Dear friends,

We at Chabad of Tribeca are channeling positive thoughts and praying that hurricane Irene will do minimal damage in New York.

In the meantime we ask our friends, please look out for friends and community. Especially elderly or housebound neighbors and those with very small children who may need assistance.

Please know that we are here to help in any way that we can so please reach out if there is something that we can assist with.

Things continue to change as the forecasts become more refined and this is why the city is waiting to give evacuation guidance. Below please find some helpful information.
With best wishes for a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Zalman Paris
Chabad of Tribeca

Some sites that offer good coverage:

NOAA's National Hurricane Center page

Emergency situations can be a scary time for young children, so include them in your planning. Let them help you check off your checklist and/or put them in charge of certain items on the list. In the rush to protect them, don't forget to explain to them what is happening and how they can help! Another help is to plan ahead in order to keep their minds occupied. If the electricity goes out, board games or books are a good way to pass the time and keep children's minds distracted. It works for adults too!

Pets also can be frightened by emergency situations. Remember to consider their needs and to try and make them as comfortable as possible while they wait out the bad weather. Remember to keep your pets under your direct control at all times.

CityWide Disaster Services Inc. (CDS)
Hurricane Supply Checklist
created by The American Red Cross

Water – A three (3) day supply with at least one gallon of water per person per day

Food – A (3) three day supply of non-perishable, easily prepared food. Remember, you might not be able to use a stove, microwave or other appliances

A Flashlight and a Radio

Extra Batteries

A First Aid Kit

A (7) seven day supply of any medications you take regularly

Family and emergency contact information

Cash – Credit card machines may not function

Tools, especially multi-purpose hand tools

Extra sets of your house and car keys

Extra clothing, rain gear and blankets

Insect repellent and sunscreen

Sanitation items

Personal hygiene items (remember, showers and baths may not be possible)

Copies of Personal Documents

Maps of your area

Baby Supplies (if applicable)

Pet Supplies (if applicable)

A Camera to record any damage

Cell Phone with Chargers

A Radio, charger and a fully charged extra battery