Joaquin has strengthened into a hurricane and it is still too early to definitively predict whether it will make landfall in our area, or turn out to sea.
Longs Island electric grid is especially vulnerable to outages causes by falling branches and high winds. We have been in contact with PSEG about preparations to confirm that they will have personnel on hand to deal with any weather-related outages. PSEG advised us that contractors, including tree crews, will be available to assist the utility’s own skilled workforce if necessary.
We offer the following suggestions to help residents deal with the storm.
If you live in a flood zone and are concerned about flood damage to your cars or other vehicles, you may park them in one of our municipal lots. The highest ground elevations in Cedarhurst are in our business district. Place a note on your dashboard that says “PARKED DUE TO FLOODING CONDITIONS” along with your name and address.
PREPARATION BEFORE A STORM
Check to make sure that you have a battery-powered radio and fresh batteries.
Check your supply of flashlights, blankets, nonperishable food and bottled water.
Create an emergency communications plan to reach family members.
Charge your cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Make sure to have cash available. Banks may be closed or inaccessible after a storm.
Fill up your car’s fuel tank.
Bring in unsecured objects and furniture from patios and balconies. If you have a Sukkah, make sure that the tables and chairs usually left inside are removed. You don’t want them flying around in high winds. Schach should be tied down to prevent it from flying off. Flying objects can cause serious property damage, personal injury and death.
Compile a list of emergency phone numbers, including PSEG Long Island’s Electric Service line 1-800-490-0075.
DURING A STORM
Listen to news or radio for emergency updates.
If you can hear thunder, go indoors and stay inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap.
Avoid using line powered electrical equipment. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
Keep away from windows.
Do not take a bath or shower, and avoid flushing toilets if you can. Defer dishwashing until the storm has passed.
If driving, safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends.
More information is available on Nassau County’s website. Follow this link.
CRITICAL LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
If you use critical medical or life support equipment, contact PSEG at 800-490-0025 or through the PSEG website at: https://www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/Home/CustomerService/Special