It’s official. Zone A has been put under a MANDATORY EVACUATION according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. As of tonight storm surge in the city is estimated to be between 6 and 11 feet during high tide. It’s pretty serious and I hope that all my family and friends are preparing for this storm, #Sandy.
Here are a tips offered by NYC Government:
Protecting Yourself and Your Property
- Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least three days without help or emergency services. Prepare a Go Bag and an Emergency Supply Kit. Assume that many of the streets and stores in your neighborhood will be closed. A watch may be followed bydisruptions to electricity, gas, water or telephone service.
- Check on friends, relatives and neighbors, especially those with disabilities or special needs and assist them with their preparation, if possible. Contact family members outside your household to coordinate and inform each other about preparations. Avoid separating your immediate family. Consider developing a disaster plan.
- Bring inside loose, lightweight objects, such as lawn furniture, garbage cans, garden tools and toys. Anchor objects that will be unsafe to bring inside, like gas grills or propane tanks. Turn off propane tanks.
- If you own a vehicle, fill your gas tank. If you own a boat, moor or move it to a safe place well before the storm causes maritime conditions to deteriorate. If you own a mobile home/trailer, tie it down securely.
- Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors.
- Place valuables into waterproof containers or plastic bags.
- Take out extra cash.
Prepare for Water and Sewer Disruptions
- To keep perishable food cold, freeze water in plastic jugs and use in freezer or coolers. Fill up other emergency water containers.
- Clean jugs, bottles and other containers. Scrub bathtubs thoroughly, sponge and swab with regular, unscented liquid chlorine bleach, then rinse. Let the tub and other containers dry. Fill with water.
- If you have a pool, do not drain it completely. Instead, drop the level by one or two feet. Submerge outdoor furniture and pool equipment in the pool. Turn off electricity to pool pump. Add extra chlorine to compensate for heavy rains.
- Keep five-gallon buckets with tight-fitting lids for use as emergency toilets. Line each bucket with a heavy-duty plastic trash bag
Prepare for Power Disruptions
- Do not use candles or kerosene lamps as light sources, as they can pose a fire hazard. Instead, keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries on hand.
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary, then close quickly.
- In the event that you need to evacuate your home, unplug appliances to prevent damage in case of an electrical power surge.
- Authorities will instruct you if you should turn off utilities.