Posts Tagged ‘preparedness’

Hurricane and Flood Preparedness

Posted on: September 7th, 2017 by Brent Gotsch

Hur­ri­cane Irma is like­ly to be one of the most pow­er­ful storms ever record­ed and is cur­rent­ly on track to make land­fall in the state of Flori­da this week­end. At this point it is unclear whether this storm will con­tin­ue on with the same strength or inten­si­ty and make its way to the North­east. Now is a good time to make prepa­ra­tions in case the storm does reach our water­shed. A good first step to pre­pare for poten­tial flood­ing is review AWSM­P’s Flood Pre­pared­ness Guide and guides from emer­gency man­age­ment agen­cies like FEMA.

It may also be use­ful to know if you are in a mapped flood haz­ard zone. You can do this by view­ing paper Flood Insur­ance Rate Maps at your local Town Hall (also avail­able for down­load from the FEMA Map Ser­vice Cen­ter) or by view­ing an inter­ac­tive ver­sion on the Nation­al Flood Haz­ard Lay­er or the Ulster Coun­ty Par­cel View­er. Now would also be a good time to stock up extra sup­plies of food, water, and med­i­cine in case there are dis­rup­tions in deliv­ery of such items. In addi­tion, the NY Exten­sion Dis­as­ter Edu­ca­tion Net­work (NY EDEN) has exten­sive infor­ma­tion on how to pre­pare for flood­ing, hur­ri­canes and oth­er emer­gen­cies. By being informed and pre­pared we can all be more resilient in the face of nat­ur­al dis­as­ters.

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Living by the Waterfront class offered March 21

Posted on: February 18th, 2015 by Brent Gotsch

Are you a prospec­tive home­own­er think­ing of buy­ing water­front prop­er­ty? Do you already own water­front prop­er­ty but are con­fused about flood insur­ance or how to lim­it flood dam­ages? If so, you should attend the class “Liv­ing by the Waterfront—Keeping Dry When the Waters Rise”  at Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty, 232 Plaza Road in Kingston, NY on March 21, 2015 from 9:00am to Noon. Cost to attend is $10 per per­son or $15 per cou­ple. Water­shed Edu­ca­tor Brent Gotsch will teach the class on what prospec­tive prop­er­ty own­ers should think about before pur­chas­ing water­front prop­er­ty. Reg­is­ter online by March 15. Con­tact Heather Eckardt at he54@cornell.edu or call 845–688-3047 for ques­tions about reg­is­tra­tion.

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