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Mandatory Evacuation Issued for NYC Coastal Areas

August 26, 2011

Due to the approach of Hurricane Irene, the City has issued a mandatory 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)

*NOTE: The Evacuation Center marked in the hurricane evacuation zone map as Aqueduct Racetrack, Rockaway Blvd. & 108th Street in Queens is being replaced by John Adams High School, 101-01 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park, 11417.

*NOTE: The Evacuation Center marked in 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.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for NYC. Make sure your emergency 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

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.

All work at construction sites in New York City is suspended as of 2 PM Saturday, August 27, to 7 AM Monday, August 29, due to the severe weather conditions expected from Hurricane Irene

All filming permits that have been issued for Sunday, August 28, 2011 are revoked. Additionally, for Saturday, August 27, filming permits for activity scheduled to take place in a “Zone A” low-lying area (will link to map) are also revoked. Saturday events not taking place in a “Zone A” are required to cease all activity by 2pm to enable time for event load-out no later than 3pm.

The Mayor's Office has cancelled all City permits for outdoor events on Sunday, August 28, due to the severe weather conditions expected from Hurricane Irene.

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.