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The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) recommends: 

Establishing an evacuation plan.

Stocking up on supplies such as water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, flashlights, a battery-operated radio, and extra batteries.

Staying well informed of the latest conditions. 

A guide for preparing a Go Bag can be found by visiting the OEM website for more information:

According to the NYC Hurricane Readiness Guide, here are the steps you should take to be prepared for a serious storm:

Have a Plan

Make sure your preparedness plan addresses how your special needs affect your ability to evacuate, shelter in place, and communicate with emergency workers. Arrange help from friends, family, or neighbors if you will need assistance with evacuation. Allow additional time and consider your transportation needs.

If You Have Pets

Make sure your disaster plan addresses what you will do with your pet if a hurricane requires you to leave your home.If you cannot shelter your pet at a kennel or with friends or relatives outside the evacuation area, pets are allowed at all City shelters. Please bring supplies to care for your pet, including food, leashes, a cage, and medication.

If You Live In a Basement

Basement apartment residents may face additional risks from hurricanes even if they live outside evacuation zone boundaries. Many areas of the city can experience rainfall flooding. If you live in a basement apartment, be prepared to take shelter above ground.

If You Live in a High-Rise Building

If you live in a high-rise building located in an evacuation zone, follow evacuation orders. If you live in a high-rise building, especially on the 10th floor or above, stay away from windows in case they break or shatter. Or, move to a lower floor.

Prepare a Disaster Plan

Develop a plan with your household members that outlines what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes New York.

Determine Whether You Live in an Evacuation Zone

Areas of the city subject to storm surge flooding are divided into three zones based on how storms of different strengths will affect them. Residents Zone A are currently under a mandatory evacuation order. Most East Side areas within the 26th District are not in Zone A, but parts of Downtown Manhattan and the West Side are. Use the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder at, call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115), or consult the map provided in this brochure to find out if your address is located in an evacuation zone.

If you find yourself in an emergency do not hesitate to call 911. If you need more information, please call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115).

During the storm, we urge people to stay out of parks and proceed with caution on tree-lined sidewalks in the event of falling trees or branches. To report downed trees or branches, please contact 311.

Additional Important Numbers:


Heat and Hot Water Problems: Call 311.

For additional information, visit the "Heat and Hot Water" page of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development WEBSITE.

Con Edison: In case of emergency, call 1-800-752-6633. To report

Keyspan: In case of emergency, call1-718-643-4050.

Red Cross: In case of emergency, call 1-212-787-1000.

Insurance Resources 

FEMA: 1-888-379-9531 

New York State Department of Insurance: 212-480-6400 or WEBSITE.


New York City Transit WEBSITE.

For the latest updates on the storm, New Yorkers can: 

Visit the NYC Severe Weather site on, and sign up for notifications from Notify NYC.

 Photo Courtesy Of: MTA