- Identify your evacuation
- Keep a supply of
non-perishable food, drinking water containers, candles, waterproof
matches, lanterns and fuel, first aid kit, fire extinguisher,
battery-powered radio, flashlights and batteries.
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If you need
electric service to operate a life support device, you can
file a medical certificate with Orange and Rockland from
your Doctor or local Board of Health to enroll in a
Rockland will work closely with you to help you prepare
for maintenance outages and unplanned outages. They
provide a 24 hour Hotline number to call in an
emergency. Eligibility in this program is based on
your level of dependence and frequency of use of specific
electrically operated medical equipment, not the nature of
your illness. Call Orange and Rockland Customer
service for more information regarding this program.
Township's local contact number for Orange and Rockland is
Flashlights and extra batteries where they can be
easily reached by everyone in your family. Flashlights will be needed if utility
services are interrupted. Buy extra batteries.
Keep your car fueled
should evacuation be necessary. Service stations may be inoperable after a
Store drinking water
in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles and cooking utensils as the town’s
water supply or your well may be contaminated or damaged.
manual can opener handy, along with paper plates,
cups and plastic utensils.
Obtain extra prescription medications and medical supplies.
If you have an infant or family member with special
needs have a backup plan that ensures their needs
are met during an outage.
Board up windows or
protect them with storm shutters for hurricanes and tornadoes. Windows are broken mainly from wind-driven debris. Wind pressure may break large
windows, garage doors and double entry doors. Secure outdoor objects
that might become debris. Garbage cans, garden tools, toys, signs, porch
furniture, and a number of other harmless items that can become deadly
missiles in hurricane or storm winds.
If your area is
advised of a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately in an interior
bathroom or small hall, preferably below ground level.
battery-powered equipment. Your battery-operated radio could be your
only source of information.
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- Keep tuned to your
(WFME 94.7 FM, WSUS
102.3 FM or WGHT 1500 AM) or television
Vision Channel 85-98-99) for advice and
instructions about emergency medical, food, housing and other forms of
- Stay out of disaster
could be dangerous and where your presence will interfere with essential
rescue and recovery work. Do not use the telephone except for
rescue, serious injuries or emergencies.
- Do not drive
unless you must. Roads should be left clear for emergency vehicles. Flooded,
unplowed or debris
filled streets are dangerous.
If you purchase a
generator, have it installed and wired by a
licensed electrician. Make sure it
meets fire underwriters' regulations.
For your well-being have your electrician
brief you on all the safety aspects of the
If you use a portable
generator system during a power outage, make
sure it has a transfer switch to prevent
back feed into the lines. The switch
protects repair crews from getting injured
by your power supply. It also prevents
damage to your generator when power is
Never use a gas oven or
range to heat a room. Over an extended
period of time the used of an oven or range
in a closed house consumes the oxygen and
creates deadly monoxide gas.
Consider sharing resources
in an emergency. Talk to neighbors who
may need help.