It’s been 18 months since Hurricane Sandy. It was certainly a frightening experience for me and my family here in NJ suburbs, right outside of NYC. We were fortunate though, we only lost power, no flooding and school was closed for a few days – you can read about that here. On the news just this morning I saw stories of people in the New York City Tri-State area who are still trying to recover and rebuild.
After that experience The Hubs and I decided we needed to be ready for any type of storm — but especially a hurricane. With the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season starting in just a few short days on June 1 it’s a good time to prepare for the upcoming storm season. One of the most important things to be aware of during a storm and emergency message is what your zone is, so you know whether you and your family need to evacuate or not.
For folks in the NYC area, the Ad Council and the New York City of Office Emergency Management has launched the #KnowYourZone campaign to encourage New Yorkers to find out whether their home or where they work 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.
If you live, work, or even if you visit New York city often then you should definitely take advantage of the free resources available at www.nyc.gov/knowyourzone
Here are just a few of the resources available at the site 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/) to get the latest emergency information via text, phone, email, Twitter (@NotifyNYC), BlackBerry Messenger, and instant messenger.
- Ready New York Hurricane Guide: The guide has 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/html/ready/hurricane_guide.shtml
- Follow New York City Office of Emergency Management on Twitter.
- Use hashtag #knowyourzone for topics related to Hurricane Season, zones, and information.
For our friends that don’t like in the NYC area, there are still plenty of free online resources for you too to prepare for this year’s hurricane season. Ready.gov and the Red Cross had resources with great tips on how to secure your home and how to keep your family safe.
Don’t wait until it’s too late and the storm is upon you. You want to know this information and be ready BEFORE a storm!
So now it’s your turn to share. Will you be taking steps to prepare for hurricane season? What will you be doing?
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