We live within an hour's drive of New York City which means we work, visit, or drive through the city and outskirts pretty often. I'd like to know what to do in the event of a hurricane, wouldn't you? Where would your go, what would you do? Do you have a plan?
The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1, 2014 and as part of Hurricane Preparedness Week May 25-31, 2014 it's time to take action to be prepared. Last year Hurricane Sandy took a toll on residents in New York City and nearby towns. Know your zone and what to do if a hurricane is headed your way!
These zones are ranked by their danger of flooding from storm surge (with Zone 1 being the most likely to flood). In the event of a hurricane or coastal storm, residents in these zones may be ordered to evacuate.
If you live, work, or visit New York city often then take advantage of the free resources available on www.nyc.gov/knowyourzone
Take the following steps to prepare for Hurricane Season:
- Use NYC’s Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder or call 311 to find out whether your home or business is located in a hurricane evacuation zone.
- Understand hurricane hazards and the steps you can take to prepare.
- Sign up for Notify NYC (https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.
gov/notifynyc/). Get the latest emergency information via text, phone, email, fax, Twitter (@NotifyNYC), BlackBerry Messenger, and instant messenger.
- Ready New York Hurricane Guide: The guide contains instructions on how to develop a hurricane disaster plan and secure your home before a storm as well as a map of New York City hurricane evacuation zones. http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/
- follow New York City Office of Emercency Management on Twitter.
- follow thunderclap crowdsourcing on Twitter
- use hashtag #knowyourzone for topics related to Hurricane Season, zones, and information.