How to prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy was churning off the coast of Georgia early Saturday evening.
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As Hurricane Sandy approaches, city officials are urging residents to stay safely indoors rather than tempting fate in high winds and rains.

To find out which zone you are in, visit nyc.gov or click here
 
Here are some additional tips they offer for storm preparedness:

Before the storm

Keep bottled water, flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, medications, essential documents, a little cash and non-perishable food on hand
Bring inside trash cans, lawn furniture and toys, along with other loose and lightweight objects
Take everything off roofs and terraces
Clean out storm drains and rain gutters
Secure windows and locks
Fill up a few big pots with water in case of power outages
Anchor gas grills and turn off propane tanks
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Visit NYC.gov or call 311 to learn if your home is in an evacuation zone
Assist those friends, family members and neighbors with disabilities or special needs

During the storm

Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary
Use stairs instead of elevators
Close drapes and stay away from windows
Don’t walk on the beach or go surfing
Report power outages to Con Ed
Report flooding or downed trees by calling 311


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