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Nassau County officials address the peak of hurricane season

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran spoke about the precautions the Nassau County Emergency Management department has taken to keep county residents safe as the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season arrives.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, along with Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder and Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner Steven Morelli, held a press conference to address precautions Nassau County emergency departments have taken to ensure residents’ safety as the peak of Atlantic hurricane season takes hold.

As Curran pointed out in her opening statement, Long Island was “ravaged” by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. As “the key to storm response is preparation,” Curran said, the OEM has spent the last six years readying different departments for the next natural disaster.

Among steps taken to improve safety throughout Nassau County during an emergency are: the DPW constructed an emergency command center, 170 Cantiague Rock Rd. in Hicksville, to facilitate emergency communication and operations; the OEM implemented Everbridge, a mass notification system for Nassau County, and an alert FM system; there is a traffic management electronic system, deployable signs for emergency notifications; there are new traffic cameras to monitor traffic and flood conditions; there are 50 portable traffic lights and 100 complementary generators for when traffic lights lose power; and Nassau County will receive more than $140,000 to augment the county’s 9-1-1 system and make emergency service dispatch more efficient.

While the new systems and operations in place to handle county-wide emergency situations are important, Curran emphasized that residents’ knowledge is paramount to their safety. She also mentioned the importance of having go-kits, kits full of supplies needed in the event of evacuating an emergency, for both your family and any pets you may have. She reminded residents that the Nassau County SPCA has an emergency pet evacuation center at Nassau Community College.

For those looking to take extra precautions for when natural disaster strikes the area, Curran mentioned the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This is training spanning across multiple weekends to teach residents how to keep their families safe.
To learn more about staying safe this hurricane season, visit www.nassau
countyny.gov.com/oem.

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