Mitigation, Planning, Response and Recovery
NYS DOH Storm Preparedness and Recovery
For additional storm preparedness information, go to http://www.dhses.ny.gov/aware-prepare/.
Storm Guidelines for New York State Health Care Facilities
Important steps New Yorkers should take to be prepared for a storm
- Have plenty of non-perishable food and water supplies on hand. Make sure battery-operated radios and flashlights are available and have an ample supply of batteries. Hand-cranked flashlights and radios that do not need batteries may also be useful. Have a first aid kit available and make sure there is an adequate supply of prescription drugs and other medicines on hand for those who require them.
- Know how to contact all family members at all times. Identify an out-of-town friend or family member to be the “emergency family contact.” Then make certain all family members have that number. Designate a family emergency meeting place where the family can meet in case you can’t go home.
- Pay particular attention to relatives with special needs, small children and pets. Know where to relocate pets during a storm because most shelters will not accept pets. Shelters will only accept “service animals” that assist people with disabilities.
- Prepare an emergency phone list of people and organizations that may need to be called. Include children’s schools, doctors, child/senior care providers, and insurance agents.
- Follow the news and emergency broadcasts of local radio and television stations that will provide up-to-date official information during a storm emergency, including recommendations to evacuate specific areas.
- Find out what emergency plans are in place in your community and how you will be notified in the event of an emergency.
- Know the hurricane risks in your area and learn the storm surge history and elevation of your area.
- Store important documents such as insurance policies, medical records, bank account numbers, and social security cards in waterproof containers. Also have cash (in small bills), checkbook, credit and ATM cards readily available.
Emergency Preparedness Resources
Resources are available on the NYSDOH Emergency Preparedness webpage.
For additional information, visit:
New York State Emergency Management Office
New York State Association of County Health Officials
Public Health Preparedness – National Association of City and County Health Officials
Emergency Preparedness and Response – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Get Ready Campaign – American Public Health Association
Ready – Plan. Prepare. Stay Informed. (on-line emergency planning tools) – U.S. Department of Homeland Security Resources
Emergency Disaster Response and Preparedness – The American Red Cross
Preparedness – Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
NYS Department of Health
For current and updated hurricane preparedness information, visit the New York State Department of Health website.
Contrary to popular belief among many New Yorkers, coastal storms, including hurricanes, can and do impact the City. Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City includes general tips on how to prepare for any emergency, instructions on how to develop a hurricane disaster plan and secure your home before a storm, and a map of New York City hurricane evacuation zones.
Emergency Preparedness References
The National Organization on Disabilities Emergency Preparedness Initiative:
Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities:
Emergency Evacuation Preparedness: Taking Responsibility for Your Safety–A Guide For People with Disabilities and Other Activity Limitations By June Isaacson Kailes, Disability Policy Consultant: http://www.cdihp.org/evacuationpdf.htm
FEMA—Federal Emergency Management Agency: Individuals With Special Needs
Disability Preparedness Center
Disability Preparedness DHS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Emergency Preparedness
http://emergency.cdc.gov/ The Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/services/0,1103,0_313_,00.htm
Food and Drug Administration: State Health Departments