Storm Preparedness For Small Business, an excellent event organized by SBIDC took place on 9/17/13. The tips are also useful for home owners and non-profits, and much of it also applies for areas besides Red Hook.
SBIDC set up this day-long program which was run by The Dewberry Group who studied the Sandy experience of three Red Hook businesses before coming up with their recommendations.
The result is a lot of information about practical, hands-on things you can do: temporary storm barriers (commercial and do-it-yourself models) to prevent water from coming in cellars, windows and doors, and checklists on what kind of data to save or move, and who to call. Here are the documents presented by The Dewberry Group that day:
The event's intro powerpoint
Storm prep planning intro
Storm prep planning in more detail (afternoon breakout sessions)
Three Red Hook Sandy Case Studies (Flickinger Glass, Fort Defiance, Linda Tool)
Storm Preparedness Documents (.pdf)
Small Business Storm Prep Plan
Hazard Mitigation Report
How to find your FEMA flood risk
Sample Emergency Messages
Sources of funding or program support for mitigation and resiliency projects
Excel worksheets on what to do, to save, who to call