FEMA Hurricane Sandy Update & Suffolk County & Nassau County Shelter Information

*Please check out this post and the following post for important Hurricane Sandy Information*

FEMA PREPARES AS HURRICANE SANDY MOVES CLOSER TO U.S. COASTOctober 28, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Status as of 11 a.m. EDT

  • As of 11 a.m. EDT, the National Weather Service reported that the center of Hurricane Sandy was about 250 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC; approximately 575 miles south of  New York City.
    • Sandy has sustained winds of 75 miles per hour
  • A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Cape Fear, NC to Duck, NC including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.
  • A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm conditions, sustained winds of 39mph or greater, are expected within 36 hours.
  • Tropical storm force winds are expected north of Chatham, MA to Merrimack River, MA and along the lower Chesapeake Bay.
  • In addition, hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the coast between Chincoteague, VA and Chatham MA.  This includes the middle and upper Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay and the coasts of the northern Delmarva Peninsula, New Jersey, the New York City area, Long Island, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
  • Hurricane Sandy is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge flooding to the Mid-Atlantic coast, including Long Island Sound and the New York Harbor.  Winds are expected to be near hurricane force at landfall.

Federal Coordination and Mobilizations

  • This weekend, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan briefed the President, providing an update on Hurricane Sandy and ongoing federal actions to prepare for the storm as it continues to move toward the United States mainland. The President has directed Administrator Fugate to ensure that federal partners continue to bring all available resources to bear to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas along the Eastern seaboard as they prepare for severe weather.
  • This weekend, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate reached out to the governors of states that have been or will be impacted by Hurricane Sandy to make sure the state and local teams had the support they need as preparations for the storm continue.
  • The FEMA National Response Coordination Center (NRCC), a multi-agency center based at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C, is activated. The NRCC provides overall coordination of the federal response by bringing together federal departments and agencies to assist in the preparations for and response to disasters. Select emergency support functions are activated to support state operations.
  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate continues to hold daily video teleconference calls to discuss the latest developments with the National Weather Service, partner agencies, and regional and state representatives to discuss preparations for the storm.
  • In advance of any potential impacts of the storm, and in coordination with the states, FEMA deployed Incident Management Assistance Teams to states along the East Coast including Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia to assist state and local partners as they prepare for the severe weather.
  • In addition, FEMA proactively deployed liaison officers to emergency operation centers in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia to help coordinate if additional support is needed.
  • Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) personnel and teams are in place or are en route to Delaware, the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania to support the states with secure and non-secure voice, video, and information services, operations, and logistics support to state response operations, and with any potential requests for assistance.
  • Additional teams are ready to be mobilized as needed and requested.
  • At all times, FEMA maintains commodities, including millions of liters of water, millions of meals and hundreds of thousands of blankets, strategically located at distribution centers throughout the United States and its territories, including Atlanta, GA and Frederick, MD, if needed and requested.
  • FEMA and DOD are establishing Incident Support Bases in Westover, MA and Lakehurst, NJ to position supplies including water, meals, blankets and other resources closer to potentially impacted areas, should they be needed.
  • U.S. Northern Command deployed Regional Defense Coordinating Officers (DCO), and portions of the Defense Coordinating Element (DCE), in advance of the storm, to validate, plan and coordinate potential Department of Defense (DOD) support of FEMA’s response operations and to facilitate DOD support of life-saving and response operations.
  • The Department of Energy (DOE) is working closely with FEMA, and in support of state and local officials, who are responsible for working with utilities as they prepare for storms, deployed emergency response personnel to FEMA Regional Response Coordination Centers (RRCC) in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, and additional personnel are on standby to assist.  DOE is working with states and local partners as the electric industry begins the process of pre-mobilizing storm and field personnel to assist in power restoration efforts.  DOE will provide Hurricane Sandy Situation Reports as appropriate once the storm hits. These reports will be available to the public and will detail the storm’s impacts and the restoration activities being taken by the energy sector.
  • In advance of the storm, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has mobilized Temporary Emergency Power resources to be pre-staged at Incident Support Bases. These resources consist of planning and response teams, the 249th Prime Power battalion with technical expertise to assess critical facility generator requirements and private sector contract support to install and operate generators.

