How to Weather Hurricane Irene in the City

Friday, August 26, 2011

To weather the hurricane safely this weekend, there are a number of steps you can take. Here’s what the Office of Emergency Management, the Hurricane Center and the Red Cross suggest:

• If you live in a high-rise building outside an evacuation zone, you should stay at or below the 10th floor, but still above any floors at risk for flooding. High-rise buildings are vulnerable to hurricane-force winds, particularly at the higher levels since wind speed tends to increase with height.

•    Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors.  George Contreras, a professor of emergency and disaster management at the Metropolitan College, told WNYC on Friday that people who live in high rise apartments should protect themselves from flying debris by taping their windows with an 'X.'

•    If you do not live in an evacuation zone, designate an interior room with no windows or external doors as a “Safe Room.”

•    Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings and keep them closed as much as possible so food will last longer if the power goes out.

•    Turn off any propane tanks and unplug small appliances.

•    Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

•    Fill your vehicle’s gas tank.

•    If you are going to an evacuation center, pack lightly and bring your Go Bag, sleeping bag or bedding, and required medical supplies and equipment.


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Comments [11]

jorge from WHITTIER CA.

My daughter and me was in new york on august 22nd to august 26th 2011,so she taking a shower when the earthquake pass on august 23rd,and she's a little scary she's 15 years old'so when we return home to LA CALIF.the hurricane IRENE Being in NEW YORK. GOD BLESS AMERICA

Dec. 04 2011 03:06 AM
Robert Smith from Queens Village New York.

To whom it may concern(8/28/2011).
Dear fox 5 news.
I want you to let me know through televisi-
on. About how the residents living in the Rockaways in Queens New York. Are cop
ing with the aftermath from hurricane Irene.
Because of the recent fact it's struct all 5
boroughs. Closing down the New York citi
es transit system. Which i experienced in
my 1st 45 years living in New York City.

Aug. 28 2011 12:55 PM
GracieLou from Brooklyn

Pastor Kelly,

Re: Am I pleasing to Jesus? Gross! That's like trying to be sexy for a ghost. And then I have to wash myself in his blood? Chances are he's not going to find me very attractive doused in blood, because just last week I shaved my legs with a new razor, and gave myself a big gash that just gushed blood. My husband was totally not pleased by this. Any sane man would probably be turned off by a woman dripping with blood. You're kind of making Jesus sound like a weirdo. Does he know you're talking about him like this?

p.s.- If you like Sam Rockwell, you're going to love Moon.

Aug. 27 2011 10:19 AM
gina from brooklyn

thnx!!! most useful..Have a safe Hurricane trip! & take care of your neighbors!

Aug. 27 2011 07:52 AM
Megan from Manhattan

Thank you so much for the article, although it seems more appropriate for suburban residents.

There is a problem in NYC preparedness I think would be prudent to address.

People are putting their trash out by the curbs, including old furniture. A neighbor has a futon sitting by the curb; another, a chair and old dresser. All up and down our streets, the story is the same, extending to glass recycling. All unsecured trash, but most especially the old furniture, poses a very serious hazard to cars, property. Most importantly, this trash may cause serious human injury once the winds kick up.

Does anyone know the status of garbage collection?.

Aug. 26 2011 11:42 PM
Rosemary Peppercorn from North Carolina

Taping ANYTHING on a window DOES NOT WORK!!! Just keep away from windows during the hurricane!!!

Don't keep pushing that old MYTH!

You should also pre-grind your coffee! Do your laundry! Wash your dishes! Take a shower, wash your hair! If your electricity goes out, you can't do all those things!

Aug. 26 2011 08:48 PM
Jolanta Benal from Windsor Terrace

I wish you had included information about how to protect pets in the event of evacuation. Here's an article, with links at the bottom to further information.

Aug. 26 2011 07:40 PM

Ricky thanx for the info, most useful thing I have read all day.

Aug. 26 2011 06:23 PM

Pastor Kelly,

Re: preparing for the coming of Jesus. I already bought lots of bagels and cream cheese, and have flashlights loaded with fresh batteries. What else should I do? Any movie recommendations in the event the Lord should look upon us favorably and allow us to have a few good hours of Netflix? Love anything with Sam Rockwell.

Aug. 26 2011 04:54 PM
iSkyscraper from New York, NY

These precautions are all meant for suburbanites and not for actual New Yorkers. They make no sense:

Stay below the 10th floor? Doesn't that mean that a million or so New Yorkers should evacuate rather than cower in the 2nd floor hallway of their building? Either seriously scream that comment and evacuate the whole town or stop scaring people, because that is not a light comment.

As for windows, there are about 0 storm shutters in this town, so good work on that one. And giant curtain wall glass in modern apts will blow off the building no matter what you tape to it.

Finally, New York has a gravity-driven water supply that predates electricity. Anyone in a lowrise building (under 6 stories) will have fresh water no matter what happens. The bathtub thing only applies to building that pump their water up to a tank on the roof.

Aug. 26 2011 03:58 PM
joseph lafleur from Lafayette Louisiana

Taping your window with an X is an urban myth. Going through numerous hurricanes and tropical storms in south Louisiana over the past 25 years, no amount of tape will reduce glass breakage if projectiles driven by the wind hit the window. The tape will do absolutely nothing other than create a mess to take off after the storm.

The only way to do it is placing a plywood sheet over the window or storm shudders.

The other recommendations are good. Fill the bathtub so you will have water to flush the toilets if the power goes out (and it probably will). Invest in a camping stove with fuel (propane or liquid fuel) such as a Coleman stove.

Also, wash all of your laundry and dishes and have plenty of batteries for the flashlights. For children at night, the green glow sticks found at Home Depot and Lowes are great. Buy a dozen or two.

Lastly, don't believe all of the crap that the media is putting on the air. 99% of it is for dramatic effect.

Good Luck

Ricky, Lafayette Louisiana.

Aug. 26 2011 02:42 PM

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