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Experts Guide NYers During National Preparedness Month

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023   

Experts are advising New Yorkers about how to stay safe during natural disasters as part of National Preparedness Month. New York has been preparing for storms since Hurricane Sandy battered the state in 2012.

Funds from the Inflation Reduction Act have been allocated to make communities more resilient -- and as storms intensify, it's also important that people in individual households also know how to handle them.

Mitchell Petterson is the emergency services outreach leader for OnStar, a General Motors subsidiary that provides in-vehicle emergency services. He said one of the first steps is to create an emergency plan.

"Make your own plan for evacuation. Make your own plan for what you're going to do if you have to shelter in place," said Petterson. "Make your own plan for, if you're all outside the home and you need to get back together, where that location is going to be that you're going to find each other. Having some sort of plan for you and your family -- tremendously important."

He added people can also make digital copies of important documents, and develop emergency kits.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has upgraded this year's hurricane season to "above normal." Gov. Kathy Hochul has deployed resources from several agencies to keep New Yorkers safe during the remainder of the season.

Being proactive is critical, since Petterson points out that a natural disaster can occur at any time. He noted the biggest mistake people make is simply not preparing. Another can be not heeding warnings.

"If there's a disaster that occurs or an impending disaster, if your local emergency alert system warns you that something's coming, it's pretty critical that you follow the instructions," he stressed. "If there's an evacuation, it's important to evacuate. If it's important to shelter in place, or they ask you to shelter in place, it's important to do that."

He said people should take this month to get emergency kits and plans together. He advised not overlooking having fresh water, since it's not always available. In an emergency, the CDC advises people to boil or filter water from an unsafe source.



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