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SUFFOLK COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK / STEVE BELLONE, COUNTY EXECUTIVE

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

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The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates the county's response to natural or man made disasters. OEM personnel are rsponsible 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.

Contact Information

John G. Jordan Sr.

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Joseph Trzepizur

DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

102 East Ave.

Yaphank NY 11980

Phone: (631) 852-4900
Fax: (631) 852-4922
SCDFRES@suffolkcountyny.gov