Department of Emergency Management releases tips for how to deal with flooding during tropical storms
With Tropical Storm Fay expected to make landfall Friday, the biggest risk to the area could be flooding.
The Department of Emergency Management has a few tips to help New Yorkers prepare for potential flooding and effects of Tropical Storm Fay.
First, the department says to avoid walking and driving through flooded areas. As few as six inches of moving water can knock a person over or cause them to lose control of a car.
The department also says to stay away from downed power lines. They say just because the wires have fallen doesn’t mean they are not active.
Another suggestion is for those with disabilities or functional needs. The department says to have a plan that fits those needs. If someone is unable to evacuate they should shelter in place, call emergency workers and arrange help from families and friends.
With high winds and heavy rainfall also predicted this weekend, officials say it is smart to keep batteries nearby and cell phones or electronics charged in case of an emergency.