New York City is bracing for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, dubbed a “Frankenstorm” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Like the rest of our fellow New Yorkers, we have to prepare; but, as dog owners, we must pay particular attention to the well-being of our beloved pets!
The ASPCA offers a concise list of useful tips here: http://blog.aspca.org/content/how-prepare-your-pets-hurricane-sandy
This is from State Senator Liz Krueger:
As you know, we expect Hurricane Sandy to arrive in our region tonight through tomorrow, bringing severe storm conditions for up to several days. Our City and State government agencies are planning for the storm’s effects on power, transportation, and public services. Please remember, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will suspend subway, bus, and Metro-North Rail service at 7pm tonight. The text below contains information, contact numbers, and resources to help everyone prepare for this severe storm. Please make sure you’re prepared, and stay safe over the next several days.
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.
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 www.NYC.gov/hurricanezones, 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.
The following message is from the NYC Parks Department:
As you know, Hurricane Sandy will approach the mid-Atlantic coast later this weekend, and is now expected to make landfall sometime Monday. We want to share important information with you regarding the steps that the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has taken to prepare for the storm.
Important Parks Service Information Regarding Hurricane Sandy
In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, the Parks Department will close all parks, playgrounds and beaches at 5 p.m.on Sunday, October 28, 2012. All events are cancelled after 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Surfing is prohibited at all beaches throughout the course of the storm. These facilities are closed until further notice. For more information on the hurricane and ways to be prepared, please visit www.nyc.gov/severeweather.
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 call 311. In case of emergency, please call 911.
The following facilities are closed as of 5 p.m. Sunday, October 28. This information will be updated as it is available:
- All City Parks
- All City Playgrounds
- All City Beaches – Surfing is prohibited at all beaches throughout the course of the storm.
- All Recreation Centers
- All Nature Centers in parks
- Greenmarkets, citywide
All events are cancelled after 2 p.m. Sunday, October 28.
Larry Scott Blackmon, Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach