NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The City of New Rochelle sent out a notice Friday afternoon urging residents to prepare for potential flooding and high winds from Hurricane Sandy’s expected arrival early next week.
“While the direct path and intensity of the storm is yet to be determined, heavy rains, and high tides may result in significant flooding and high winds could knock out electricity,” the city said.
The city will issue updates through the media and its website, which will have the latest alerts, the city said. Information also will be available on the city’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Bulletins will be broadcast on New Rochelle TV cable channel 75 and FIOS Channel 28.
Citywide emergency calls will be made beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and will continue as needed. Residents can subscribe to receive these emergency alerts directly through the city’s website.
The city said residents should have a stockpile of household supplies in case the power is out for several days. Residents also should have a plan about where to go and be ready to evacuate their homes. The city suggests that residents make plans for their pets, as well.
The city offers the following suggestions to prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane:
- Frequently monitor TV, radio and the Web for bulletins on the progress of the storm.
- Fuel and service family vehicles. Gas stations may be unable to pump fuel because of flooding or loss of power.
- Moor small craft or move them to safe shelter.
- Check on supplies, including flashlights and batteries; stockpile a three-day supply of water and nonperishable foods, first aid supplies and medications, and an extra supply of cash.
- Consider the special needs of young children, the disabled and the elderly.
- Secure or bring inside lawn furniture and other loose, lightweight objects, such as garbage cans and garden tools.
- Homeowners with active building permits should make sure all materials are secured or stored indoors. People with roofing projects should secure all loose materials, and scaffolding should be lowered or removed. Soil erosion control measures should also be maintained.
- Print out a list of important phone numbers, and ensure the safety of important documents.