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Friday, August 26, 2011

Preparing for Irene: Where to Get Advice and Information

August 25, 2011, 6:24 PM

There are a range of organization and agencies offering advice on preparing for Hurricane Irene as it moves toward New York City and the surrounding areas.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management has up-to-date information on the hurricane, safety tips and a list of what to include in an emergency supply kit.
You can find out if you live in one of New York City’s hurricane evacuation zones by entering your street address on the agency’s Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder. This information is also available by dialing 311 in New York City or (212) 639-9675 outside the city. If you live in an evacuation zone, the system will direct you to the nearest evacuation center.
“Ready New York: Hurricane Guide,” available on the agency’s Web site, offers tips on how to make your home safe and how to prepare for the storm. The Federal Emergency Management Agency Web site provides general information about hurricane preparedness.
The National Weather Service has an updated map with the current location of the hurricane, as well as video briefings and audio podcasts.
Tune into KWO-35 (162.550 VHF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s weather radio station serving the city’s metropolitan area, for information about the hurricane.
In the event of flooding, you can call the National Flood Insurance Program (888) 379-9531 or the New York State Department of Insurance (212) 480-6400.
New Jersey residents should visit the Web site for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management or call 211 for hurricane information.
Information for Long Island residents is available on the Web site of Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management or by calling (516) 573-0636.
Connecticut residents can consult the Web site of the state’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security or call (800) 397-8876.

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