by Dylan Taft
on Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 7:19pm.
Just days after a rare earthquake rattled the east coast, the Hudson Valley finds itself in the path of Hurricane Irene, which could reach our area by Sunday reports say. Though vastly different in nature and origin, Tuesday’s earthquake and Hurricane Irene follow a seeming trend of extreme weather this summer and once again highlight the importance of disaster preparedness. Local hazards like flooding and loss of power may occur should Irene decide to pay a visit, so officials are advising that Ulster County residents take measures and be prepared. It’s not often that we at Taft Street can blog about an earthquake and a hurricane in the same week! Thankfully in this age of information, the resources for monitoring such storms are numerous and easily accessible. With a little preparation Ulster County will be more than ready to dance with Irene!
“Entire East Coast Should Prepare”
As Irene moves on from Puerto Rico and bashes the Bahamas “the entire East Coast should get prepared”, according to the FEMA twitter page.The agency’s website also offers hurricane safety tips, which include packing a “to-go” emergency kit should you need to quickly evacuate, and trimming down tree limbs to make them more resistant to wind. Most at risk are the coastal regions, which look to bear the brunt of Irene’s wrath. In these areas, extensive flooding and strong, forceful winds can destroy homes. Precautions residents in these areas can take are to reinforce windows, bring in all exterior furniture, but MOST importantly to follow all directions given by local officials. If you’re told to evacuate, please do so in a timely fashion to ensure the safety of you and your family.
Not Too Early For Hudson Valley To Get Ready
On the local the front, should Irene continue along her projected route, the Hudson Valley will be affected. In a press release issued by the Director of Ulster County Emergency Management, residents were urged to prepare for potential extended power outages, such as stocking up on batteries, flashlights, non perishable foods, and adequate drinking water (1 Gallon of water per person, per day and don't forget to factor in water for your pets!) Tree limbs and downed power lines are also a concern, so take caution should you be outside or travelling on the roads. The National Weather Service has a great interactive map of New York State where you can click on your area for up-to-the-minute local weather conditions.
Ready To Face Irene
Hudson Valley residents should be more than ready to face Irene should she come a knockin’. No stranger to extreme weather conditions, Ulster County has proven to be resilient and resourceful in the face of Mother Nature’s fury. If you live in a flood prone area, pay extra attention to rainfall and potential flooding. Everyone should be prepared for long power-outages and strong winds. Here at Taft Street, we'll track any news of possible damage to Ulster County homes. By taking a few simple precautions and staying tuned-in to the weather, the Hudson Valley will be ready for Irene! Learn more about hurricanes, earthquakes, and yes even Ulster County real estate on our website.* UPDATE * Read Our Latest Irene Follow-Up Blog