Look | NYC Evacuation Zones

Friday, August 26, 2011


New York City's hurricane contingency plans are based on three evacuation zones: Zone A, Zone B and Zone C. The threat of flooding in these areas are different. To find out if you live in one of these zones, look at our map.


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Comments [37]


That's a nice map, people will drown while they're trying to drag and zoom. Mayhaps, designed by the mayor's Citytime buddies?

Oct. 29 2012 08:44 AM
mandy from richmond hill

my STUPID uncle wont leave his house in breezy point (zone a)and who names a hurricane sandy what is it going to hit the bikini bottom?!?!?!

Oct. 28 2012 07:41 PM


Oct. 28 2012 04:22 PM

I can NOT tell if 1 Front Street is in Zone A??? Can anyone please confirm!?!

Oct. 28 2012 01:34 PM

It took half day of talks, explanations and persuasion to evacuate my friend's stubborn babushka from zone A. -- Done now!

Aug. 27 2011 10:52 PM
Fahim from 10462


Aug. 27 2011 06:18 PM

Thanks WNYC for the map and all the Irene coverage! Invaluable.

Aug. 27 2011 12:47 PM

So, is there a number the elderly or disabled can call if they need assistance evacuating? And has the National Guard been called out to assist with that? If so, it should be publicized. if not, it should be done.

Aug. 27 2011 12:35 PM
joe from south beach, staten island

like somebody else here, my mom is on a zone border, but its a transition from zone a to zone c, just across the street.

so, from the worst to flooding only in a cat 3 or 4 on a direct hit, and its not uphill across the street. so, should she evacuate? what would you do?

Aug. 27 2011 11:29 AM
Kevin from Brooklyn

i live in a zone B in bkyln, is it neecessary to evacutae or i can just stay?

Aug. 27 2011 11:22 AM
Brandon from Brooklyn, Zone B

Zone B, but if I cross the street it becomes Zone C, lol.

Aug. 27 2011 11:08 AM
jj from bronx

i live in zone c(west side of bronx) kind of shaded with zone b.......only evacutions needed for zone A??? should i go anyway??

Aug. 27 2011 06:36 AM
klh from Zone C, the Village

one would think listeners could read too -
first - the map says NYC evacuation zones -Wchester and NJ are not part of NYC.

second -These evacuation zones have been ordered by the Mayor of NYC - Mr Bloomberg has no authority to order evacuations in Westchester or NJ

lastly - thanks WNYC - while it is the new entitlement mentality that anyone who helps a little has to be berated for not fulfilling every entitlement wish - you did a good service and gosh, those that are missing their wish list items will just have to google a little bit harder all on their own.

Aug. 27 2011 04:49 AM
Sonia from Harlem

WNYC, what would I do without you? Many thanks for the map - I'm in ZoneB. All the best to all those in the danger zone.

Aug. 27 2011 01:03 AM
Deb Schiffman from New York New York

Thank you WNYC.... So glad to learn I am across the street from being in Zone A....... Have been a sustaining member for years.... The Hurricane help just one more reason it's my pleasure to be that. Thank you again :)

Aug. 26 2011 10:32 PM
Joe from Queens Village

Just great...
Its all global warmin, Im tellin ye!

Aug. 26 2011 10:08 PM
sue Hochman

Is there a mandatory evacuation of Long Beach, N.Y.?

Aug. 26 2011 09:50 PM
liza from Far Rockaway

I've heard that homebound elderly are being transported, anyone know how I can have that arranged?? I've called 311 but it's busy and the elderly lives right by the beach.

Aug. 26 2011 08:16 PM

Only 2 evacuation centers for all of lower Manhattan!? Good luck with that.

Aug. 26 2011 07:21 PM
Liz Wheeler from Staten Island, Zone A

Why, when the entire island has a zone A border, is Staten Island never mentioned in the boroughs that could be affected by Irene?

Aug. 26 2011 06:09 PM
NYCYN from Stuyvesant Town

Zone B (barely) floor space for rent. Depending on Height, Weight and Girth. Extra for dogs. No pitt bulls.

Aug. 26 2011 04:45 PM
Anon from NYC

Ummmmmm, rude.

Aug. 26 2011 04:17 PM
Robert from NYC

dallas: I don't think the colorblind should be excluded from being able to read evacuation maps.

Aug. 26 2011 04:13 PM
Robert from NYC

Thanks for the map. But sorry to see that the Key covers sections of the city.

Aug. 26 2011 04:11 PM

are you all color blind?! It is pretty clear that they are different colors.

Aug. 26 2011 04:07 PM
joy from seaport

altho I know what zone I live in, zone c-- thank goodness not in zone a-- however, I agree with others commenting about the color coding system. two of the colors are so close in color, it is hard to discern which is which. Perhaps this could be improved next time. Hopefully there won't be a next time, but one never knows. Stay safe to all... no matter what zone you live.

Aug. 26 2011 03:59 PM
Maryann from Bronx, New York

You are not nuts - the color coding choices are terrible!

Aug. 26 2011 03:58 PM

... if you separate out the the yellow or 'orange" and try to compare it to the key, it's hard to determine where the hell you fall!

Maybe I'm nutz!!

Aug. 26 2011 03:23 PM

Someone help me out, here!

Why would you design this thing with similar colors??

The difference between, "Get the Hell Outta Dodge" and "Have Another Beer" is barely perceptible!!!


Aug. 26 2011 03:12 PM
Chad from Brooklyn, NY


Because this is an NYC Map made by New York City public radio.

Aug. 26 2011 03:10 PM

How come New Jersey is not included in this map?

Aug. 26 2011 02:57 PM


Aug. 26 2011 02:20 PM
Cheryl from Staten Island

Well done, WNYC. Thank you for posting the evacuation zone map. The NYC.GOV site is swamped, so having additional sources is great.

Now, can you post tips on the cheapest place to buy a canoe? or a gondola?

Aug. 26 2011 02:17 PM
Gator Toes from Manhattan

I hope Chelsea/Manhattan will not be flooded. I love to get back and work on Monday!

Aug. 26 2011 02:15 PM
Josh D. from Larchmont, NY

I hope that Westchester (Larchmont) DOES NOT get affected. I do not want to get out of my house and evacuate

Aug. 26 2011 12:49 PM
Iggy Blume from White Plains, NY

Great map. But am I to assume that your listening area doesn't extend beyond the 5 boros? Extend the map to Westechester, Long Island and New Jersey! The hurricane's going to affect those places too!

Aug. 26 2011 11:31 AM
Angrynomist from Man Hating NYC

Is the UES in danger? Manhate'in East 85th Street and 1st et 2d Avenbue? ;-)

Aug. 26 2011 10:35 AM

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