Are You Prepared For The 2012 Hurricane Season?


    Last year, almost around this time of the year, we New Yorkers had a rude awakening about how truly we are prepared to deal with a natural weather disaster such as a hurricane.  As Hurricane Irene tore a path of destruction along the East Coast, we all scrambled to purchase emergency supplies and to learn as much as we possibly could about what we should do in the event of a total loss.

    Luckily, the impact it had on New York City was minimal, however, it definitely taught all of us a lesson in the importance of knowing what to do in case of a weather emergency.  As the 2012 hurricane season begins, we want to provide all of you with the resources that you will need to help you prepare your families before a major storm hits.  This is of particular concern to New Yorkers who are not used to regularly dealing with weather emergencies.

    One way you can prepare is by checking out the New York Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM)’s guide, READY NEW YORK: HURRICANES AND NEW YORK CITY.  Tropical storms and hurricanes can and sometimes do impact the city.  This guide includes general tips on how to prepare for any type of emergency.  It provides step by step instructions on how to develop a hurricane disaster plan and secure your home, along with a map of New York City hurricane evacuation zones.


    For more information on how you can become better prepared to deal with emergencies of any kind, including weather emergencies, visit the New York City Office of Emergency Management on Facebook.  They provide current information on planning and responding to emergencies in New York City.  You can also visit their website for updates on how to get emergency assistance and information in the Big Apple.


The Ad Council and OEM would like to give one of our readers an emergency prize pack containing Go Bag, pocket radio, flashlight, first aid kit, batteries, worker’s gloves, light sticks, emergency blankets, and more!a Rafflecopter giveaway

Product Review/Giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above from the Ad Council and the NYC Office of Emergency Management to test/review in exchange for my opinion and for the purpose of writing this post. I only recommend products or services I use personally and I believe will be “family friendly.” I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Kathlean Owens says

    I learned the LED lights last longer than regular flashlight bulbs and also what is necessary for an emergency kit. Pills for sanitizing water.

  2. LIDARKSIDE says

    New York City can get as much as 10 degrees hotter than surrounding areas during the summer.

  3. Laura Jacobson says

    I learned that a category 5 hurricane is winds at 157 or higher.  wow

  4. Kyl Neusch says

    LED lights last longer than regular flashlight bulbs

  5. Miz Vickik says

    I learned that New York has several hurricane evacuation zones already in place

  6. Paula Tavernie says

    LED Lights last longer!!!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  7. Tom Shewbridge says

    Need to keep a go bag ready, first aid kit, water and non perishable food. 

    [email protected]

  8. I learned the different speeds and categories of hurricanes. Weather reports make much more sense now!

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