Governor Activates Homeland Security Ahead of Hurricane Sandy
Stressing that there's no need to panic, New York officials are bracing for a gale-force storm expected to hit most of the U.S. East Coast next week.
Forecasters say there's a 90 percent chance that the East will get high winds, heavy rain, flooding and maybe snow starting Sunday. While it's too early for precise forecasts, New York City and New Jersey could get the worst of it.
Anxiety is especially high in Northeast areas socked last year by a freak October snow storm that knocked out electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services on Thursday to monitor the course of Hurricane Sandy and prepare for potential storm impacts.
Cuomo said New Yorkers also should listen for Emergency Alert System messages that carry local emergency orders, such as evacuation or travel restrictions.
A storm emergency kit should include items such as nonperishable food, water, cash, filled prescriptions, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, a first aid kit, flashlights, and extra batteries, the governor's office said.