This City of Newburgh has released the following statement warning citizens to take the necessary precautions for Hurricane Irene.
“The actual strength of the hurricane will depend on its course up the east coast of the United States. While Long Island and New York City are considered most at risk, Newburgh and other inland cities can also be affected by heavy rainfall and strong winds, which can cause flooding and power outages. City residents should take stock of their emergency supplies, such as water, non-perishable food, radios, batteries, supplies for any pets, and first aid kits. Please check in with neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled, who might need assistance to ensure that their needs are met if emergency instructions are issued.
Residents should gather the following items in preparation for the impending storm: Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days:
- non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
- foods for infants or the elderly
- snack foods
- non-electric can opener
- cooking tools / fuel
- paper plates / plastic utensils
- Blankets / Pillows, etc.
- Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
- First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
- Special Items – for babies and the elderly
- Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
- Flashlight / Batteries
- Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
- Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
- Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
- Toys, Books and Games
- Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag- insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
- Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Pet care items: proper identification / immunization records / medications ample supply of food and water a carrier or cage muzzle and leash
Please listen to local radio stations, visit the City website at www.cityofnewburgh-ny.gov or call the City Hall hotline at (845) 569-7398 for storm-related updates.”