The city's Office of Emergency Management is activating its Emergency Operations Center in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, which comes on the heels of this week's minor earthquake. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
At the Union Square Park Farmers Market Wednesday, New Yorkers were still talking about Tuesday's earthquake.
"That really scared the hell out of me," said one shopper.
But after New Yorkers were shaken by the earthquake centered in Virginia, and with forecasts warning that Hurricane Irene could be headed in our direction, city residents seem to be thinking more about disaster preparedness.
"I did decide to get a little more cash out of the ATM, keep it on hand, and a few gallons of drinking water," said one New Yorker.
The city's Office of Emergency Management says you should keep enough supplies in your home to survive for at least three days in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. That includes one gallon of drinking water per person per day and non perishable ready-to-eat canned goods, as well as a first aid kit, a flashlight and a battery powered radio.
The items should also be in a "go-bag" if you have to leave your home, along with copies of important documents like photo identification and proof of address, plus an extra set of car and house keys, $50 to $100 in cash and a list of medications you need. You should also pick a place family members can unite and someone outside the area you can all contact in case of an emergency.
Some New Yorkers who spoke with NY1 said they think they're sufficiently prepared.
"I always keep first aid kits and so forth, and always keep extra gallons of water in the house, and there's enough food all the time, cans and stuff like that on my shelves," said one New Yorker.
To prepare for a possible hurricane, New Yorkers are urged to visit the city's office of emergency management website to see if you're in a coastal evacuation zone.
For more information, visit nyc.gov/oem.