nycstrongHurricaneNearly half of the drowning deaths from 2012 Hurricane Superstorm Sandy were people in mandatory evacuation zones who died in their homes.

“A lot of the drowning occurred in the evacuation zones, and so that just reminds us how important it is to listen to these (evacuation) messages, whether it’s for a hurricane, tornado or any severe event,” says Amy Wolkin, Team Lead for CDC’s Disaster and Epidemiological Response Team.

286 Total Fatalities, 61% males. Of the 286, 148 deaths were as a direct result of drowning, impalement, and crushing. Many of the 138 indirect deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. Use of a gas generator inside a structure will kill you.newjerseystronghurricaneevac