Preparing for Hurricane Sandy
October 29, 2012 -- Millions of Americans on the East Coast will be in the path
of Hurricane Sandy this week. As an IAFF first responder, you take care of
others during emergencies, but the IAFF wants to make sure that you also prepare
YOURSELF and your family for what’s to come.
The IAFF has set up a
Hurricane Resource web page where you can track Hurricane Sandy. Links
available with contact information for your state agencies, as well as federal
resources, environmental/medical resources and news sources.
If you are on Twitter, follow
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
@DHSgov for the latest updates.
However, the most important
thing you can do for yourself this week is to stay on top of what your local
government is planning for your community in case you need to evacuate. In case
you do need to leave your home, make sure that all members in your
family know the details of your emergency plans.
Make sure that all your
electronic devices such as your cell phone, laptop, flashlights, etc. are
charged. And make sure you are well stocked with batteries. Wired magazine has
useful tips for all you tech and gadget people about getting electronically
prepared for major disasters.
For all pet owners please make sure you make plans for them too. Some media
have reported that many evacuation shelters won’t accept pets, so you should
check with your local animal shelter for suggestions.
Local affiliates are asked to
keep your District Vice Presidents informed of any needs in your respective
areas. The IAFF will provide assistance to members that have catastrophic loss
of their homes through our IAFF
Disaster Relief Program.
Be safe this week!