All It Takes Is One: American Red Cross Hosts Annual Hurricane Preparedness Press Conference

Frank Rizzo

Originally published in Long Island Weekly

Red Cross Long Island Interim Director Joseph Spaccarelli talks at a press conference on hurricane preparedness. Standing behind him at New York State Senator Kevin Thomas and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. (Photo by Frank Rizzo)

The two most destructive weather events in recent history on Long Island weren’t even hurricanes. Sandy (2012) and Isaias (2020) were downgraded to tropical storms by the time they swept over our area, having lost the appellation because their top sustained winds had dropped below 74 mph.

But as residents found out in both cases, a tropical storm can do much damage. Isaias, in early August of last year, left more than 400,000 PSEG-Long Island residents without power, some for more than a week.

The American Red Cross on Long Island hosted its annual hurricane preparedness press conference at the beginning of the hurricane season at its Mineola headquarters.

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