Living on the shore means you will at some point, live through a hurricane. Irene slammed the coast of NY and Ct in 2011 and she left us all with a reminder of how powerful any storm can be. Houses along the shore in my city, East Haven, Ct., were swept out to sea, streets became rivers, and giant trees that were once part of a landscape became road blocks.

One year later, here we are again in CT preparing, waiting for Hurricane Sandy to hit. There are those who are still rebuilding from Irene, who once again risk losing everything.

I’ve heard people say, “Why would you want to live in a place that can be taken away so easily?”. Those of us who live on shore love it, yes we have to deal with Mother Nature’s wrath but if you think about it, everyone has a piece of her. I couldn’t imagine living in a place where there are tornadoes or earthquakes, yet people live there. We all know how to prepare and know the most important thing about these occurrences is to keep ourselves and loved ones safe.

CT

Gov. Dannel Malloy said state highways will close at 1:00 p.m. to all non-essential cars on Monday. Trucks will be banned from limited access highways at 11:00 a.m Monday. All evacuations on the shore were in affect Sunday night and Monday residents will not be allowed back in their houses.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Monday morning ordered that all expiration dates and periods of validity for motor vehicle registrations, licenses, permits, certificates and other forms of credentials issued by or on behalf of the Department of Motor Vehicles be immediately extended until further notice due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Connecticut.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Sunday evening announced that he has ordered all non-essential state employees not to report into work on Monday, October 29, in response to the impending severe impact of Hurricane Sandy on Connecticut.

NYC

Hi Rach. Debbie here. Hunkered down in Manhattan and paying close attention to  the hurricane Sandy updates from Mayor Bloomberg and the other television newscasters.  Mayor Bloomberg has been telling everyone to stay inside.  As you wrote, buses and subway service has been suspended .  The streets are flooded and there are a few folks on the streets trying to get last minute food and water.  A few stores have stayed open in New York and New Jersey to accommodate people but they will be closing early.  Newscasters are telling us that heavy rain is moving towards us and tonight it is going to get much worse.    As for closings, it was just announced that the New York Stock Exchange and schools will be closed on Tuesday.

Evacuation Zones

  • The MTA has shut down all subway, bus, and commuter railroad service.
  • The Staten Island Ferry service is suspended until further notice.
  • East River Ferry service is suspended through 10/29.

 

 

Let’s talk about hurricanes:

What is a Hurricane?

A severe tropical cyclone with winds that have reached a constant speed of 74 miles per hour or more that move in a counterclockwise motion.

What is the Risk of Hurricanes?

  • Coastal flooding due to the storm surge.
  • Widespread wind damage.
  • Widespread inland small stream and river flooding due to heavy rains.

 

How Should you Prepare for a Hurricane?

Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
  •  At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Family Emergency Plan:

  • Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.
  • Teach family members how to use text messaging. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  • Subscribe to alert services. Many communities/states now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about severe weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. In Connecticut, go to www.ct.gov/ctalert to register for alerts.

(source ct.gov, nyc.gov)

 

Stay Safe!!!

 

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October 29, 2012

Preparing For Hurricane #Sandy CT and NYC

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  1. Patricia Bruhn

    September 16th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    HI
    I am a student at MCC in Manchester working on a video about storm preparedness with the CT Dept of Public Health, I love your pictures on the blog and with your permission I would like to use them in the video and your name would be in the credits for the photos. Let me know. thank you. P