During both steady state and times of heightened awareness, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security engages closely with our private sector and community partners to provide expert counsel and recommendations about protective measures they can implement to protect facilities and venues. DHS provides free tools and resources to communities because the Department recognizes that communities are the first line of defense in keeping the public safe and secure.
The hurricane / coastal storm season in New York State begins June 1 and runs through November 30. New Yorkers everywhere, including right here in the Town of Bethlehem, need to begin taking steps to prepare themselves and their families for this storm season. History shows that the entire state, from Montauk to Buffalo, is vulnerable to the effect of hurricanes in Atlantic coastal areas and from extensive flooding if a storm moves inland.
Here are some steps you should take now:
Know the hurricane risks in your area. Learn the storm surge history and elevation of your area.
Find out what emergency plans are in place in your community and how you will be notified in the event of an emergency.
If living in a coastal area, learn the safe routes inland.
Learn about local sheltering plans.
Make sure that you have enough non-perishable food and water supplies on hand.
Have at least a week’s supply of medications on hand.
Obtain and store materials, such as plywood, necessary to properly secure your home.
Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
Review your insurance policy.
Make plans now on what to do with your pets should you be required to evacuate your home. Public health regulations do not allow pets in public shelters, and most hotels / motels do not permit them either.
For more information on preparedness, contact the Town of Bethlehem Office of Emergency Management at 518-439-4955.