Tuesday, Jun 25th

Get Prepared for the Hurricane: Here's Your To-Do List

stormjohnson3Forecasters predict that a hurricane or tropical storm is coming our way this weekend. No one knows how severe the upcoming storm will be and whether or not there will be flooding or power outages. However most Scarsdale residents remember the March, 2010 storm and realize that high winds and rain can wreak havoc here.  If you’re thinking about what you can do to get ready, the National Hurricane Center has provided the following list of essentials to weather the upcoming storm. You still have a day or two to gather what you need, so why not be prepared? Here is what they suggest:

  • Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days.
  • Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days including non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices, snacks and foods for infants or the elderly. Make sure you have a manual can opener, paper plates and plastic utensils.
  • First aid kit including medicine and prescription drugs
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
  • Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
  • Cash (with some small bills) and credit cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
  • Keys
  • Special items for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes
  • Toys, Books and Games
  • Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag including insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, and social security card.
  • Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items: including proper identification, immunization records, medications, ample supply of food and water, a carrier or cage,muzzle and leash
  • If you do lose power, report it to Con Edison by calling 1-800-752-6633. Con Edison tracks every call, so even if your neighbor has already alerted them, it's worth a call. Keep your Con Edison account number handy as they may ask for it.

If your home does flood, here are some do’s and don’ts sent to us by Hillary Shepard of Servpro in Scarsdale:


  • Ensure your electricity is turned off before entering a flooded structure.
  • Assume flood water is contaminated, and minimize contact with it.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove any valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Remediation companies like Servpro can pump out the water, dry homes or businesses and prevent mold. http://www.servproofscarsdalemountvernon.com/



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