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Emergency Updates from Mount Sinai

The National Weather Service is advising that Hurricane Joaquin may affect the NYC area Monday, October 5, into Tuesday, October 6, with strong winds and rain. Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible along parts of the east coast, regardless of the storm’s track. Flood prone/saturated areas may experience flooding as Joaquin or its remnants pass through the NYC area.

Please see our Contact Us page for Mount Sinai hospitals, Emergency Departments, and Urgent Care Facilities phone numbers.

Storm Safety Tips

It is important to be prepared for strong winds, potential power outages, and rain. Mount Sinai has compiled the following safety tips to help you coordinate your plans:

  • If you have a special medical condition, plan ahead. Compile a list of medications (and dosages) you take and any known allergies you have in case you need to go to the hospital.

  • Store insulin and liquid antibiotics on ice in case of a power failure.

  • Be certain to have an extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts handy, as well as batteries for hearing aids.

  • Charge all cell phones in advance of the storm. If you lose power in the home and your car is in a garage, you can use your car cigarette lighter to serve as a backup charger for your cell battery if it runs low.

  • Battery-powered flashlights are better to use in emergencies than candles, as candles can pose a fire hazard. Be sure to have extra batteries for your flashlight(s).

  • Keep a battery-operated emergency radio handy to stay current with weather and news updates.

  • Stay in close contact with the elderly and relatives.

  • Be sure to have a supply of water in containers and even your tub during power outages. You should have at least one gallon of water per person per day.

  • Create an emergency kit with medications, water, bandages, soap, toothpaste/toothbrush, extra clothing, flashlights, a radio, and food in it.

  • Gather essentials for infants, such as diapers, wipes, formula, sanitized bottles, and extra clothing. Also gather warm clothing items and extra blankets in one area.

  • Make sure you or your relatives have backup power sources if anyone is on home oxygen or nebulizers.

  • Remove any deck furniture, planters, garbage cans, and tools from outdoors, as they can be tossed by high winds.

  • Remain inside – large storms can result in dangerous traveling conditions.

  • After the storm, be extra cautious driving and walking outside with potential hazards such as downed trees.

  • Have a supply of cash on hand. If the power fails, the ATM network will not be in operation and credit /debit card machines will be out as well.