There are two basic main parts to every weather forecast: the forecast itself, and the public response to that forecast. It is vital to be prepared for when severe weather strikes. Winter storms, tropical cyclones, and severe storms can all occur in the NYC Metro Area. Locations across the Atlantic are also at risk for major storms, not the least of which are tropical cyclones. The following is a generic Emergency Supply Kit list as suggested by ready.gov. Disasters vary and this is not an exhaustive list.
Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
The National Hurricane Center recommends at least 1 gallon of water per person per day along with a 3 day supplies of non-perishable food for any disaster.
Ready.gov also 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. For specific, real time alerts, please consult the National Weather Service at weather.gov.