Sheriff’s Office urges residents to prepare for storm

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to prepare for a potentially large storm headed toward the northeast. Hurricane Sandy is on course to impact the area as early as Sunday night into Monday and Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Office offered some guidelines for residents to prepare:

Secure your home

Loose, lightweight objects, such as lawn furniture and garbage cans should be brought inside. Anchor objects that will be unsafe to bring inside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.

If your basement is vulnerable to flooding, move any valuable items to upper floors.

Stock up on non-perishable food and water

One gallon of water per person, per day.

Ready to eat food and a manual can opener.

Fill prescriptions for important medication

Have a supply of important medications. Don’t wait for the last minute.

Assemble an emergency supply kit

First-Aid kit, flashlights and extra batteries and a battery-operated radio.

Charge all cell phones

Help others prepare

Check on friends, relatives and neighbors, especially older adults and people with disabilities or health conditions and assist them with their preparation.