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Not to be alarmist, and by no means are we experts in hurricanes or big storms, but with one potentially hitting NYC, here are some resources for area residents. Obviously hurricanes are characterized by high winds, storm surge, flooding, power outages, tree and building damage, and can require evacuations.

  • National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov/
  • NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder: (type in any NYC address) http://gis.nyc.gov/oem/he/index.htm
  • Ready New York Hurricane Guide: General tips on how to prepare for any emergency, instructions on how to develop a hurricane disaster plan and secure your home before a storm, and a map of New York City hurricane evacuation zones. View it at http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/downloads/pdf/hurricane_brochure.pdf
  • Some basic supplies to stock up: Suggestions from the City include One gallon of drinking water per person per day, Nonperishable, ready-to-eat canned foods, can opener, First-aid kit, Flashlight, Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries, medicines you need, child care supplies, pet supplies, personal hygiene items, phone, some cash, etc
  • Contact and meeting place information for your household and a small regional map

It’s not a bad idea to be ready for whatever else can happen in NYC (power outages, quake, hurricane, or worse). Hopefully nothing happens, but personally I always have on hand a case of water, canned food, flashlights, radio, and a hand crank charger. This Duracell Powerpack looks pretty useful as well with ac outlets, usb outlet, radio, flashlight, but we have not tried it.

(You may be able to get similar at Home Depot on 23rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue).

It may seem like you could just pick these up at the corner store after anything happens, but having been here during prior situations, I can attest that the market shelves empty quickly during crisis. It’s so easy to be prepared in advance.

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