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Hurricane Evacuation Details

By Alexandra Glorioso
If you live in the orange area of this map, you are zone A.
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Mayor Bloomberg is asking residents living in Zone A to evacuate to higher ground and stay with relatives or friends outside of the hurricane evacuation zone. Zone A includes DUMBO, Red Hook and Gowanus, as well as Greenpoint and Coney Island. Check our map above or search your address on an NYC interactive.

If you live above the tenth floor, you should probably also evacuate, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

You need to prepare for your evacuation. Mayor Bloomberg has issued a mandatory evacuation for all Zone A hospitals and elderly homes. He is urging other Zone A residents to begin their evacuation, and will decide by 8 a.m. on Saturday morning whether to generally evacuate all low-lying areas. Mass transit cannot handle winds above 39 mph, so there is a very good chance that all of MTA will be shut down on Saturday. Click here for New York City’s full hurricane be-ready plan. 

If you live in an evacuation zone, make sure to follow this basic plan:

  1. Prepare a Disaster Plan: Develop a plan with your household member that outlines what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes New York. If you rent your home, renter’s insurance will insure the items inside your apartment. If you are a homeowner make sure your home is properly insured – flood and wind damage are not covered in a basic homeowner’s policy.
  2. Know Where You Will Go: The City strongly recommends evacuees stay with friends or family who live outside evacuation zone boundaries. For those who have no other shelter, the City will open hurricane shelters throughout the five boroughs. To ensure the efficient use of resources, the City will ask all evacuees to report an evacuation center. Take a look at our map. South Brooklyn’s three evacuation centers are NYC Technical College (300 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn), Brooklyn Tech High School (29 Forte Green Place, Forte Green), and John Jay High School (237 Seventh Ave, Park Slope). Once at the evacuation center, evacuees will either be assigned to a hurricane shelter in the same facility or transported to an associated hurricane shelter by bus. The find the location of your evacuation center, use the Hurricane Zone Finder at Call 311 (TTY:212-504-4115).
  3. Keep a Go Bag Ready: Every household member should have a small Go Bag – a collection of items you may need during an evacuation packed in an easy-to-carry container such as a backpack. A Go Bag should be easily accessible. See the lists below for what your Go Bag and Emergency Supply Kit should include.
  4. Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit: You may be instructed to shelter in place (stay at home) during a hurricane. Keep enough supplies in your home to survive for at least three days.

Go Bag:

  1. Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc).
  2. Extra set of car and house keys
  3. Copies of credit/ATM cards and $50-$100 cash in small denominations
  4. Bottle Water and nonperishable food such as energy or granola bars
  5. Flashlight
  6. Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries
  7. Up-to-date medication information and other essential personal items. Keep a list of the medications each member of you household takes, why they take them, and their dosages. Also include all doctors’ names and phone numbers.
  8. First aid kit
  9. Contact and meeting place information for your household and a small regional amp
  10. Child care supplies or other special care items.

Emergency Supply Kit:

  1. One gallon of drinking water per person per day
  2. Nonperishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener
  3. First-aid kit
  4. Flashlight
  5. Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries
  6. Whistle
  7. Iodine tablets or one quart of unscented bleach (for disinfecting water ONLY if directed to do so by health officials) and eyedropper (for adding bleach to water)
  8. Personal hygiene items: soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  9. Phone that does not rely on electricity
  10. Child care supplies or other special care items

For all other South Brooklynites who do not live in an evacuation zone: assemble your emergency supply kits. All areas of the city are at risk for power outages, flash flooding, and heavy winds. It is important to be prepared. Zones mostly relate to storm surges: high waves due to the hurricane gathering force along the coast.

If you live in a high-rise apartment building, keep aware of evacuation order. If you are in an evacuation zone, be prepared to leave. If you are not in an evacuation zone, be prepared to take shelter below the 10th floor. For more information on evacuation tips, plans, and how to protect your property click here.

More South Brooklyn Stories on Hurricane Irene:

Bloomberg Evacuates Low-Lying Brooklyn

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?


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Readers' Comments

August 28, 2011
1:49 AM


I am at 526 3rd Ave in a first floor apartment pre-war building. we are right at the edge of Zone C. Do I need to evacuate? I have a friends place to go to at 8th Ave, 8th Street.


damien matthews
August 27, 2011
7:06 PM

i live in wyckoff gardens 130 3rd ave between warren st and baltic st am i at risk?

Paris Williams
August 27, 2011
5:08 PM

my mother in crown heights , on president and Rogers is there any flood warning ?

August 27, 2011
4:36 PM

My kids live in the bushwick area , I would like to know if they need to evacuate

Linda Goad
August 27, 2011
3:12 PM

My daughter lives in Red Hook New York On Columbia Ave will they have to evacuate She has a special needs daughter and teenage son and a husband with medical problems I am very very concerned about all of them. They are well prepared. Thanks From A Worried Mother

    Lisa M. Collins
    August 27, 2011
    3:35 PM

    Yes they should evacuate. Columbia Street in Red Hook is a mandatory evacuation zone… it is mandatory that they leave.
    All the best,

Himel Ahmed
August 27, 2011
11:18 AM

my sisters family lives in 8012 3rd Avenue,3rd fl,brooklyn,N.Y.11209. I would like to know should they leave?

    Lisa M. Collins
    August 27, 2011
    12:22 PM

    Himel, That address is NOT in the evacuation zone. So your sister’s family does not have to leave. Sorry for delay.

Franky Li
August 27, 2011
10:04 AM

Hi, I’m not an adult, but I’m still worried. I live in Brooklyn, New York, and right by the sea, (Ceasar’s Bay), please let me know if I’m in danger.
I’ve posted this in so many links, and got no response, I saw that he poeple here got responses, please help me?

    Alexandra Glorioso
    August 27, 2011
    1:23 PM


    This is a mandatory evacuation zone. Do you live with your parents? You need to leave the area as soon as possible. I’m sorry for the delayed response.


August 27, 2011
9:06 AM

What about 8th street btwn 2nd and 3rd in park slope? I have friends in that area. Thanks you.

August 26, 2011
5:30 PM

I live in Forte Greene bk…..343 s gold st in a high-rise. Should i leave?

August 26, 2011
4:20 PM

my mother lives in the red hook project area, i would like to know if she should leave?

    Lisa M. Collins
    August 26, 2011
    4:29 PM

    Yes, Red Hook is in the evacuation zone, including the housing projects. She should go stay with relatives or friends outside of the evacuation zone. We’ll try to get you some more information.