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Red Cross Urges Long Islanders To Prepare For Hurricane Season

Courtesy of the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross wants Long Islanders to be ready for the hurricane season. They say residents need evacuation plans, emergency preparedness kits and drill practice.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects four to eight hurricanes this season.

Long Island officials have prepared for future storms by creating a command center for emergency response and running practice drills.

Neela Lockel, CEO of Long Island’s American Red Cross, says residents need to be ready, too.

“Long Islanders know, all too well, the threats posed by these storms, and although we have not seen a major storm on Long Island since Superstorm Sandy, we cannot let our guards down. All it takes is one storm to seriously disrupt our communities.”

The Red Cross recommends households have kits with food, water and other supplies to last each family member at least three days.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.