Since I have lived in Florida for my entire life, I have been through my fair share of natural disasters in the form of hurricanes. Only months after we built our house back in 2004, we were hit with three major hurricanes in a row, and we were not prepared when the first one whipped through here and caused some serious destruction. When most of the city lost power for many days following Hurricane Charley, we had a hard time finding a decent meal. We learned our lesson, and we were definitely more prepared when the next two came through.
Our lack of food for a few days does not even compare to what the residents of Louisiana lost during Hurricane Katrina, or what New York City residents went through after the devastating events of 9/11. With Hurricane Isaac currently pounding the Gulf Coast, the anniversaries of Hurricanes Irene and Katrina on the minds of many, and September 11th just right around the corner, we are reminded that emergencies can happen anytime.
September is National Preparedness Month and a time to get ready for emergencies. Everyone should check their disaster kits and make sure you have enough food, water and supplies for at least 72 hours. You should also go over your emergency plan with your family so everyone knows what to do and where to go if you are not together in the event of an emergency.
OEM (Office of Emergency Management) is urging New York residents to sign up for Notify NYC, the city's official emergency notification system. Subscribers receive text messages, e-mails, phone calls or Tweets about significant citywide events, as well as smaller events happening in their own neighborhoods. These notifications cover topics such as severe weather, school closures, subway disruptions, and traffic advisories in all areas of the city. The most recent alerts are regarding road closures, and West Nile Virus spraying.
This is such a great notification system, and every city should have one! Anyone can sign up and customize the alerts they would like to receive by visiting nyc.gov/notifynyc or following @NotifyNYC.
To learn more about Notify NYC and OEM, check them out on Facebook and follow on Twitter, or visit nyc.gov/oem.
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