"As we are witnessing in Texas with Hurricane Harvey, it is vitally important to be as prepared as possible in the case of a hurricane or tropical storm."
Farmingville, NY - August 29, 2017 - On Monday, August 28, 2017, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) hosted a Hurricane Preparedness Seminar at Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville, to provide residents with information regarding hurricane preparedness and recovery.
This year, forecasters predict an above-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic. Hurricanes and tropical storms have the potential to cause serious damage to Long Island coastal and inland areas, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, coastal and inland flooding, high winds, and tornadoes.
To help Long Islanders prepare for these types of storms, Congressman Zeldin hosted a seminar with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), American Red Cross and Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES), who provided information to help residents prepare for, stay safe during, and recover from hurricane storm systems. Residents also learned more about how these organizations measure, track, and forecast hurricane activity.
Congressman Zeldin said, “As we are witnessing in Texas with Hurricane Harvey, it is vitally important to be as prepared as possible in the case of a hurricane or tropical storm. New Yorkers unfortunately know this all too well. In 2012, Superstorm Sandy hit New York hard and devastated our coastal communities and businesses on Long Island, leaving mass destruction in it’s wake. This year, forecasters predict an above-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic. To best prepare, I organized a Hurricane Preparedness Seminar last night, where I was joined by Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine and professionals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service, American Red Cross and Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES). The common message among all of the presentations was: BE PREPARED. The key is to be informed, make a plan, build an emergency kit, and get involved. I would like to especially thank Boy Scout Troop 301 for attending the event last night. I'd also like to thank the Boy Scouts of America for their work in aiding in the recovery effort in Texas. Whether it's food collection, on-site assistance, or other volunteer causes, members of this great organization have aided hurricane relief efforts for decades. If any constituent ever needs information on hurricane preparedness or otherwise needs assistance, they are always encouraged to contact my office at (631) 289-1097.”