As Hurricane Sandy approaches, East Coast police are on high alert

As Hurricane Sandy approaches, East Coast police are on high alert

As Hurricane Sandy approaches, East Coast police are on high alert

As the massive Hurricane Sandy bears down on the U.S. East Coast, law enforcement in states from North Carolina to Maine are on high alert as this Category-1 storm makes landfall. Sandy has already claimed the lives of more than 60 people in the Caribbean, The Associated Press reported, and police are taking action to make sure no Americans join the hurricane’s body count.

When massive storms like Sandy pose a serious threat to large populations, police officers need to be ready for the unexpected – something law enforcement training may be able to help them with.

Police officers all along the East Coast are making sure citizens have taken the proper storm precautions and have been evacuated from areas that are expected to be hit the hardest. New York City, for example, has been transformed into a ghost town, with residents advised to seek higher ground as the Big Apple’s mass transit system completely shuts down.

According to New York City’s Severe Weather website, a mandatory evacuation is in effect for those who reside in Zone A areas, which include the Rockaways, Hamilton Beach and City Island. It is law enforcement’s duty to make sure people are following these types of rules, no matter what state they reside in. Furthermore, police will have to be on the look out for thrill-seeking surfers and beachgoers who may be endangering their lives.

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