Rep. Grimm Urges Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Oct 26, 2012 Issues: Defense and National Security

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Today, Congressman Michael G. Grimm (R,C-Staten Island/Brooklyn) urged constituents to monitor the course of Hurricane Sandy and take preparations as needed. He has provided a list of resources to help residents get ready should action be needed. The storm is expected to hit New York early next week, when it has the potential to escalate into a super-storm.

“My staff and I have been in contact with FEMA and continue to closely monitoring the course and strength of Hurricane Sandy,” said Grimm. “Last year, Hurricane Irene tore through the region, flooding parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn and causing costly damage to homes and businesses, so it’s important that we take the potential storm threat seriously and prepare appropriately. Safety remains my number one priority and I encourage all residents to update their emergency supplies and first aid kits, as well as check in with neighbors who may need assistance, particularly the elderly and disabled.”

Congressman Grimm will provide updates on procedures and storm coverage on his facebook page www.facebook.com/repmichaelgrimm and website www.grimm.house.gov, and has provided the following list of resources and tips. Should the storm’s path continue towards New York City, residents are encouraged to stay tuned into local TV and radio broadcasts for information on the storm and evacuation procedures.

Rep. Grimm remained active during the course of Hurricane Irene and in the aftermath - playing an integral role in working with FEMA and visiting damaged areas in order to secure the disaster declaration for Richmond and Kings Counties needed for residents and businesses to receive storm recovery aid. In the event of another storm, his staff will be available to assist.

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Emergency Hurricane Information and Preparedness Guidance

Emergency Resources:

Register for emergency notifications by calling 311 or visiting www.NYC.gov/notifynyc
NYC Office of Emergency Management: www.NYC.gov/oem
NY State Emergency Management Office: www.semo.state.ny.us
Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.fema.gov & www.floodsmart.com
Department of Homeland Security: www.ready.gov
American Red Cross in Greater New York: www.nyredcross.org

Rep. Michael Grimm’s District Offices:

Staten Island: 718-351-1062
Brooklyn: 718-630-5277

Tracking the Storm:

www.hurricane.gov
www.noaa.gov
www.weather.gov

FEMA’s Tips for Storm Preparation:

Prepare an emergency kit: www.ready.gov/hurricanes : Ready.gov is FEMA’s site for tips on creating your family emergency plan and building an emergency kit.

Create an emergency plan: Know what to do if you have to evacuate. Make sure you know how to contact members of your family and have an emergency contact number for someone out of state that knows where you are in the event of an emergency.

Be informed: Know evacuation routes and listen to local authorities when asked to evacuate. Whether you live in a coastal community or inland, speak with your insurance agent now about flood insurance and review your homeowner’s policy. Every state is at risk for flooding and homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. To learn more about your risk and flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov.