Cuomo Tells Homeland Security To Prepare For Hurricane

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Hurricane Sandy, or 'Frankenstorm,' appears to have Westchester County in its path. Photo Credit: Accuweather
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday advised New Yorkers to monitor Hurricane Sandy and prepare for high winds, flooding, tornadoes, coastal surges and widespread power outages. Photo Credit: Sue Guzman

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services on Thursday to monitor the course of Hurricane Sandy and prepare for potential storm impacts.

A press release from the governor's office said that although the storm's path remains uncertain, New Yorkers could face "a variety of threats, including heavy rain, high winds, flooding, tornadoes, coastal surges and widespread power outages."

"I have directed state agencies and New York's emergency operations personnel to begin preparations now for the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy," Cuomo said. "I urge all New Yorkers to closely track the storm's path, using local radio and television or online reports. We will actively monitor the storm's progress and take any steps necessary to protect our state's residents."

Cuomo said New Yorkers also should listen for Emergency Alert System messages that carry local emergency orders, such as evacuation or travel restrictions.

A storm emergency kit should include items such as nonperishable food, water, cash, filled prescriptions, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, a first aid kit, flashlights, and extra batteries, the governor's office said.

For the latest information on Hurricane Sandy, visit the New York State Division of Homeland Security.  New Yorkers also can subscribe to the state's free alert notification system, NY-ALERT.

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