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Mayor de Blasio Encourages New Yorkers to be Prepared as the City Heads into Peak Hurricane Season

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Published on Aug 1, 2014

The City encourages residents to take three key steps to prepare for hurricane season:

• Know Your Zone: Find out whether you live in one of the city’s six hurricane evacuation zones.
• Make a Plan: Make a plan, so you know what to do, how to find family members, roommates, or neighbors, and how to communicate during an emergency.
• Stay informed: Sign up to receive emergency updates and information online and via e-mail, text, phone, and Twitter through the City’s free Notify NYC program at NYC.gov.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner Joseph Esposito today encouraged New Yorkers to take steps to ensure they are prepared, as the City heads into peak hurricane season (August – October). Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Esposito were joined by New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chair Shola Olatoye, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Victor Calise, and Department for the Aging Commissioner Donna Corrado at Red Hook Initiative, where they assembled “Go Bags” for NYCHA residents to ensure they are prepared in the event of an emergency evacuation.

For the past six months, OEM has worked in partnership with the Red Hook Initiative to bolster emergency preparedness within the NYCHA community in Red Hook and equip residents with skills they need to protect themselves and their families, and organize their neighbors in the event of an emergency evacuation.

The City encourages residents to take three key steps to prepare for hurricane season:

• Know Your Zone: Find out whether you live in one of the city’s six hurricane evacuation zones.
• Make a Plan: Make a plan, so you know what to do, how to find family members, roommates, or neighbors, and how to communicate during an emergency.
• Stay informed: Sign up to receive emergency updates and information online and via e-mail, text, phone, and Twitter through the City’s free Notify NYC program at NYC.gov.

The City also has the “Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City” guide, available in print, audio format, and translated into 13 different languages. The guide offers instructions for preparing a disaster plan, and features a map of the City’s six hurricane evacuation zones and a list of hurricane evacuation centers in all five boroughs. New Yorkers are encouraged to visit www.nyc.gov/knowyourzone to download the guide or call 311 to request a copy.

While 84 percent of hurricanes form during the peak of the hurricane season from August through October, the City plans and prepares year-round for coastal storms. New York City has a comprehensive Coastal Storm Plan that includes detailed procedures for evacuating and sheltering residents. In a major coastal storm, the City has the capacity to shelter up to 600,000 people with a shelter system that consists of 64 evacuation centers and more than 450 hurricane shelters, including special medical needs shelters. To supply and staff the shelter system, the City maintains an emergency stockpile of essential supplies and a database of thousands of City employees and volunteers who would be called upon to manage evacuation centers and emergency shelters.

The City is also moving forward PlaNYC, its comprehensive sustainability and resiliency blueprint, including a number of coastal protection, building resiliency, and infrastructure improvements that are already in place for this hurricane season.

Red Hook Initiative
767 Hicks Street
Brooklyn
August 1, 2014

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