the shore, know the best routes to evacuate if necessary.  And know where the shelters are, whether they are a local high school or community college.  Second, have backpacks ready with essentials such as changes of clothing, toiletries (the little sample sizes you can buy at any store will work), extra supplies of medicine for specific health issues and even books and games for the kids.  Also, if you have a family pet you should have an escape pack for them with food, snacks, collars and leashes and depending on the size or type of pet, a way to transport them and keep them secure.

Second, make sure that the electronics you may need are easy to transport and that you have extra charge chords for all.  Ensure that your cell phones are programmed with any necessary numbers.  Finally, if disaster does strike and your home is damaged, understand who the service providers are in your area to help you recover as quickly as possible as well as what the processes are in the event that state of federal assistance can be acquired to help with recovery.

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