Hurricane Sandy is predicted to bring drenching rain, major storm surges (4 to 11 feet above ground level from Maryland to Rhode Island) and winds that could hit 80 mph along the east and northeast parts of the U.S.
Remember … 9 out of 10 hurricane deaths are due to storm surge so please pay attention to evacuation orders.
Weather.com is reporting the hurricane force winds may continue across multiple states for about 36 hours and the intensity of this massive storm is causing great concern. Plus you compound Sandy with two winter storms heading east and merging in with this tropical activity … thus you have the “Perfect Storm” (or “Frankenstorm” as NOAA forecaster Jim Cisco first labeled it).
Some suggested tips from Weather.com…
- Needs to complete preparations by sunset Sunday
- Needs to be prepared for extended period without power (we’ve heard up to 10 days or more)
- Follow orders from local officials and know if you need to evacuate due to coastal flood threat
- Prepare your home/property for frequent hurricane gusts and flooding
- Prepare your home/property for occasional hurricane gusts
- Know if you are in an area prone to flooding from rainfall
- Beware of the potential of lakeshore flooding on the southern end of the Great Lakes as far west as Chicago
Also download a 60-pg free ebook in PDF at with Emergency Plan Checklists (including tips for pets and livestock), suggestions about assembling Home, Car or Office kits and more. And please share this data with others.
Also visit your City or County web site to find a link to your Emergency Management, Emergency Services or Homeland Security office to stay current on latest updates. Some local and state offices offer text alerts or have Twitter accounts so you and your loved ones can stay current on warnings.
If you can’t find your local EM site, the following state offices along the east coast all had safety information about Hurricane Sandy as of Sunday 9am PDT 28-Oct-2012. Obviously other states not listed here have helpful data too and a complete list of State and Territorial Emergency Management agencies can be found on fema.gov.
Delaware Emergency Management Agency
(302) 659-3362 or Tollfree 1-877-SAY-DEMA
Hurricane Sandy Hotline – (800) 464-4357
District of Columbia Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency (DC HSEMA)
http://hsema.dc.gov FB http://www.facebook.com/HSEMADC
Connecticut Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
(860) 256-0800 or Tollfree 1-800-397-8876
http://www.ct.gov/demhs FB https://www.facebook.com/CTEMHS
Hurricane Sandy News & Information http://www.ct.gov/sandy
Maine Emergency Management Agency
www.state.me.us/mema and www.maineprepares.com
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
(410) 517-3600 or Tollfree 1-877-MEMA-USA
www.mema.state.md.us FB http://facebook.com/mdmema
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
http://www.mass.gov/mema FB https://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management
www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/hsem/ ReadyNH www.nh.gov/readynh/
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
http://www.ready.nj.gov FB https://www.facebook.com/READYNEWJERSEY
New York State Emergency Management Office
New York City OEM http://www.nyc.gov/oem FB https://www.facebook.com/NYCemergencymanagement
North Carolina Emergency Management
www.ncem.org Ready NC http://www.readync.org FB https://www.facebook.com/NCEmergencyManagement
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
www.pema.state.pa.us and http://www.readypa.org/ FB https://www.facebook.com/pages/ReadyPAorg/120150131052
Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
Vermont Emergency Management
http://vem.vermont.gov/ FB https://www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement
Virginia Dept of Emergency Management
http://www.readyvirginia.gov/ FB https://www.facebook.com/VAemergency
National Hurricane Center www.hurricanes.gov
Ready.gov Hurricanes pg www.ready.gov/hurricanes
Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Hurricane pg http://disastersafety.org/hurricane/
American Red Cross www.redcross.org