Hurricane Sandy was devastating in this region–some areas near me are still rebuilding. We lost so much but we also saw the strength of our communities.
After years of near-misses, this catastrophe drove home the need for hurricane preparedness in the New York metro area.
The Ad Council and the New York City Office of Emergency Management want New Yorkers to “Know Your Zone” in anticipation of the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1st as part of Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 25-31st).
Although my family lives outside of the New York City limits, my husband helped coordinate the National Guard efforts to manage the emergency shelters in the city. If you live or work in New York City:
- 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.
The Ready New York Hurricane Guide also 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.
By taking these steps and sharing them with friends and family, you can help reduce the risks of damage and loss of life if a hurricane strikes the New York area.