Energy & Environment Corner: Emergency Preparedness
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Proper planning before disaster strikes is essential in minimizing loss of life and maximizing faster recovery. Take the time now to properly prepare.
This month marks the second Hurricane Sandy anniversary. In October 2012, Westchester County and Metropolitan New York City saw its worst tidal flooding brought on by a hurricane in over one hundred years.
Water swallowed up lower Manhattan, parts of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Apartment dwellers and homeowners were stranded by the flooding. The storm crippled our roadways, subways and electric grid. Thousands of City residents lost power. We learned from this experience just how vulnerable our infrastructure — from roadways, to fuel, to energy transmission — is to natural disaster.
Resiliency, redundancy, and emergency preparedness are our new watch words. SHARE New York, along with our members and partner organizations, works to help ensure that our State maintains the highest level of disaster preparedness. We work to ensure that our state leaders take all necessary steps to harden our infrastructure, especially our electric transmission grid, which is among the most vulnerable.
Hurricane Sandy and other recent storms taught us that their severity is often unpredictable and can strike with little advance warning. In the event of the next extreme weather condition, storm or man-made disaster, are you prepared? Here are a few steps you should take to ensure your, and your family’s, safety:
- Ask about emergency plans at your job, at your child’s daycare or school, and by your mass transit provider.
- Plan in advance how you will get to a safe place; how your family members will contact one another and how and where you will get back together.
- Create a basic emergency supply kit that includes nonperishable food, medications, clothes, flashlights and batteries, personal hygiene items, blankets, first aid kit, cash, rainwear, and important family documents (in a waterproof container).
Preparedness is essential to protecting your livelihood — or perhaps even your life– from events like hurricanes. We cannot afford to be lackadaisical in our approach to emergency preparedness. Proper planning before disaster strikes is essential in minimizing loss of life and maximizing faster recovery in affected communities. Take the time now to properly prepare.