Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said that tremors felt across Long Island after Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Virginia should serve as a wake up call for residents to be prepared for emergencies.
"In the coming days, Nassau County may experience the effects of Hurricane Irene that is tracking towards our coast," he said, adding residents should maintain Hurricane Preparedness Kits.
Among other things, this kit should include flashlight with batteries, portable radio, first aid kit, prescription medications and emergency food and water.
While Mangano said no significant damage or injuries were reported in Nassau, he added that residents "should inspect the entire length of chimneys for damage. Also, inspect utilities for gas leaks, electrical system damage and sewage and water lines."