The Boy Scouts of America's motto is one the Riverhead Town police are taking seriously. On Friday, they issued advice to the public as Hurricane Sandy barrels north.
"The Town is currently keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Sandy," a release issued Friday stated; the storm is expected to hit Riverhead Monday. "Hurricane Sandy is a large storm and its effects will be felt over a long period of time."
Also, police added that although the storm is currently expected to track west and south of Long Island, "We cannot let our guard down."
The track, the release states, can change "drastically, either for the good or bad. The best way to deal with this storm is to be prepared."
To that end, Riverhead police urged residents to adhere to the three Ps of preparedness -- "plan, pack and pay attention."
Residents should have a plan, should evacuation be necessary, police said. While the town and the Red Cross will open shelters, officials say residents will be more comfortable with family and friends.
If staying at home, residents should have a kit prepared; if evacuating, a go-bag should be packed. A list of what to pack can be found at FEMA, Ready.gov, the New York State Office of Emergency Management, Suffolk County and Red Cross websites.
Finally, Riverhead police say residents should pay attention to all news and updates; currently, the Town does not plan to open shelters but if that changes, information can be found on Patch, on TV, on the radio, or at the Riverhead Town website.
"You only have two days to prepare," the release stated. "Use common sense. Think about your family and where you are going to stay." Police urge residents to secure loose lawn furniture and boats. "Stay safe by staying informed and being prepared," police said.