Donovan Urges Preparedness in Advance of Weekend Storms
Staten Island, NY—September 30, 2015....Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today reminded Staten Islanders and Brooklynites to make all necessary preparations in advance of potentially damaging storms this weekend. The National Hurricane Center’s models show Hurricane Joaquin’s possible path includes New York City. Donovan spoke to the New York City Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Esposito and FEMA officials to request regular updates on Joaquin’s trajectory and to make sure agencies are making requisite preparations for a worst-case scenario.
Donovan said, “We’ve been through this before, and the most important actions people can take are to prepare well in advance and to listen to FEMA and the New York City Office of Emergency Management. The models show potential tracks for Joaquin ranging from South Carolina to Maine, and FEMA has staff and supplies pre-positioned. The earliest the storm could hit us is late this weekend – between now and then, put together a family communication plan, monitor the forecasts closely, and create an emergency supply kit.”
The New York City Office of Emergency Management plans to deploy floodlights and generators well in advance of the storm making landfall. FEMA will deploy supplies like food and meals ready-to-eat between South Carolina and Maine. Ready.gov provides a list of basic preparedness steps and recommendations for supply kit contents. Donovan compiled a model “go-kit” as part of today’s National PrepareAthon Day.
Donovan continued, “There is nothing to lose by ensuring your family is ready in the event of flooding and power outages. Superstorm Sandy proved it is best to prepare in advance.”