"AH! We're All Gonna Die!!" & Other Hurricane Info

OMG! A hurricane is going to hit New York City! AGGHGHH!!!

Okay, I believe the whole thing is a bit overblown in the media. Presently, Hurricane Earl is expected to go past the eastern end of Long Island, assuming it doesn’t change course too drastically. But those of us along Southern Brooklyn’s coast still need to worry, as we’re likely to get hit by swelled storm surges, riptides and high winds, a dangerous combination for those in our coverage area. Remember that Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Gravesend, Brighton Beach and Marine Park are all flood zones.

Though I don’t think we’ll have any of that roof-ripping action and dangerous tidal waves slamming down our doors, I do think some muddy streets and flooded homes are a possibility. Along with that can come power outages and water contamination. So here are a few things you should do to prepare for the storm:

  • Secure your outdoor items. Take a look around your property. Garbage cans and loose items should be brought inside. Larger items should be secured to something and weighed down. You might even want to consider removing propane tanks from grills and bringing them indoors.
  • Move valuables away from windows, and put important documents and medications in waterproof containers.
  • Stock up. Get at least a week’s worth of canned foods and bottled water. A case of water is just a couple of bucks, and it won’t go to waste if no storm strikes.
  • Buy batteries and a handheld am/fm radio and flashlight. For those who want to go the extra mile, get a crank powered radio and flashlight.
  • Go through your cell phone and write down all of your important contact numbers. Also purchase a wired home phone if you don’t have one – cordless phones do not work without power.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank, and check with family to make sure you have a place to go in a worst-case scenario.
  • Prepare a first aid kit.

There’s plenty more tips available from the National Hurricane Center that should be considered. And, of course, make sure to check on your neighbors, especially if they’re seniors or disabled.