As hurricane season arrives, city urges preparedness

People wait in line to get gasoline after Superstorm Sandy. Credit: Getty Images
People wait in line to get gasoline after Superstorm Sandy. Credit: Getty Images

The city’s top crisis management officials met in Staten Island on Wednesday to encourage New Yorkers to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.

The city’s Office of Emergency Management and FEMA unveiled an ad campaign urging families to plan carefully for disasters at an event in one of the boroughs worst hit by Hurricane Sandy last October. The campaign is part of the 10th annual National Emergency Preparedness Month.

“I think people are taking this much more seriously (after Sandy),” OEM Commissioner Joseph Bruno told DNAinfo.com. “I expect much more adherence than we’d ever had.”

Recommended plans include having a discussion with loved ones about what to do and where to meet in the event of another disaster, particularly if phones aren’t working. New Yorkers are also encouraged to check on their neighbors.


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