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Assemblymember Gabryszak: Stay Safe, Be Informed and Prepared for Weather
Assemblymember Gabryszak: Stay Safe, Be Informed and Prepared for Weather


Assemblymember Gabryszak: Stay safe by being informed and prepared for weather conditions

Now that much of the East Coast is dealing with aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the cold winter season is approaching, it’s important that we review ways to be prepared for any type of severe weather. Taking certain precautions ahead of time will ensure that you and your family are ready for any kind of weather situation that may arise.

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) recommend four steps to help get ready for emergency situations or severe weather that include:

  1. making a plan
  2. preparing a kit
  3. being informed
  4. getting involved

It’s important to discuss with your family a plan of action before an emergency situation occurs. Make a list of emergency contacts and post them in a place where they can be read and accessed. Discuss with your family members who these emergency contacts are and how to get in contact them. [1]

During severe weather, it is always best to remain inside your place of residence, unless told to evacuate. Having an adequate supply of food and water is important.  It’s recommended by the NYS Health Department to have at lease a three or more day supply of food preferably non-perishable and canned food as well as one gallon of bottled water per day, per person. [2]

Keeping items on hand in case of a power outage is also important. Having a battery powered radio or television, flashlights, (one for each room of the house) extra batteries, shovels, rock salt, generators, extension cords, power strips, portable electric heaters, lanterns and self-powered light sources can be lifesaving during emergency situations. [3] A first aid kit should be kept in a place that is accessible and you should check the contents periodically.

You should listen to advance warnings to stay informed on weather. This will help you prepare for the situation. The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Buffalo provides information on the most current weather conditions in Western New York including warnings for severe and hazardous weather.  For climate and forecast readings you can call the National Weather Service at (716) 565-0802 or visit http://www.erh.noaa.gov/buf/.

NY-ALERT is the State’s emergency alert and notification system and a good way to stay up-to-date with information. NY-ALERT will send notification to your cell phone, email address or other media outlets to keep you informed and prepared with State and local emergency information. To sign up for this free service, please visit www.nyalert.gov.  National Grid also provides storm alerts via text message. To receive these alerts, text STORM to NGRID (64743).

There are plenty of ways to get involved or help those who are in need after a storm hits. The American Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters in the United States Erie County. [4] To contact the American Red Cross serving Erie and Niagara Counties  by calling 716-886-7500. The Citizen’s Emergency Response Team or (CERT) trains people on basic disaster preparedness and how to help with the aftermath of a situation. To learn more about CERT in Cheektowaga, please call 716-583-4303.

As always, I hope there is never a major weather disaster. However, if a disaster does strike, it’s better to take necessary precautions to stay safe. For more information on weather preparedness please visit the DHSES website called “Aware Prepare” at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/aware-prepare/ or call my office at 716-686-0080.

[1] http://www.dhses.ny.gov/aware-prepare/.


[2] http://www.dhses.ny.gov/aware-prepare/step1.cfm


[3] http://www.dhses.ny.gov/aware-prepare/step2.cfm


4 http://www.redcross.org/what-we-do




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