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Know Where to Go: A Hurricane Evacuation Guide

Mayor Bloomberg expected to make decision for low-lying areas Friday, but emergency officials say it pays to be prepared.

It's been decades since a hurricane made a direct hit on New York City. So even longtime Brooklyn residents may not know what to do in the event that  severely impacts our area.

With the help of the city Office of Emergency Management, here's a list of tips to keep you and your family safe:

1. Know Your Zone. All of New York City has been divided into four areas ranging from those at highest risk of flooding, "Zone A," to those with little risk, called "No Zone." To find your zone, click here.

2. Know Your Closest Evacuation Center (Just In Case). For a map of the closest evacuation center, click here. In Brooklyn, centers include in Fort Greene,  in Park Slope and I.S. 117 in Bed-Stuy. 

3. Know What to Stock Up On. City OEM recommends packing a 'Go' Bag with items such as a first aid kit, flashlight and bottled water to last up to three days in case of severe impacts from Hurricane Irene. 

4. Know That This Storm Means Business. Even in the event that Hurricane Irene misses New York, city beaches will still be a dangerous place for swimmers. As Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in today's press conference at City Hall, don't go swimming if there isn’t a lifeguard present and don’t swim at closed beaches.

5. Know That We're All In This Together. This is a chance for Brooklynites to do what they do best: Help each other out. If you have an elderly, sick or disabled neighbor, be sure to check in and see how they're faring—before, during and after the storm.

Mel Sims August 26, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Thanks for the tips! Good stuff.
Eunice L. Carr October 28, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Where do we suppose to go if we have to evacuate? Baltimore, city 21213
Paul Leonard October 28, 2012 at 01:24 PM
This map is for New York City residents. For a map of flood zones in Baltimore City, check this out: http://bit.ly/UUML2Q Stay safe.

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