Due to its unique location, Westchester County is susceptible to severe weather throughout the year ranging from winter snow and ice storms to tropical cyclones and thunderstorms and their impacts that can include high winds and flooding. The county's Department of Emergency Services has put together these safety tips to help you prepare for severe weather. Having a plan and staying informed are the keys to keeping safe.

  • Develop an emergency plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated. Know what to do and when to do it.
  • The New York State Department of Homeland Security Emergency Information Handbook is a comprehensive emergency planning resource that can be used to prepare yourself and your family at work and at home.
  • Prepare and have readily available a Go Bag.
  • Make an itemized list of all valuables including furnishings, clothing, and other personal property. If possible, take photos of your items. Keep the list in a safe place.
  • Plan what to do with your pets.
  • Keep your automobile fueled. If electric power is cut off, gasoline stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. Have a small kit of disaster supplies in the trunk of your car.

Heavy rains can produce flooding
Floods are the most frequent and costly natural hazards in New York State in terms of human hardship and economic loss, particularly to communities that lie within flood-prone areas or flood plains of a major water source.

Learn the safest route from your home or business to high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry. During major rainstorms, many of Westchester's parkways and roadways can become flooded. Be sure to observe flood safety rules; they could save your life."  Additionally:

  • Find out how many feet your property is above and below possible flood levels. When predicted flood levels are broadcast, you can determine if you may be flooded.
  • Have emergency waterproofing supplies on hand, including sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber.

Be sure to observe flood safety rules; they could save your life.