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Aug 25, 2011 4:31 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Tips To Prepare For Hurricane Irene

Aug 30, 2011 1:19 PM

East End residents should make preparations for Hurricane Irene, which is expected to impact Long Island this weekend, beginning on Saturday.

Local officials are advising residents to have provisions such as water, food and medications on hand to last for three to seven days.

Local officials are recommending a series of items and precautions.

Items to have on hand:

• One gallon of water per person per day for at least three and as many as seven days.

• Three to seven days of nonperishable food and medical supplies.

• Flashlights

• Battery-operated radio

• First-aid medical kit, fire extinguisher and essential medications

• Protective clothing, rain wear and blankets

• Special items for babies, the elderly or disabled and pets

• A whistle to signal for help;

• Wrench or pliers to turn off burst water utilities

• Garbage bags and plastic ties

• Plywood, nails and materials needed to board up windows and protect your home

• Toilet paper, moist towelettes for sanitation and other personal hygiene items

• Maps of the area

• Camera for photos of damage

Precautions to take:

• Secure all items outside your house that could be swept away by strong winds. Bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans and hanging plants. Tie down or stabilize boats.

• Test your generators and put up your shutters.

• Assemble a Go Bag for each household member in the event you need to leave.

• Review your home insurance policy to make sure you know what is and isn’t covered.

• Create a home inventory of your belongings. If you don’t have time to, quickly videotape or photograph your property. The more detail you include, the easier it will be for your insurance company to evaluate your loss.

• Turn refrigerators and freezers down to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.

• Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be cared for.

• Fill your car’s gas tank and make sure your cell phone batteries, and other electronics, are charged.

• For those relying on heating oil, if you must evacuate, turn off the heating oil supply valve at the tank before flood waters rise. If you must evacuate, turn off furnace or boiler emergency switch. Make sure your heating oil tank is bolted to the ground or floor to ensure it won’t move during a flood.

Precautions to follow after a storm:

• If you are subjected to a mandatory evacuation, only return home when officials say it’s safe.

• Avoid washed-out bridges and flooded roads, and drive only when necessary.

• Stay away from loose or dangling power lines, and report them to the power company immediately.

• In the event of a gas emergency or leak—for example, if you smell gas—you can call National Grid’s Long Island phone number at 1-800-930-5003. Do not turn off the gas meter even in the event of an evacuation.

• Inspect your home for damage, and take pictures for insurance purposes. File insurance claims as quickly as possible.

• Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water unless you’re sure it’s not contaminated.

• Use flashlights—not candles—in the dark.

• If oil heat equipment has been flooded, be sure to shut off the tank service valve if you did not do so before evacuating.

• Look for any visible structural damage to your heating oil tank. If the tank has shifted, lines are bent or damaged, or you notice anything else unusual, contact your heating oil retailer immediately.

• Watch animals closely and keep them under your control.

• If your appliances have been in contact with water, please contact a licensed plumbing or heating contractor to make sure the appliances are safe to operate.

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