During a Hurricane

  • If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

    Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
  • Moor your boat if time permits.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
  • Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions

If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.

Click here to read more about evacuating yourself and your family . If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
  • Avoid elevators.

Additional Huricane Planning and Preparation Information:

Additional Hurricane Preparedness Resources


Steve Bellone

Joseph F. Williams

John G. Jordan Sr.

Ed Schneyer
Director of the Office of Emergency Management

PO BOX 127
MAIN 631-852-4900
FAX 631-852-4922

Preparedness Resources


Shelter and Storm Surge Zone Mapping ToolThe Shelter and Storm Surge Zone Mapping Tool will help you find the Red Cross Shelters that are closest to your home and also allow you to determine if your home is in an area that is predicted to flood during a hurricane. Click here to learn more.


Emergency Notifications from Suffolk Code Red


In the event of an impending or actual emergency. Suffolk County will use the Suffolk Code Red System to contact member residents in affected communities. Alerts may include evacuation orders or missing child notifications. The CodeRED system will also be used for general notifications that may include road closures, construction or boil water advisories. Click here to learn more.


Emergency Preparedness Registry

The Suffolk County Emergency Preparedness Registry and JEEP Program have been combined into a single database:

This new Registry gathers information from Suffolk County Residents for use during emergencies, evacuations and sheltering operations.
Smart911 is designed to provide:

  •  Valuable lifesaving information to Emergency Responders during their response to a registered address.
  • Identification of specific needs of residents requiring assistance during evacuations. 
  •  Resources required to accommodate individuals during sheltering operations. 


Suffolk County Emergency Notifications Emergency Preparedness Registry