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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
703 PM EDT FRI JUL 31 2020

...TROPICAL CYLCONE ISAIAS PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION...

WITH ISAIAS EXPECTED TO APPROACH MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY, THIS 
IS A GOOD TIME TO REMIND OURSELVES OF THINGS WE SHOULD CONSIDER 
REGARDING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TROPICAL STORM
OR HURRICANE WATCH, AND A WARNING.

A WATCH MEANS THAT A TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE HAS BECOME A
THREAT TO COASTAL AREAS, AND IS USUALLY ISSUED 48 HOURS BEFORE 
EXPECTED START OF TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS. EVERYONE COVERED BY 
A WATCH SHOULD LISTEN FOR CURRENT ADVISORIES, AND ACT PROMPTLY IF 
A WARNING IS ISSUED. 

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT WINDS OF 39 TO 73 MPH, AS
WELL AS HIGH AND ROUGH SEAS, ARE EXPECTED IN A SPECIFIC COASTAL
AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.

A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE FORCE WINDS OF 74 MPH OR
GREATER, AS WELL AS HIGH AND ROUGH SEAS, ARE EXPECTED IN A
SPECIFIC COASTAL AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.

PRECAUTIONARY ACTIONS SHOULD BEGIN IMMEDIATELY WHENEVER A WARNING
IS ISSUED. 

BEFORE THE STORM: 

STAY INFORMED BY MONITORING THE LATEST HURRICANE AND TROPICAL
STORM ADVISORIES. LISTEN TO RADIO AND TELEVISION REPORTS, AS WELL
AS NOAA WEATHER RADION TO GET THE LATEST ADVISORY UPDATES.

LISTEN CAREFULLY TO LOCAL OFFICIALS AND EVACUATE THE AREA IF TOLD
TO DO SO. LEAVE LOW LYING OR COASTAL AREAS, AS WELL AS OFFSHORE
ISLANDS. THESE ARE THE LOCATIONS MOST PRONE TO STORM SURGE. THE
STORM SURGE IS THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF A HURRICANE OR TROPICAL
STORM. THE SURGE IS A DOME OF WATER THAT COMES ACROSS THE COAST
AS THE STORM MAKES LANDFALL. SUPERIMPOSED ON THIS HIGH STORM TIDE
ARE LARGE WIND DRIVEN WAVES. NINE OUT OF TEN DEATHS RESULTING 
FROM HURRICANES HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN THE RESULT OF STORM SURGE. 
IF YOU LIVE CLOSE TO THE COAST IN A MOBILE HOME YOU SHOULD 
EVACUATE TO A MORE SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT IN A 
STORM SURGE PRONE AREA. 

IF EVACUATION IS NOT REQUIRED OR RECOMMENDED, STAY AT HOME IF
YOUR HOUSE IS STURDY AND ON HIGH GROUND. IF YOUR PLANS CALL FOR
EVACUATION, BE PREPARED TO GO TO SHELTERS, TO A NEARBY HOMES OF
FRIENDS OR RELATIVES, OR TO CITIES WELL INLAND AWAY FROM THE
STORM. IF UTILIZING OFFICIAL SHELTERS, LEARN THEIR LOCATIONS
BEFOREHAND AND THE MOST DIRECT SAFE ROUTES TO GET TO THE SHELTER.
OF COURSE, BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE LATEST HEALTH GUIDELINES FROM 
THE CDC AND YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS. LISTEN TO LOCAL
OFFICIALS ABOUT HOW YOU MAY NEED TO ADJUST EVACUATION PLANS BASED
ON THE LATEST CDC AND LOCAL HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES. VISIT
WWW.CDC.GOV/DISASTERS/HURRICANES/COVID-19/PREPARE-FOR-
HURRICANE.HTML FOR MORE INFORMATION.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIES: 

OBTAIN A PORTABLE, BATTERY OPERATED RADIO ALONG WITH A FRESH
SUPPLY OF BATTERIES. A RADIO WILL BE ONE OF YOUR MOST USEFUL
SOURCES OF INFORMATION. 

