Evacuation Zones NYC
August 27, 2011 by staff
Evacuation Zones NYC, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the mandatory evacuation of some flood-prone areas in the five counties in a press conference Friday afternoon – the first time the city issued the order.
“No one will be fined or go to jail, but if you miss this, people could die,” he said, underscoring the serious threat posed by Hurricane Irene.
Residents are required to be out of their homes if they live in what is known as “Area A” by 5 pm on Saturday, the mayor said. He also said that all residents of the Rockaways, regardless of whether they live in area A or not, are forced to evacuate their homes as well.
The only area includes some areas of Broad Channel Queens, part of the Rockaways and parts of Long Island City.
Until 4 pm on Friday, the city opened 91 emergency shelters in five counties, which could accommodate about 71,000 people, the mayor and his aide said. The centers will be equipped with the municipal employees and emergency provisions have on hand.
The city will begin the closure of public transportation at noon on Saturday, he said Bloomberg, and all services will eventually stopped at the city’s subway, buses, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North.
MTA Chairman Jay Walder said the shutdown would take place so that the MTA can store equipment safely. Many storage facilities are located in areas prone to flooding, and the equipment is stored on tracks normally used in daily operations.
The three entities that control the bridge between the municipalities and out of town each make independent decisions when the hurricane approaches.
The MTA, the Port Authority and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority all begin to consider the imposition of speed limits, slow down and ultimately, bridge closures, if the winds exceed 40 mph, said Bloomberg.
The city had already evacuated senior centers and residents with serious illnesses Zone and areas yesterday.
However, the mayor urged residents living in Zone areas not to wait until the last minute to make arrangements.
“We must make preparations to leave now,” he said. “Tomorrow we will have the advantage of public transport to help you,” he said.
Walder also told residents not to wait until the last train, as the system will not be able to handle all they need to move at the last minute.
Website of the city could not handle all the traffic built up on it on Thursday and Friday, according to the mayor.
The site crashed several times and dragged along on Friday evening, even after the mayor said of the traffic had been diverted to other servers.
The city has also begun to evacuate to shelters and foster care homes in the five boroughs. Some of the displaced persons will be sent to El Camino Inn in Jamaica.
He said the National Weather Service has predicted that the storm could hit New York as a Category 1 storm, although the best would turn east and parts of the city the worst of the rain and wind.
The police will operate in areas in their cars with loudspeakers, urge residents to seek safety.
The evacuation center marked on the map of hurricane evacuation Aqueduct Racecourse in Rockaway Boulevard and 108th Street was replaced by John Adams High School, 101-01 Rockaway Boulevard. In Ozone Park, the city said.
The evacuation in the Cristo Rey High School, at 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue. Was transferred to Grover Cleveland High School, 21-27 Himrod St Andrew Cuomo officially declared state of emergency Thursday afternoon in anticipation of the storm that has unleashed havoc in Caribbean and approached the Outer Banks Carolina North Friday afternoon.
The state of emergency allows the state to “use state resources to help local governments more efficiently and quickly, allowing the State to activate the National Emergency Management Assistance Compact to bring resources from outside the state, and allows New York key to access federal resources earlier in anticipation of an emergency, “according to the governor.
In Jamaica on Friday afternoon, the big trucks and National Guard refueling at a gas station.
DEP teams started cleaning catch basins Thursday afternoon in the lowlands southeast Queens, which is prone to flooding, to ensure it can handle the rain, when Irene was expected to make landfall in the area New York sometime Sunday. Besides cleaning storm sewer, the mayor said that 15 evacuation centers by the hurricane will be kept confidential in Queens to handle any emergency.
Con Edison is a reminding customer to be on high alert if the storm comes to town and the owners has flashlights, batteries, radios and other supplies. Customers should call 1-800-752-6633, if possible, to report power outages.
Http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/ready/hurricane_guide.shtml Log on for more information on the preparation of the city from hurricanes and the location of evacuation centers.
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