On the first day of National Preparedness Month, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano took the opportunity to remind Long Islanders that being ready for disaster is the best way to stay safe.
The County Executive joined Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, and
officials from United Way, 2-1-1 Long Island, IBEW Local 1049, American Red Cross, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, Island Harvest and PSEG yesterday to help residents prepare before, during, and after a disaster, with a new online resource called BeReadyLI.org,.
BeReadyLI.org is a fully interactive, comprehensive and easy-to-use website, compiling critical information applicable to children, the elderly, those with special needs and even pets in an effort to simplify the process of being prepped before disaster strikes. It contains a database of programs and support services, critical phone numbers and websites of recovery resources – to proactively help families and communities take action to improve their emergency preparedness and resiliency to potential disasters. It is crucial that Long Islanders understand the risks and the steps required to stay safe, County Executive Mangano said.
“Disasters can strike anywhere, any time,” Mangano said. “From Hurricanes and Super Storms, to Blizzards and Winter Storms, Long Island is no stranger to weather emergencies. But we continue to encourage our residents to Be Prepared, Not Scared.”
In addition to this new resource, the County Executive reminded residents to have an updated and accurate Family Emergency Plan – a key component to emergency preparedness. It’s an especially critical component, he says, for those residing in Nassau County, south of Sunrise Highway or north of Route 25A, is also a Family & Friends Sheltering Plan.
“Residents in these low lying areas should contact a friend or family member that lives outside the zone and make arrangements to ensure the most comfortable way to weather a severe storm,” Mangano said.
And he added that residents should also assemble an Emergency Go-Kit for their Family and Pets, keep it by their front door in a duffel bag and include enough supplies for everyone in the household for 5 days.
In closing, County Executive Mangano encouraged residents to create a free safety profile for their household at http://www.Smart911.com that can include family members, medical conditions, allergies, pets and emergency contacts.
This information enhances 911 call-taking, streamlines response times, provides emergency alerts to residents and assists in the planning and response in the event of a disaster.
And, he urged download the NassauNow app “to stay up-to-date during emergency situations, residents can.
“Help us, help you, by preparing for what we hope will never come,” he said, “Explore BeReadyLI.org, register your household at Smart911.com and download the free NassauNow mobile application on your smartphone and tablet.”