If you haven’t evacuated, it’s mandatory on Staten Island: Info on getting prepared

Mandatory Evacuations in Zone A on Staten Island are in place; you must be prepared.  First, you should bring your outside furniture and such into your house.  Brace your outside doors and put your valuables in waterproof containers or in a plastic bag.  You should also check on your neighbors, friends, and family, to make sure that they have a plan set and to offer shelter if needed.


If you are ordered to go to an evacuation center, you must pack lightly.  According to nyc.gov, you should only bring “your Go Bag, your sleeping bag or bedding”, and “required medical supplies or equipment”.  The following has been taken from the nyc.gov Hurricane Brochure:

A Go Bag should include:

• Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.)
• Extra set of car and house keys
• Copies of credit/ATM cards and $50-100 cash in small denominations
• Bottled water and nonperishable food such as energy or granola bars
• Flashlight
• Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries
• Up-to-date medication information and other essential personal items.  Keep a list of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages.  Also include all doctors’ names and phone numbers.
• First aid kit
• Contact and meeting place information for your household and a small regional map
• Child care supplies or other special care items

An Emergency Supply Kit should include:
• One gallon of drinking water per person per day
• Nonperishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener
• First-aid kit
• Flashlight
• Battery-operated AM/FM and extra batteries
• Whistle
• Iodine tablets or one quart of unscented bleach (for disinfecting water ONLY if directed to do so by health officials) and eyedropper (for adding bleach to water)
• Personal hygiene items: soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
• Phone that does not rely on electricity
• Child care supplies or other special care items

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