First Ever Mandatory Evacuation of Nearly 300,000 NYC Residents in the Path of Irene


Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered an evacuation by 5 p.m. Saturday for low-lying areas that house about 270,000 people. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said subways, buses and commuter trains in the city, on Long Island and in the northern suburbs will begin their final runs around noon Saturday.

Some 65 million people along the U.S. East Coast are bracing for the wrath of Irene, which is expected to be the strongest hurricane to strike the East Coast in seven years and one that could inflict billions in damages in an arc from Washington to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

From the National Hurricane Center:

Family Disaster Plan

Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.

Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.

Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.

Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.

Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.

Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.

Check your insurance coverage – flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.

Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.

Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.

Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

To all our readers in the path of this storm, please be prepared and stay safe!

Posted August 26, 2011 by
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  • Comments

    9 Responses to “First Ever Mandatory Evacuation of Nearly 300,000 NYC Residents in the Path of Irene”

    1. Greg the Mongoose on August 26th, 2011 2:35 pm

      Escape from New York. Staring Bloomberg the mayor of NYC, and Bermuda. Mario’s boy, Crown prince Andy Cuomo. Making things worse for the State, and City.

    2. Miklo on August 26th, 2011 5:13 pm

      As one former Cape May, NJ resident told me after helping his parents prepare their home…

      Nobody wants another Katrina situation!

    3. Buster on August 26th, 2011 9:39 pm

      Poor obummer had to cut his vacation short LOL Cant wait to see how bad he screws this upcoming situation UP !!!

    4. A Texas Grandfather on August 26th, 2011 10:05 pm

      Barry needs to head for Chicago and just get out of the way. Let the experienced people do what is needed.

      Ray Nagen behaved just like Obama does, so the only way to prevent another Katrina is not let Barry get in the way.

    5. Tamikosmom on August 26th, 2011 10:06 pm

      Hubby and I along with son and American DIL just returned from an impromtu prayer meeting which was held in one of the larger churches in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. There were Americans who drove across the line in attendance. Together we upheld all those who reside in the path of Hurricane Irene.

      God Bless America!

    6. Buster on August 26th, 2011 11:28 pm

      If obama was the captain of the titanic he would of ordered more ice !!! The guy could screw up a wet dream !!!

    7. IBE on August 27th, 2011 1:02 am


      Pray for the safety of 65 million people and the animals.

    8. Tamikosmom on August 27th, 2011 9:27 am

      Irene tracking for Eastern Canada
      CBC News Posted: Aug 26, 2011 8:52 AM AT

    9. Fran on August 27th, 2011 10:58 am

      Thank God we now have an able President and not a clumsy wimp like W. during Katrina.
      SM: That’s its compare a class 5 hurricane to a 1. Just Obama’s speed. Please, O could not handle the Gulf Oil spill. O has a tough enough time handling his putter.

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