NEW YORK, (Sputnik) – Residents of the US state of New York are urged to create an emergency plan that they can activate in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
“When disaster strikes, we want all New Yorkers to be prepared and ready to respond,” Cuomo said Tuesday. “By planning ahead and taking a few simple safety steps, we can all be ready for unpredictable weather condition and emergencies.”
In addition to forming an emergency plan that can help protect individuals, families and businesses in times of a crisis, Cuomo also urged citizens to prepare a portable, emergency supply kit containing enough food, water, medications and other consumables to last seven to ten days.
“These recommendations can help save lives and reduce suffering in the event of a disaster,” Cuomo’s office stated.
The storm was the second-costliest hurricane in US history, according to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.
A 2013 study by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that climate-change related increases in sea level have nearly doubled today’s probability of a Sandy-level flood recurrence as compared to 1950.