If you have a disability, prepare for hurricanes or coastal storms immediately. Use the "Ready New York: My Emergency Plan + Hurricanes and New York City" workbook.
The guide includes information on:
- How to prepare a disaster plan
- How to find hurricane evacuation locations
- What to do with pets during an emergency
- How to assemble a Go Bag
- How to create an Emergency Supply Kit
If possible, make arrangements with friends, family, or neighbors before weather conditions become severe. If an evacuation order is in effect for your area, stay with family or friends if possible and use shelters as a last resort. Check and see if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have people in their home at higher risk for serious illness. If they have symptoms or people at higher risk in their home, make other arrangements. If needed, you will be directed to an evacuation center or shelter.
Most shelters do not have special equipment, such as oxygen and mobility aids. Some of them will be able to address special needs.
Shelters will take pets and service animals, but you must bring supplies and food for them. Carriers are strongly recommended to contain pets in a crowded environment. If you must go to an evacuation center or shelter, remember to follow the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and family from COVID-19.
Download the Ready New York: My Emergency Plan + Hurricanes and New York City workbook.
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