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Emergency Prepare for Hurricane Irene

It is still uncertain the approach of Hurricane Irene. Please pass this information to help all families. NYS has declared a state of emergency. We would like to stress that you take the time now to explore possible tips and ideas to protect your family. Please prepare for the worst especially since our special children may need plans beyond what others may needs.
We will continue to update Facebook and our web site for any new information. Please see information below from  NYS Senator John Flanagan.

Dial “911” only for  life-threatening emergencies. Do not dial “911” for information.
Dial “852-COPS” for non-emergency Police calls in Suffolk County.

Dear friend,

As our region readies itself for the possibility of being impacted by Hurricane Irene, I wanted to let you know about a section on my website that is designed to help you and your family get as prepared as possible. The Emergency Preparedness section  of my web site contains important tips from experts and web site links that will help you get prepared for any emergency.

To access this information, please click here  or visit and click on the Emergency Preparedness section on the home page.

While the exact path of the current storm and its impact on our region are still uncertain, it is a good reminder that we all need to be prepared for any possibility. I hope you will find this section helpful as we approach this weekend and also hope that you and your family remain safe.

As always, please feel free to contact my office at your convenience if I can be of any assistance.

John Flanagan

Emergency Preparedness Information from Senator Flanagan

Posted by John J. Flanagan on Saturday, August 6th, 2011

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Please use the information below to get ready and stay ready in the event of an emergency.



Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit: From “Preparing for Disaster.” Developed by the American Red Cross and the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

There are six basics you should stock for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container–suggested items are marked with an asterisk(*). Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.


  • Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
  • Store one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).*


  • Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned juices
  • Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
  • High energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods

First Aid Kit

Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.

  • (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes.
  • (1) 5″ x 9″ sterile dressing.
  • (1) conforming roller gauze bandage.
  • (2) triangular bandages.
  • (2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads.
  • (2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads.
  • (1) roll 3″ cohesive bandage.
  • (2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • (6) antiseptic wipes.
  • (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves.
  • Adhesive tape, 2″ width.
  • Anti-bacterial ointment.
  • Cold pack.
  • Scissors (small, personal).
  • Tweezers.
  • CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield.

Non-Prescription Drugs

  • Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Laxative
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)

Tools and Supplies

  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*
  • Emergency preparedness manual*
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
  • Flashlight and extra batteries*
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change*
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
  • Tube tent
  • Pliers
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper, pencil
  • Needles, thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  • Whistle
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)


  • Toilet paper, towelettes*
  • Soap, liquid detergent*
  • Feminine supplies*
  • Personal hygiene items*
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach

Clothing and Bedding

*Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots*
  • Rain gear*
  • Blankets or sleeping bags*
  • Hat and gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses

Special Items

  • Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons

For Baby*

  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications

For Adults*

  • Heart and high blood pressure medication
  • Insulin
  • Prescription drugs
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses


  • Games and books

Important Family Documents

  • Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
    • Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds
    • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
    • Bank account numbers
    • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
  • Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.

Information from the Red Cross on Sheltering in Place – One of the instructions you may be given in an emergency where hazardous materials may have been released into the atmosphere is to shelter-in-place. This is a precaution aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors. (This is not the same thing as going to a shelter in case of a storm.) Shelter-in-place means selecting a small, interior room, with no or few windows, and taking refuge there. It does not mean sealing off your entire home or office building. If you are told to shelter-in-place, follow the instructions provided in this Fact Sheet.


Pet carrier/cage with toy
Food and water
Leash/harness with ID tag


Pets are currently not allowed in most shelters
Plan ahead by calling hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they accept pets
Ask friends and relatives who are out of the evacuation area if they could shelter your vet
Prepare a list of boarding facilities, veterinarians or animal shelters that provide emergency shelters

If you must evacuate, the best way to protect your pets is to evacuate them too— do not leave them behind where they can be injured or lost!

Currently, pets are not allowed (except service animals) in shelters in Nassau County. Senator Flanagan is trying to change that by supporting the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 that would require New York State and local governments to establish pet-friendly evacuation and sheltering standards as part of their disaster preparedness planning.

(516) 676-0808


If you must evacuate, take only necessities from the Household Preparation List, including items under “documentation”

Bring blankets or sleeping bags and pillows, extra clothing, eye glasses, rain gear, toiletries and hygiene products, quiet games, reading material, tools, etc. Also, take a map, since you may encounter detours. Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuate.

Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate. Secure structurally unstable building materials.