Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mandatory Evacuation Issued for NYC Coastal Areas

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With Storm Near, 370,000 in City Get Evacuation Order

New York Times - August 26, 2011 - By James Barron

Mandatory Evacuation Issued for NYC Coastal Areas

Due to the approach of Hurricane Irene, the City has issued amandatory evacuation order for New Yorkers who live in the low-lying Zone “A” coastal areas in all five boroughs. This includes all parts of the Rockaways due to its exposure to the ocean. People should be out of these areas by 5PM on Saturday.

Residents who live in Zone A are strongly encouraged to stay with friends or family outside an evacuation zone. Evacuation Centers will be open Friday at 4 PM for residents who have no alternative shelter.

MTA service including subways, buses, and railroads will begin to shut down at noon tomorrow, so please prepare to evacuate immediately.

*Use the HURRICANE EVACUATION ZONE FINDER to find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone
*Due to unusually high traffic this site may be slow. Please be patient or download a map of the NYC hurricane evacuation zones (PDF)

* PLEASE NOTE: Evacuation Center Changes

  • The Evacuation Center marked on the NYC hurricane evacuation zone map as Aqueduct Racetrack, Rockaway Blvd. and 108th Street, Queens, is being replaced by John Adams High School, 101-01 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park, 11417.
  • The Evacuation Center marked on the NYC hurricane evacuation zone map as Christ the King H.S. has been moved to Grover Cleveland H.S. Check the zone finder or call 311 for updated information.
  • The Evacuation Center at JHS 57, 125 Stuyvesant Avenue, Brooklyn, is being closed. The center will be moved to PS26, 1010 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.
  • The Evacuation Center marked in the NYC hurricane evacuation zone map as HS of Graphic Communication Arts, 439 West 49 St., Manhattan, is being replaced byPark West High School, 525 West 50 St., Manhattan.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for NYC. Make sure youremergency supply kits and Go Bags are ready to go with supplies like water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, flashlights, a battery-operated radio, and extra batteries.

Learn more about hurricanes and NYC
Download Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City

News and Announcements

Read the latest press release (at

The MTA Bus and Subway system will begin an orderly system shut down at noon, Saturday, August 27. MTA urges customers to check frequently and to consider the impacts of this storm when making travel plans throughout the weekend.Depending on the effect of the storm, MTA service may or may not be restored in time for rush hour Monday morning. Check with your employers regarding business openings on Monday.

Beginning at noon on Saturday, August 27, JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia Airports will close for arriving domestic and international flights. These airports will remain open for departing flights pending further updates. Please check with your carrier before departing.

Commuter ferry services operated by the Economic Development Corporation will stop after Friday’s rush hour.

All New York City beaches are closed as of 6 PM on Friday, August 26. NYC Parks' recreation centers and outdoor swimming pools will be closed Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28, and will remain closed until further notice. Marinas run by the Parks Department will be closed starting 6 PM Saturday, and all customers will be required to leave. For more information on specific events and parks, visit the Park's Department website.

All work at construction sites in New York City is suspended as of 2 PM Saturday, August 27, to 7 AM Monday, August 29.

All CUNY campuses and offices will be closed on Saturday, August 27, and Sunday August 28. For more information, please check the individual campus websites or

City permits are being revoked for street fairs, block parties, and similar events on Sunday, and in Zone A – low-lying areas – on Saturday as well. Similar restrictions are being placed on outdoor TV and film permits.

Due to the weather advisories for this weekend, please call to make sure Workforce1 Career Center or NYC Business Solutions Centers are open before visiting on Monday, August 29.

Updates on big events in and around NYC

  • The Dave Matthews concert on Governors Island that was scheduled for Friday night will go ahead, but the concert scheduled for Saturday and Sunday nights are cancelled.
  • The Mets games for Saturday and Sunday have been cancelled.
  • Fans going to the Jets-Giants game Saturday over in New Jersey should know that MTA service will likely not be available to them. If they can get back to New York City, they won’t be able to get around because the buses and subways will not be running.

Taxis, livery cabs, and commuter vans will adopt a zone fare system Saturday morning at 9 AM. For details, read the TLC press release.

1 comment:

  1. So, 5pm ???? Our friend was threatened by violent PARK Captain and 3 other PEPs in BPC. IT WAS 2pm. WE REPORTED. WE have another complaint # on file. More witness interaction too. DISMANTLE this paid for unit!! Its a liability to all citizens and the city.