Henri: How to prepare hurricane conditions, seek shelter if needed

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NEW YORK — As Hurricane Henri took aim at New York on Saturday, officials warned it was residents’ last chance to prepare their families and their homes for possible life-threatening weather conditions.

Much of the tri-state area was encompassed by a hurricane warning, hurricane watch, tropical storm warning or tropical storm watch.

Storm surges between 3 and 5 feet are possible, along with flooding from heavy rainfall and damaging winds of 74 to 110 mph.

Henri was expected to make landfall near or on Long Island Sunday between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.

There’s still time to prepare. Here are some tips: 

  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Have enough food and water for two to three days, so you don’t have to leave your home during dangerous weather.
  • Have ice ready to keep food cold in case of a power outage.
  • Secure or shelter lawn and/or balcony furniture.
  • Make a plan for what you will do to keep your pets safe if there is an emergency.
  • Prepare an emergency to-go bag with water, flashlights, phone chargers, batteries, medication and cash. A change of clothing is also advised in case of an evacuation.
  • If you need to be outside, be aware of potential downed power lines. Downed wires should be considered live and dangerous, so keep at least 10 to 15 feet away.

Shelters

The Red Cross said it’s opened six shelters in Long Island for Saturday night:

  • Nassau Community College, 1 Education Drive, Garden City
  • Brentwood High School, 5th Avenue & First Street, Brentwood
  • Hampton Bays Middle School, 70 Ponquogue Ave, Hampton Bays
  • Riverhead High School, 700 Harrison Ave, Riverhead
  • Sachem High School East, 177 Granny Road, Farmingville
  • East Hampton High School, 2 Long Lane, East Hampton

More shelter locations are said to be on standby across Long Island, New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley if needed.

Anyone who needs a safe place to go can find information for open Red Cross shelters on redcross.org, 1-877-RED CROSS (877-733-2767) or the free Red Cross Emergency app. Download the app by searching “American Red Cross” in your app store or by going to redcross.org/apps

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