OBTAIN SEVERAL FLASHLIGHTS WITH FRESH BATTERIES. USE OF CANDLES
FOR LIGHTING IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR SAFETY REASONS. 

HAVE ENOUGH EXTRA BATTERIES TO LAST FOR SEVERAL DAYS. THERE MAY
BE NO ELECTRICITY AFTER THE STORM. 

HAVE A FULL TANK OF GASOLINE IN YOUR AUTOMOBILE. NEVER LET YOUR
VEHICLE GAS TANK BE LESS THAN HALF FULL DURING A HURRICANE OR
TROPICAL STORM THREAT. ELECTRICALLY OPERATED GAS PUMPS MAY FAIL
DURING THE STORM. 

OBTAIN CANNED GOODS, A MANUALLY OPERATED CAN OPENER, AND NON
PERISHABLE FOODS. STORE PACKAGED FOODS WHICH CAN BE PREPARED
WITHOUT COOKING AND NEED NO REFRIGERATION, AS THERE MAY BE NO
ELECTRICITY OR GAS AFTER THE STORM. REFILL NEEDED PRESCRIPTION
MEDICATIONS. 

OBTAIN CONTAINERS FOR DRINKING WATER. HAVE CLEAN, AIR TIGHT
CONTAINERS TO STORE A SUFFICIENT WATER SUPPLY FOR SEVERAL DAYS.
LOCAL WATER SUPPLIES WILL POSSIBLY BE INTERRUPTED OR
CONTAMINATED.

OBTAIN MATERIALS FOR PROTECTING GLASS OPENINGS. HAVE SHUTTERS OR
LUMBER FOR PROTECTING LARGE WINDOWS AND DOORS. USE MASKING TAPE
ON SMALL WINDOWS. PUTTING TAPE ON GLASS WINDOWS OR DOORS WILL NOT
PREVENT FLYING DEBRIS FROM BREAKING THE GLASS, BUT WILL MINIMIZE
THE SPREADING AND SHATTERING OF GLASS IF THE WINDOW DOES BREAK. 

HAVE MATERIALS FOR EMERGENCY REPAIRS. YOUR INSURANCE POLICY MAY
COVER THE COST OF MATERIALS USED IN TEMPORARY REPAIRS, SO KEEP
ALL RECEIPTS. THESE WILL ALSO BE HELPFUL FOR ANY INCOME TAX
DEDUCTIONS. 

MOOR YOUR BOAT SECURELY OR MOVE IT TO SAFE SHELTER. SECURE
OUTDOOR OBJECTS OR BRING THEM INDOORS. BRING PETS INDOORS. 

DURING THE TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE: 

STAY INDOORS AND AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND DOORS. TAKE REFUGE IN A
SMALL INTERIOR ROOM. 

BEWARE THE EYE OF THE STORM. THE CALM CENTER OF THE STORM CAN BE
DECEPTIVE DUE TO ITS CLEARING SKY AND RELATIVELY CALM WINDS. THE
EYE IS BORDERED BY WINDS AND RAINS OF MAXIMUM FORCE THAT WILL
INCREASE RAPIDLY AND FROM THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION TO THE WINDS AND
RAINS PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE EYE. MINOR EMERGENCY REPAIRS
MAY BE POSSIBLE WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE EYE IF NECESSARY, BUT IN
GENERAL ONE SHOULD NOT VENTURE OUT OF SAFE SHELTER INTO THE EYE
OF THE STORM, AS RAPIDLY DETERIORATING CONDITIONS WILL FOLLOW.  

AFTER THE STORM HAS PASSED: 

IF YOU NEED TO USE AN ALTERNATE SOURCE OF ELECTRICITY FOR YOUR
HOME, BE CAREFUL. OBSERVE ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID CARBON
MONOXIDE POISONING, ELECTROCUTION, OR A FIRE. PORTABLE GENERATORS
SHOULD ONLY BE OPERATED OUTDOORS IN A DRY AND WELL VENTILATED
AREA. NEVER OPERATE A PORTABLE GENERATOR INDOORS. 

