Hurricane Safety

Overview

As no one can predict where or when a storm will hit, Hempstead Town's Department of Public Safety has compiled this brochure to prepare residents for weather emergencies.

We have been working hard to restore our South Shore communities from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, we have replenished our beaches and reconstructed our dune systems using sand dredged from Jones Inlet. We have planted beach grass to stabilize and preserve the fragile dunes, which protect coastal homes and businesses. An Army Corps of Engineers coastal protection project is underway that will further protect our beachfront. The project includes the construction of four new stone jetties and the reconstruction of three existing groins along Hempstead Town beaches.

While coastal neighborhoods remain particularly vulnerable during such storms, strong winds and torrential rain can impact areas further inland. This guide provides a pre-storm checklist and details essential items to have on hand for your home survival kit. Should an evacuation order be given, the guide outlines steps to take and provides information about coastal evacuations. Your safe and orderly evacuation during a hurricane or other emergency situation to a secure, well-provided shelter and your safe return home are our top priorities,

Please review the information outlined below, in the event our township is threatened by a coastal storm or weather emergency.

  1. It's Time to Get Ready
  2. Home Survival Kit
  3. Evacuate
  4. Evacuation Supplies
  5. Important Numbers & Websites

Before the storm:

  • Develop a family preparedness plan before an actual storm threatens our area. Select several places, such as a friend's home in another town or a motel or shelter. Keep a list of their phone numbers and a road map handy.
  • Check with your veterinarian or pet advocacy group for information on where to shelter your pets in the event that you need to evacuate your home during a storm.
  • Remove damaged and diseased tree branches as soon as you notice them. Strategically remove branches to make trees more wind-resistant.
  • If a hurricane or tropical storm is approaching, listen for weather updates on local radio or television stations and the town's website.
  • Organize your emergency supplies.
  • Clear your yard of loose objects such as bicycles, lawn furniture, hanging plants, and trash cans. Anchor all other objects (no matter how heavy or large) that cannot be moved.
  • Board your windows and doors. Taping windows will not prevent them from breaking but may reduce the risk of flying glass. Open all indoor traps or doors to your attic and close and lock all of your windows.
  • Do not drain your pool completely. Lower water levels one foot to accommodate heavy rains. Add extra chlorine to prevent contamination. Cover your pool pump system and securely anchor it in place.
  • If you store a boat in your yard, lash it to your trailer securely. Let the air out of the trailer tires and secure the trailer to something sturdy in the ground. If you store your boat in a marina, check your contract; some require that you move it when a hurricane watch is issued. You are responsible for your boat.
  • Be sure your automobile is ready should you have to evacuate. Fill your vehicle's gas tank. Check your vehicle's oil and water.