The Office of Emergency Management has now posted some better maps on Facebook showing Lower Manhattan’s evacuation zones. Mayor Bloomberg has ordered a mandatory evacuation of Zone A by 5 p.m. tomorrow, due to Hurricane Irene. This includes sections of the waterfront on the Lower East Side.
State Senator Daniel Squadron (whose staff has been quite busy on twitter and email today) passed along these advisories for residents of Zone A:
- Please plan on immediately going to stay with friends or family outside of Zone A.
- If you have nowhere else to go, there are evacuation centers throughout the city (on the LES, Seward park HS is the designated location). Pets are allowed in evacuation centers. Owners are urged to bring proof of rabies vaccines and a carrier.
- Take a “go bag” with emergency items, including an extra set of house and car keys, credit and ATM cards as well as cash, bottled water and nonperishable foods, a flashlight, battery-operated radio, first aid kit and copies of important documents (photo ID, proof of address, insurance cards) in a waterproof portable container.
If you’re not sure whether your home is located in Zone A, you can use this online tool on OEM’s web site (providing you can access the web site).