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How to Prepare for a Disaster


As the City moves into the season of hurricanes and blackouts, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum called on New Yorkers to take simple steps to prepare themselves.

According to a 2005 study by Risk Management Company AIR, a large scale storm or hurricane in New York would cover JFK in 20 feet of water and cost over $100 billion in damages. And IFC Consulting estimated that the citywide blackout of August 2003 resulted in damages between $7 and $10 billion.

The Public Advocate's Office has launched an emergency preparedness summer tour to urge New Yorkers to talk to their kids about emergency planning: pick a meeting place, plan an exit route, designate an out-of-state relative or friend, and pack an emergency kit. As part of her five borough tour, Public Advocate Gotbaum will pass out pamphlets about preparedness and raffle off “Go Bags”.

For more information about the Public Advocate's Emergency Preparedness Tour, click here.



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