We are closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy and continue to prepare to support potentially affected state and tribal governments. Forecasts from the National Hurricane Center show a large area may be impacted by high winds, heavy rains, storm surge, and snow. These hazardous conditions may be compounded by the likelihood of widespread power outages.
If you or someone you know may be impacted by Hurricane Sandy, here are a few things to do today and tomorrow to get ready:
- Get some extra cash out at the ATM today. If the power goes out, banks/ATMs may be offline for some time.
- Make a plan for how you’ll keep your cell phone charged if you lose power for several days. Picking up a solar or hand-crank charger for your phone is a good idea.
- Take steps to protect your home/business from high winds – cover windows, clean gutters, trim trees.
- Get to the store today for emergency supplies such as water, nonperishable food, batteries, flashlight, etc.
- Make sure you have what you need in case the power goes out and cold weather moves in. Double check that you have a safe, warm place you can go, blankets in your home/car, and winter items like snow shovels and rock salt.
- Employers: make sure your employees are prepared and review your continuity and tele-work plans.
- More information for your emergency kit
The President has directed Administrator Fugate to ensure that all available federal resources are being brought to bear to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas along the East Coast as they prepare for the severe weather. To increase coordination between Federal partners, the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) has been activated, a multi-agency center based at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The NRCC provides overall coordination of the federal response by bringing together federal departments and agencies to assist in the preparations for and response to disasters.
While we continue busy preparing to support Hurricane Sandy response, so are a collection of voluntary organizations like the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army USA, the Humane Society of the United States, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and other National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. Check out President Obama's video on how you can support the great work of these organizations.
CAPTION: President Barack Obama receives an update on the ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy during a conference call with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Dr. Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center, and John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, in the Oval Office, Oct. 26, 2012. Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and Richard Reed, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, are seated at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Continue to visit our blog for the latest updates on FEMA’s role in preparing to respond to Hurricane Sandy.