Hurricane Irene Is Coming: Are You Covered for Flood Damage? – DailyFinance




Hurricane season comes every year, and more than four out of every five natural disasters nationwide involve flooding. Yet according to the Insurance Information Institute, less than a fifth of U.S. homeowners have a flood insurance policy that protects their property and personal belongings.


Hurricane Irene Is Coming: Are You Covered for Flood Damage? – DailyFinance.

Mayor weighs NYC evacuations before Irene | Crain’s New York Business




Bloomberg) – New York officials preparing for Hurricane Irene this weekend will decide Friday whether to call for the evacuation of low-lying areas in downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

The decision would be based on the strength, path and speed of the storm, Mr. Bloomberg told reporters Thursday at a news conference in a flood-prone section of Queens. The city would offer “an enormous shelter system” for those without a place to stay on higher ground, he said.

“We don’t have enough information yet to make that call,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “The timing is a bit up in the air, as it is with all these things. Sometime on Friday, late in the day. How many depends on how severe we think the storm is going to be.”

Officials must decide whether to suggest or order people to seek higher ground, Mr. Bloomberg said. The mayor has the power to issue an executive order forcing evacuation, which Mr. Bloomberg said he would use only in the “worst circumstances.”

The heightening concern over the approaching storm and the quickening pace of preparations became evident at Thursday morning when Mr. Bloomberg summoned the city’s elected officials as well as its state legislative delegation to City Hall for a briefing with police and emergency-management officials.

Irene, the strongest Atlantic storm to threaten the U.S. since 2005, battered the Bahamas Thursday with 113 mph winds on a course that’s expected to take it near North Carolina this weekend and toward New England next week. Only five hurricanes on record dating to 1851 have tracked within 75 miles of New York City, the most recent being Gloria in 1985, according to the National Weather Service.

City officials are planning for a storm on Aug. 28 with winds of at least 60 miles per hour accompanied by heavy rain, the mayor said. They currently expect the brunt of the storm to cross mid-Long Island, on the border of Nassau and Suffolk counties, to the east of the city.

He advised residents to prepare “go-bags” containing water, non-perishable food, medications, important papers and extra house and car keys in the event officials declare the storm dangerous enough to evacuate. The areas affected include lower Manhattan, southeast Queens, Brooklyn’s beach communities, such as Coney Island, and coastal areas of Staten Island, Mr. Bloomberg said.

The Police Department has 50 small boats to use in the event of floods. Sanitation crews are cleaning leaves and refuse from storm sewers and (moving equipment to higher ground. Hospitals have checked their emergency power generators, stocks of medicine and other supplies


Mayor weighs NYC evacuations before Irene | Crain’s New York Business.

Ready New York: Hurricane Guide


Contrary to popular belief among many New Yorkers, coastal storms, including hurricanes, can and do impact the City. Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City includes 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.

Click the links below to download the text and map in 11 languages.

Ready New York



Emergency Contact Card

Emergency Contact Card

Tell everyone in the household where emergency contact information is kept. Make copies for each member of the family to carry with them. Be sure to include an out-of-town contact. It may be easier to call out of the area if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service.

Tell your children how and when to call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for help. Post emergency telephone numbers by phones.

Complete the information on the Emergency Contact Card and make copies for each member of your family to carry with them.

Download an American Red Cross Emergency Contact Card.



Hurricane Irene: Major Northeast Threats

It’s not every day you see a hurricane forecast cone pointed into the Northeast.

In fact, the concern among meteorologists is high. National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read: “We are very concerned with what’s going to happen in New England. The benchmark is the 1938 hurricane. I am very concerned with what will happen there.

The potential is real for the strongest hurricane hit on the Northeast in at least a couple decades this weekend!

Hurricane Irene: Major Northeast Threats.