There are two basic main parts to every weather forecast; the forecast itself, and the public response to that forecast. It is vital for everyone to not only know their weather forecast, but also how to prepare for it. Winter Storms, Tropical Cyclones, and Severe Weather can all occur in the NYC Area, so it is important to be prepared for all three. Locations across the Atlantic are also at risk for major storms, but the most common major storm throughout the basin are Tropical Cyclones. The following is a generic Emergency Supply Kit list as suggested by ready.gov. Disasters do vary, so please do not hesitate to find out the specifics for whatever storms you are at risk for.
Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
The NHC recommends at least 1 gallon of water per person per day along with a 3 day supplies of non-perishable food for any disaster. Along with this, Ready.gov recommends the following:
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
It is important to note that to help ensure safety during a storm, it is vital to heed all official advice and warnings to the best of your ability.