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Is Your Chappaqua Family Hurricane Ready?

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.— First an earthquake shook the ground in Chappaqua, now a hurricane threatens to bring heavy rain, wind, coastal flooding and possible damages to the area by Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Hurricane Irene was upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday, calling for a storm surge of 9 to 12 feet and sustained winds of 111 to 130 mph. Damage in a Category 3 storm may be extensive on small buildings with low roofs, large trees and branches, and it may also cause power and water outages.

Only five hurricanes have passed within 75 miles of New York City since 1851 — Hurricane Gloria was the most recent 26 years ago, according to Weather.com.

During hurricane season, the Town of New Castle reviews its emergency operations plan , monitors any threatening weather and communicates regularly with authorities.

Here are some tips for before, during or after the storm:

• Planning for materials should include:   • Cell phones   • List of phone numbers in sealed containers   • Battery-operated radios to listen for updates   • Advance plans about meeting places if necessary, taking into action your children’s school district escape plans.   • Flashlights and batteries   • A good first aid kit and sufficient medications   • At least three days of non-perishable food   • Water   • Blankets   • Can/Bottle opener   • Copies of important family documents, passports, birth certificates and a supply of cash   • Gather supplies, including food, water and medications, and prepare a hurricane survival kit.   • Copies of important family documents, passports, birth certificates and a supply of cash

Gather supplies, including food, water and medications, and prepare a hurricane survival kit .

Sign up for Nixle email alerts to receive emergency alerts from the New Castle Police Department and Chappaqua Fire Department regarding Hurricane Irene throughout the weekend.

How are you preparing for Hurricane Irene? E-mail your Chappaqua reporter, Mike Esposito at mesposito@TheDailyChappaqua.com or comment on The Daily Chappaqua Facebook page.

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