A Message from Town Supervisor JOSEPH SALADINO
The devastating effects of recent weather-related disasters around the world, and the focus on issues relating to homeland security, have only underscored the importance of being prepared locally for any event that may disrupt our lives. It only takes one event, such as a severe storm, to devastate a community. We cannot afford to be complacent.
Disaster planning is everyone’s business. Please take time to prepare, plan and stay informed. The only real defense during an emergency is the informed readiness of our communities and our families.
The Town of Oyster Bay has installed an emergency notification system (Smart911) that enables the Town to call thousands of resident per minute to convey vital emergency information, These messages, which can be sent by telephone, email, or text are part of my commitment to use modern technology to protect the health, safety and welfare of our neighbors. Please follow the instructions set forth below to become our partner in public safety and emergency management.
You can sign up for Smart911 by CLICKING HERE and providing us with your contact information. You can also call us at (516) 677-5350 and request the form to be filled out by you and returned to the Town in order to add your contact information to the Town’s emergency contact system.
There is no substitute for being prepared. You can download a copy of our new Hurricane & Storm preparedness safety guide containing vital information to help keep you prepared for emergencies. Please read it carefully and keep it handy for quick reference.
- EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS & WEBSITES
- EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN
- HURRICANE TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW
- SAFE BOATING PRECAUTIONS
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS & WEBSITES
Town of Oyster Bay Emergency Operations Center- (516) 677-5757
Activated 24-36 hours before the potential arrival of gale force winds for residents who need further information such as evacuation warnings, emergency shelter locations and to get assistance in evacuating.
Town of Oyster Bay Department of Public Safety- (516) 677-5350
TOWN OF OYSTER BAY HURRICANE/COASTAL STORM EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN
With the adoption of the Hurricane/Coastal Storm Emergency Response Plan by the Town Board, the Town of Oyster Bay has enacted a comprehensive plan for the residents of the Town.
“No one can be too prepared for a hurricane or coastal storm,” Supervisor Saladino stated. ” I, along with other Town personnel, have worked closely with county and State emergency management officials, to develop a plan that will serve as a guide during hurricanes, tropical storms and major nor’easters.
“The Town’s Hurricane/Coastal Storm Emergency Response Plan clearly outlines the specific responsibilities of everyone in Town government during every phase of a possible weather emergency, from observing the latest weather conditions days before a storm has the potential to strike to keeping the media and our residents up-to-date on the latest developments,” Supervisor Saladino continued. “It also provides for improved interaction between the Town and other agencies, such as the police and fire departments, as well as neighboring municipalities, to ensure that residents receive the necessary information and services to safely weather a storm, so to speak.”
The Supervisor went on to say that the plan will be activated as early as 72 hours before threatening weather becomes a possibility and will continue through the storm cleanup. The Town’s emergency response activities will be coordinated at the Town Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at the Department of Public Works in Syosset. A special phone number, (516) 677-5757, will be activated 24-36 hours before the potential arrival of gale force winds for residents who need further information, such as evacuation warnings and emergency shelter locations, and to get assistance in evacuating.
“Under the Town’s plan, there are three levels of activation. Level 1, also known as preliminary EOC activation, will take place approximately 72 hours before the potential arrival of gale force winds. At this time, the Town, through its Emergency Management Coordinator, will establish contact with other agencies to keep them apprised of the storm’s progress toward Long Island and of the Town’s response activities associated with the threat.
Level 2, or partial EOC activation, will go into effect 24 to 36 hours before the potential arrival of gale force winds. At that time, decisions about potential evacuations will be formulated. All involved Town agencies, as well as the local police and the Town Fire Advisory Board (TFAB), will meet at the EOC to discuss needed actions. Following this meeting, representatives of the Town Supervisor, Town Attorney’s Office and the TFAB will remain at the EOC with the Emergency Management Coordinator.
At 24 hours or less before the arrival of potential gale force winds, Level 3, or full EOC activation, will go into effect. All agencies will have representatives at the EOC and Town personnel will be stationed at key locations ready to respond once the storm strikes.
“While Long Island has not felt the wrath of a major hurricane for many years, several nor’easters and coastal storms have paid us a visit,” Supervisor Saladino commented.” The Hurricane/Coastal Storm Emergency Response Plan will insure that, in a weather emergency, Town personnel are clear about their roles in ensuring the safety and welfare of our residents.”
HURRICANE TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Advisory – A formal message from the National Hurricane Center issued every six hours and giving warning information along with details on tropical cyclone locations, intensity and movement. The Advisory specifies locations where watches and warnings are in effect with precautions that should be taken.
Tropical Depression – An organized system of thunderstorms with maximum sustained winds of 38 mph (33 knots) or less.
Tropical Storm – An organized system of strong thunderstorms with maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph (34-63 knots).
Tropical Storm WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 39-73 mph are possible within the specified area within 48 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
Tropical Storm WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 39-73 mph are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
Hurricane – A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or more.
Hurricane WATCH: – An announcement 48 hours in advance that sustained winds 74 mph or higher are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
Hurricane WARNING – An announcement 36 hours in advance that sustained winds 74 mph or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
Hurricane Eye – The relatively calm area near the center of a storm that can last for several minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the hurricane’s size and speed, which ends suddenly as winds return from the opposite direction, possibly with even greater force.
Storm Surge – A dome-like rise in the ocean level associated with a hurricane. The surge of high water topped by waves is devastating. The stronger the hurricane and the shallower the offshore water, the higher the surge will be. If the storm surge arrives at the same time as high tide, the water height will be even greater.
Tornado Warning – If a tornado is detected in your area, a warning will be issued. Tornadoes spawned by hurricanes sometimes produce severe damage and casualties.
SAFE BOATING PRECAUTIONS
- Heed and respect National Weather Service warnings. Begin your safe anchorage trip before the storm surge arrives.
- After you have prepared your boat for the storm, leave it! DO NOT stay on boats during a hurricane.
- Remove trailerable boats from the water and store them on high ground.
- Keep safe anchor rigging on board, new or good tie ropes with extra length, and three or four substantial anchors.