NEW YORK (WABC) -- When dangerouss weather approaches, everyone should prepare for worst-case scenarios.
Here are tips and resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
-- Be aware of the latest weather forecast.
-- Make sure you have plenty of cash on hand in case your area loses power, causing ATM machines and banks to close down as well.
-- Make a plan for your family, business and property.
-- Assemble a disaster preparedness kit stocked with critical supplies, including important documents and medications. Click HERE to see a list of the items you should put in your kit.
-- Purchase flood insurance in advance of the storm.
The National Weather Service suggests you have a plan for your family pets, and determine safe areas inside your home, as well as escape routes if flooding turns dangerous.
Your smartphone could be your most valuable tool during or after a hurricane, with dozens of apps available to provide crucial information. Be sure to download the abc7NY Eyewitness News app to stay informed.
Emergency contact resources for the New York area that you may need during hurricanes, tropical storms or other dangerous weather:
DISASTER RESPONSE AGENCIES:
NEW YORK CITY:
NORTHERN NY SUBURBS:
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES:
Central Hudson: (845) 452-2700 or (800) 527-2714, or go to www.centralhudson.com
Con Edison: (800) 75-CONED (800-752-6633), or go to www.coned.com
PSEG-Long Island: (800) 490-0075, or go to www.psegliny.com
Long Island Power Authority: lipower.org
National Grid (upstate electric): (800) 867-5222, or go to www.nationalgridus.com
National Grid (upstate gas): (800) 642-4272, or go to www.nationalgridus.com
National Grid (metro area gas): (718) 643-4050, or go to www.nationalgridus.com
National Grid (Long Island gas): (800) 490-0045, or go to www.nationalgridus.com
Jersey Center Power and Light: Go to www.firstenergycorp.com
NYSEG (electric): (800) 572-1131, or go to NYSEG.com
NYSEG (gas): (800) 572-1121, or go to NYSEG.com
Orange & Rockland: (877) 434-4100, or go to oru.com
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: