Long Island, New York
Steven Bellone, County Executive
Spring’s arrival on Long Island is always a welcome sight to those who have braved months of harsh winter conditions and its chilling winds, blowing snows and frosty ice. However, it is important to remember that this is also the time of year when flooding can occur quickly and without much warning. Spring rains and winter snow and ice thaws can cause flooding and affect homes, property and, most importantly, Long Islander's safety.
TERMS TO KNOW
Flood or Flash Flood Watch
Indicates that flooding or flash flooding will occur within a few hours of heavy rainfall, a dam or levee failure, or water is being released from an ice jam.
Flood or Flash Flood Warning
Inundation of a normally dry area near a stream or other watercourse, or unusually severe ponding of water has been reported or is imminent.
BEFORE THE FLOOD
TRAVEL WITH CARE
• Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related! When driving your automobile during flood conditions, look out for flooding at highway dips, bridges and low areas.
• Even the largest and heaviest of vehicles will float. Water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
• As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Do not drive through flowing water!
• A hidden danger awaits motorists where a road without a bridge dips across a creek bed.
• Motorists develop false confidence when they normally or frequently pass through a dry low-water crossing.
• Road beds may have been scoured or even washed away during flooding creating unsafe driving conditions.
• Those who repeatedly drive through flooded low-water crossings may not recognize the dangers of a small increase in the water level.
• Driving too fast through low water will cause the vehicle to hydroplane and lose contact with the road surface.
• Visibility is limited at night increasing the vulnerability of the driver to any hidden dangers.
• Heed all flood and flash flood watches and warnings.
• Remain aware of road conditions!
Food and Water
Health & Hygiene
• Prescription medication – at least one week’s supply
• First Aid kit
• Pre-moistened hand wipes – towelettes or baby wipes
• Disinfectant no-rinse hand soap
• A list of family physicians, important medical information and the style & serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers
Household Supplies & Equipment
For additional tips on how to be prepared for all hazards, visit NYS Homeland Security and Emergency Services on the web at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/.
Joseph F. Williams
John G. Jordan Sr.
Director of the Office of Emergency Management
PO BOX 127
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates the county's response to natural or man made disasters. OEM personnel are responsible for the operations of the county's Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and work with local, state, and federal officials in shelter management, planning, resource management, and radiological response coordination.
Phone: (631) 852-4900
Fax: (631) 852-4922
© Suffolk County Government, 2015