Severe Weather and Winter Storm Preparedness Actions for those in the Watch and Warning areas:

  • Hurricane Sandy remains a large storm system that is expected to continue to affect coastal and inland areas this weekend and have widespread impacts early next week.  This weather system is forecast to bring high winds, heavy rains, dangerous surf, and snow in some places. FEMA urges those along the East Coast to monitor the progress of Hurricane Sandy.
  • It’s important to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and local news.  FEMA urges those in the path of the storm to follow instructions of state, tribal and local officials. If told to evacuate – evacuate.
  • The FEMA smartphone app provides safety tips and displays open shelter information at http://www.fema.gov/smartphone-app. To find an open Red Cross shelter, download the Red Cross Hurricane app or visit redcross.org.
  • Prepare your family, home, or business now to lessen the impact of severe weather. Review your ‘go kit’ to make sure you have your home and personal insurance information as well as the latest prescriptions or medical supplies you or your family members may need. Identify a location to meet up with family and friends should you become separated or need to move to a local emergency shelter.
  • Please visit Ready.gov (Listo.gov para español) to learn more about the simple steps you can take to be prepared.
  • Everyone should also familiarize themselves with the terms that are used to identify a severe weather hazard. Terms used to describe severe tropical weather include the following:
    • A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.  Monitor local radio and television new outlets or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest developments.
    • A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours.  If local officials give the order to evacuate, leave immediately.
  • Remember flooding, and especially flash flooding, are a major risk during tropical weather and small mistakes can lead to deadly results.
  • Never drive your car through standing water or around emergency barricades, and do not try to walk through more than two inches of running water.
  • Power outages and flooding that can result from weather emergencies can compromise the safety of stored food, plan ahead to minimize the risk of food-borne illness.
  • A closed refrigerator will keep food safely for about four hours and a closed, full freezer can keep food safe about 48 hours.
  • Remember for meat, poultry, fish and eggs, “when in doubt, throw it out.” Have a cooler on hand to keep refrigerator food cold in case of power outage, and grouping food together in the freezer; this helps the food stay cold longer.
  • Additional food safety preparedness tips can be found at USDA Food Safety Inspection Service’s website http://www.fsis.usda.gov .

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Suffolk County has provided the following information regarding shelters:

Suffolk County to open Shelters and Residents Residing in Flood Prone Areas are Encouraged to Consider Alternative Arrangements.

All residents of Suffolk County residing in flood prone neighborhoods, or areas, that have experienced flooding as a result of coastal storms, tidal flooding, freshwater, or drainage issues from previous storms or runoff should consider alternative arrangements and avoid remaining in these areas. Do not be complacent, this storm has many of the characteristics of a hurricane and Nor’easter. You should be making your decisions and completing your preparations now while the weather is good. To stay informed, and get updated information visit http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov. Please stay tuned to local media for up to date information.

Suffolk County in conjunction with the American Red Cross will be opening 3 shelters at 8am on Sunday October 28, 2012.

  • Hampton Bays High School – 88 Argonne Avenue Hampton Bays, NY 11946
  • Sachem East High School -177 Granny Road Farmingville, NY 11738
  • Brentwood High School Sonderling Bldg. – 52 Third Avenue Brentwood, NY 11717

Suffolk County in conjunction with the SPCA will be opening 2 pet friendly shelters at 8am on Sunday October 28, 2012.

Pet Friendly Shelters:

  • Brentwood Rec Center – 99 Third Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717
  • Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus – Corchaug Bldg. – 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road Riverhead, NY 11901

Anyone planning on utilizing shelters, please remember to bring medications and disposable medical supplies.
For a detailed list of items you should bring to shelters please go to the following link:

Suffolk County:  Items to Bring to a Shelter

Nassau County has provided the following information regarding shelters:

Nassau County has also added a Pet Friendly Shelter at Mitchel Field – the Admin Building in Uniondale starting at 3pm today (Sunday).

Other public shelters in Nassau will open today at 1:00 p.m.:

  • Nassau Community College – P Building- located at 1 Education Drive in Garden City East.
  • Levittown Memorial- located at 150 Abbey Lane in Levittown
  • Locust Valley High School – located at 99 Horse Hollow Road in Locust Valley.

To learn more about hurricane preparation, including assembling an Emergency Go-Kit, residents are encouraged to visit http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/hurricane

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