I live in a lovely suburb of Philadelphia (go Eagles!), but my work brings me to New York City and northern New Jersey a lot. I love visiting this bustling city and all of the sights and sounds that can only be found in NYC. Over the past few years, we have all watched as New York City and northern New Jersey have felt the impact of some of the crazy weather patterns we all have experienced on the East Coast. I was rocked by how Hurricane Irene devestated the Jersey Shore (you can read my posts here and here). And we all watched in horror when Superstorm Sandy wrecked so many parts of our beloved New York City.
Did you know this week is Hurricane Preparedness week? And on behalf of the city I travel to so often, I am proud to help spread the word about Know Your Zone with Ad Council and the New York City Office of Emergency Management. New Yorkers need to be prepared, and with the start of Hurricane Season this weekend (June 1) it is the perfect time to take a look at the free information and resources these organizations have prepared for the public.
First, if you are NYC resident, find out if your home or business is located in one of NYC’s six hurricane evacuation zones. 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. Know Your Zone has information about the six hurricane evacuation zones, the hazards you may face from a hurricane and what to do to prepare.
Next, 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.
- Read the 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.
- Use hashtag #knowyourzone for topics related to Hurricane Season, zones, and information.
Be prepared and let's all be SAFE this Hurricane Season!