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It is hard to believe that areas of New York and New Jersey are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy nearly two years afterwards. It is a night that many of us on the east coast will never forget. Having grown up in New York, it was hard to watch on social media as longtime friends were without power for weeks after the storm. Many spent a long time afterwards fixing damage to their homes.
Now, the Ad Council and the New York City Office of Emergency Management’s Know Your Zone campaign would like to encourage New Yorkers and those who may be visiting the area to prepare for the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Do you know whether your home or business site 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, people in these zones may be ordered to evacuate.
There are free resources or those who live in the area or may be visiting available at www.nyc.gov/knowyourzone. Know Your Zone has information about the six hurricane evacuation zones, the hazards you may face from a hurricane and what you can do to prepare.You can also 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. Sign up for Notify NYC (https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/). Get the latest emergency information via text, phone, email, fax, Twitter (@NotifyNYC),
Whether you live in New York or not, you can get great information on developing a hurricane disaster plan and securing your home before a storm at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/ready/hurricane_guide.shtml.