IF YOU EVACUATED TO A PUBLIC SHELTER, REMAIN THERE UNTIL YOU ARE
TOLD THAT IS SAFE TO RETURN HOME. LISTEN TO YOUR LOCAL RADIO OR
TELEVISION FOR ADVICE AND INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
OFFICIALS REGARDING FOOD, HOUSING AND OTHER FORMS OF ASSISTANCE.
BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE LATEST HEALTH GUIDELINES FROM THE CDC AND 
YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS.

DO NOT DRIVE UNLESS NECESSARY. STREETS ARE LIKELY TO BE FILLED
WITH DEBRIS AND DOWNED POWER LINES. ROADS SHOULD BE PRIMARILY
RESERVED FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND ESSENTIAL RESCUE AND RECOVERY
WORK. 

AVOID LOOSE OR DANGLING WIRES, AND REPORT THEM TO YOUR LOCAL
ELECTRIC COMPANY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. REPORT ALL BROKEN OR
DAMAGED WATER, SEWER, GAS, AND ELECTRICAL LINES. 

HURRICANES AND TROPICAL STORMS MOVING INLAND CAN CAUSE SEVERE
FLOODING DUE TO HEAVY RAINFALL. STAY AWAY FROM RIVER BANKS,
CREEKS, OR STREAMS. WHEN DRIVING, DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE
WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. THE AVERAGE AUTOMOBILE CAN BE SWEPT OFF
THE ROAD IN ONLY 12 INCHES OF MOVING WATER, AND ROADS COVERED BY
WATER ARE PRONE TO COLLAPSE. ATTEMPTING TO DRIVE THROUGH WATER
MAY ALSO STALL YOUR ENGINE, AND COULD CAUSE IRREPARABLE DAMAGE.
REMEMBER, LIVE TO DRIVE ANOTHER DAY. TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN. 

IF YOU LEFT YOUR HOME FOR THE STORM, CAUTIOUSLY REENTER UPON
RETURNING AFTER THE STORM HAS PASSED. CHECK FOR GAS LEAKS, FOOD
SPOILAGE, WATER AND WIND DAMAGE. 

DISCUSS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WITH YOUR FAMILY. SHARE YOUR IDEAS
WITH FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND RELATIVES. HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS IS
A JOB FOR EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY. 

FOR ADDITIONAL HELP OR ASSISTANCE ON HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS,
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY OR YOUR
LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE. IT IS BEST TO FORMULATE
YOUR PREPAREDNESS PLAN WELL IN ADVANCE OF A STORM SYSTEM. DO NOT
WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. ONCE AGAIN, BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE 
LATEST HEALTH GUIDELINES FROM THE CDC AND YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY
OFFICIALS. LISTEN TO LOCAL OFFICIALS ABOUT HOW YOU MAY NEED TO 
ADJUST EVACUATION PLANS BASED ON THE LATEST CDC AND LOCAL HEALTH 
AND SAFETY GUIDELINES. VISIT 
WWW.CDC.GOV/DISASTERS/HURRICANES/COVID-19 /PREPARE-FOR- 
HURRICANE.HTML FOR MORE INFORMATION. 

IF YOU HAVE WEATHER EQUIPMENT AT YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS, PLEASE
MAKE SURE YOUR EQUIPMENT IS WORKING PROPERLY. AFTER THE STORM HAS
PASSED, PLEASE RELAY YOUR HIGHEST OBSERVED WIND SPEED AND
DIRECTION, YOUR LOWEST SEA LEVEL PRESSURE AND RAINFALL TOTALS,
AND THEIR TIMES OF OCCURRENCE, VIA E-MAIL TO YOUR NEW YORK CITY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AT OKX.SPOTTERS@NOAA.GOV.



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