May 31, 2016, 6:11 pm

PSEG, Red Cross urge Long Island residents to prepare for hurricane season

Emergency officials give tips on how to be ready for a natural disaster

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Although we haven't seen a major storm since Hurricane Sandy, Long Island officials are showing residents how to “be prepared, not scared.”

Liz Barker of the American Red Cross says creating an emergency bag is essential for getting yourself through the first few days of a disaster.

During a news conference on Tuesday, officials put updated emergency kits on display to give residents a better picture of what emergency preparedness looks like.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says procedures have changed, he announced that officials are doing a comprehensive update to the emergency management plan for Long Island.

“We have trimmed thousands of trees and improved substations, moving them where necessary…all of these things will help us when he winds blow,” David Daly of PSEG said.

Since Long Island could experience a few major storms this season residents are urged to have a shelter plan with family and friends who live out of town

“To really keep our island safe , we need the participation of our residents so take these precautions and God forbid there is a Hurricane and you're asked to leave your home you will find the best way to do that in the most safe manner,” Bellone added.

Residents can sign up for the Code Red System to get more tips and emergency information by going to

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