Prepping for Hurricane Irene

What to do when you get evacuated from your NYC apartment.

Got this email from my landlord:

From: “Joe Qeliqi”
Date: August 25, 2011 21:29:33 GMT+02:00
Subject: Preparation for Hurricane Irene

To: Unit Owners and Residents of The Downtown Club Condominium
From: David Valente, Property Manager

The National Weather Service forecasts that impacts of Hurricane Irene may reach the New York metropolitan area this weekend, bringing tropical storm or hurricane force conditions which can include heavy rain and strong winds. As with any storm, forecasts can change and we hope this forecast will change for the better.  However, this building is located in a flood zone, and there have been reports that an evacuation order may be issued.  Please monitor the news for further updates.

In preparation for the stormy weather, please take note of the following: Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools and toys.

Anchor objects that could be unsafe outside:

  • Close up and secure patio umbrellas
  • Secure all windows
  • Prepare working flashlights and spare batteries
  •  Use tape to secure windows/broken glass if necessary
  • All terrace/balcony/outdoor spaces should be checked to ensure that items are secured or taken inside, especially with glass table tops
  • If the building and/or parts of the city lose power, stores will be closed and ATM machines will not be operating

Residents with a terrace or patio are required to maintain the drain on the surface.  Please make sure the drain is free on any debris.  If you have any concern about the condition of the drain, please contact the doorman during regular business hours (including Saturday) and the handyman will be dispatched to your apartment as soon as possible.

During severe storms there is always a potential for the city’s sewer system to be overwhelmed.  If that occurs, there is a potential for water to back up into the building’s basement, requiring the basement to be shut down and off limits to residents.

The building staff is going through a pre-storm check list of the building systems, roof area, drains, etc. and we will have coverage throughout the weekend to address any problems that may arise. Should there be any emergencies, our off-hours service and property managers will be available to assist.

First the earthquake and now this? Is New York turning into a bad action movie? And will I spend next week camping in Central Park?

Also, apparently my apartment in the Financial District close to Battery Park is in “the Flood Zone.” To be continued.

Photo by Rodolfo Cuadros on Unsplash.


Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwer, aka Doctor Spin, is an awarded senior adviser specialising in public relations and digital strategy. Currently CEO at KIX Index and Spin Factory. Before that, he worked at Kaufmann, Whispr Group, Springtime PR, and Spotlight PR. Based in Stockholm, Sweden.
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