Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 6-12, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reminding people of ways to be safe, starting with knowing the risks.
Among the hazards Long Islanders face is storm surge, a big factor in the damage left by Sandy in 2012. Storm surge is the excessive rise of water generated by winds. This threat is historically the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States. Surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast.
Superstorm Sandy was unusual in how it formed. But that doesn’t mean a storm equal to or worse couldn’t strike again.
The National Weather Service has broken down its tips over the seven days, of Hurricane Preparedness Week, starting with Sunday:
- Determine Your Risk
- Develop an Evacuation Plan
- Assemble Disaster Supplies
- Get an Insurance Checkup
- Strengthen Your Home
- Help Your Neighbor
- Complete a Written Plan
You can also participate in a hurricane webinar on Wednesday.