American Red Cross of NY gives preparation advice before Tropical Storm Elsa

Officials are advising New Yorkers to be prepared for the weather event that could bring high winds and possible flooding.

News 12 Staff

Jul 8, 2021, 4:47 PM

Updated 1,018 days ago

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Tropical Storm Elsa is making its way up the coast and expected in the New York City area later. Officials are advising New Yorkers to be prepared for the weather event that could bring high winds and possible flooding.
Hours before Tropical Storm Elsa arrives, people in Gerritsen Beach were soaking up the nice weather. Donald Fraser was taking it easy before the storm hits.
"I'm going to get two bottles of soda, and I'm just going to stay home in the house and that's it," he said.
The Department of Buildings will be assessing construction sites to make sure there are no hazards.
The American Red Cross of Greater New York plans to be out assisting anyone that needs it but recommends being proactive ahead of time, like making sure there is food and electronic devices are charged.
"Backyard, patio, balcony, you want to shore up anything that's outside. So, plants, furniture, you want to bring those in or bring them close, secure those so there's no risk of those blowing into your windows," said. Michael Devul Pillieres, communications officer of American Red Cross of Greater New York.
He advises stocking up on food and gas but also ensuring there is a way to get help if needed.
The Red Cross stresses this is only the beginning of hurricane season, so it's never too late to plan ahead.
The storm is expected into Friday morning. Areas near the water will see the biggest impact.


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