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Storm Preps: Latest Developments

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney at Seward Park High School.

Preparations for Hurricane Sandy are intensifying on the Lower East Side this afternoon.  A short time ago, we caught up with U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney who was checking out the set-up at Seward Park High School, this neighborhood’s official evacuation shelter.  Mayor Bloomberg, City Council member Margaret Chin and other officials will be holding a 4 p.m. news conference at the shelter.

Earlier today, the mayor ordered an evacuation by 7 p.m. of all residents in Zone A, which includes much of the LES’s waterfront area. Click here to see whether your home is in Zone A.  Subway service will begin shutting down at 7 this evening, and as you’ve probably hear, the New York public schools have canceled classes tomorrow.  Here’s a look at the tips being circulated by State Sen. Daniel Squadron:


If you live in Zone A:

Please plan on 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. For District-1 residents, your closest shelter is 350 Grand Street, Seward Park High School.

Pets are allowed in evacuation centers. Owners should bring proof of rabies vaccine, a carrier, and food.

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.

You must evacuate your home and be in shelter by 7 p.m. TONIGHT.

Elevators in these NYCHA developments will shut down at 7 p.m. TONIGHT


Whether you live in Zone A or not:

Subways will stop running at 7 p.m.  TONIGHT and buses will stop running at 9 p.m.  TONIGHT

If you require Access-a-Ride for transportation, make arrangements to be picked up by this afternoon by calling 877-337-2017.

All NYC public schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday.


If you live outside of Zone A:

Stay tuned to local television or radio news, or call 311, to find out if the city is evacuating other areas.

The NYC Office of Emergency Management has compiled important information on how to prepare for a hurricane, available in multiple languages.

Report service problems and power interruptions and view service restoration information on Con Ed’s website or by calling 1-800-752-6633.

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