Emergency Prepardness Information for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village - Hurricane Irene
The Tenants Association would like to pass the following important emergency preparedness information on to you from our local Community Emergency Response Team, Manhattan 6 – Stuyvesant /Midtown CERT. The following consolidated information is drawn from the NYC Office Of Emergency Management Website.
Additionally, we are passing on an important Resident Notice from Rose Associates and a communication from Council Member Dan Garodnick that follow the prepared information below.
Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
“A hurricane watch is in effect for New York City, indicating hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours. OEM continues to closely monitor Hurricane Irene as it makes its way toward the East Coast. Irene is currently [a Category 2 hurricane and is] expected to reach the North Carolina coast on Saturday.
OEM urges New Yorkers to find out if they live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Residents in Zone A are advised to leave their homes before the storm arrives and 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.”
What should Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village residents do?
Plan, prepare, and listen.
- Learn how to shelter in place and make an emergency kit.
- Prepare a Go Bag if you have to evacuate.
- Find out which Evacuation Zone you are in (all of ST/PCV are in a Zone).
- Listen for instructions from City Officials on your radio, TV, OEM Website, or by calling 311.
- If you witness or experience a life/safely event, call 911.
Keep enough supplies in your home to survive on your own, or shelter in place, for at least three days. If possible, keep these materials in an easily accessible, separate container or special cupboard. You should indicate to your household members that these supplies are for emergencies only. Check expiration dates of food and update your kits when you change your clock during daylight-saving times.
• One gallon of drinking water per person per day
• Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener
• First aid kit
• Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries (you can also buy wind-up radios that do not require batteries)
• 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)
• Personal hygiene items: soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.
• Phone that does not rely on electricity
• Child care supplies or other special care items
Every household should pack a Go Bag - a collection of items you may need in the event of an evacuation. A Go Bag should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or suitcase on wheels. A Go Bag should be easily accessible if you have to leave your home in a hurry. Make sure it is ready to go at all times of the year.
• Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.)
• Extra set of car and house keys
• Credit and ATM cards and cash, especially in small denominations. We recommend you keep at least $50-$100 on hand.
• Bottled water and non-perishable food such as energy or granola bars
Note: Traditional flashlight bulbs have limited lifespans. Light Emitting Diode (LED) flashlights, however, are more durable and last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs.
• Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries
• Keep a list of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages. Medication information and other essential personal items. If you store extra medication in your Go Bag, be sure to refill it before it expires.
• First-aid kit
• Contact and meeting place information for your household, and a small regional map
• Child care supplies or other special care items
ZONE A: Residents in Zone A face the highest risk of flooding from a hurricane’s storm surge. Zone A includes all low-lying coastal areas and other areas that could experience storm surge from ANY hurricane making landfall close to New York City.
(* There are no PCV/ST buildings in Zone A however, 21 buildings sit on the cusp or across the street from Zone A. Please see the table below to see if your building is on the cusp of this Zone.)
ZONE B: Residents in Zone B may experience storm surge flooding from a MODERATE (Category 2 and higher) hurricane.
(All of PCV, and two thirds of Stuyvesant Town are in ZONE B. Please see the table below to see if your building is in this Zone.)
ZONE C: Residents in Zone C may experience storm surge flooding from a MAJOR (Category 3 & 4) hurricane making landfall just south of New York City. A major hurricane is unlikely in New York City, but not impossible.
(The western third of Stuyvesant Town is in ZONE C. Please see the table below to see if your building is in this Zone.)
Residents who do not live in a hurricane evacuation zone are unlikely to experience storm surge flooding from a hurricane.
The information in this table is complied from the OEM Hurricane Zone Map
by volunteers from MN6 CERT and the TA:
Buildings that are in Zone B that straddle Zone A are at most risk. Many if not all of the cars parked in Garage #3 were lost due to the December 13, 1992 Nor’Easter. Many basements flooded also. Be aware of this possibly and consider items you may have in basement storage or parked vehicles.
Our nearest Evacuation Center is Baruch College, 155 E 24th Street at Lexington Avenue. City Officials will make the appropriate announcements should evacuation become necessary. Remember that unless told otherwise, sheltering in place is the safest option.
Management’s (Rose Associates) Communication to Tenants
Hurricane Readiness Tips
The National Weather Service forecasts that the impacts of Hurricane Irene will reach the New York Metropolitan Area this weekend, bringing tropical storm or hurricane force conditions, heavy rain and strong winds. To prepare for these stormy conditions, it is recommended that you:
- Check supplies: Food and water is available, emergency supply kit is stocked, “go bag” is ready, cell phone is charged, and battery operated radio with extra batteries is handy.
- Check on friends and neighbors especially those who are elderly or have disabilities or special needs and require assistance with their preparation.
- Stay tuned to local radio and TV broadcasts for the latest information.
- Minimize your exposure to the outside elements. Stay inside.
- Find a safe place in your apartment:
- Close and lock all windows
- Draw all shades. Close all blinds and drapes
- Place folded towels on window sills to absorb any leaking water
- Stay in your apartment in a room with few or no windows. Locate the nearest exit stairway.
- Determine a location outside of your building for members of your family to meet in the event you are asked to evacuate. Follow any mandatory evacuation procedures issued by the NYPD or any City, State or Federal agency.
For additional information call 311 or go to http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem
On Saturday, 27, 2011 and Sunday, August 28, 2011 the following protocols will be in effect:
Call 911 and Call Public Safety at 212-598-5233 option #3 in the event of a medical emergency requiring special assistance.
Call Resident Services at 212-420-5000 to report a maintenance emergency.
Event Cancellations: The Green Market
Facility Closings: August 27, 2011
OVAL Fitness will close at 3pm and all Playgrounds will close at 4pm.
Facility Closings: August 27-28, 2011
Oval Kids, Film, Lounge, Study, the Oval Lawn, and the Community Center will be closed this weekend, August 27th & 28th.
Hurricane Preparedness: Parking Garages
All of the property parking garages are located within the City’s designated flood zone. IMPARK, the parking garage operator, has been advised by the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management that due to the City’s flood evacuation declaration, residents should move their cars off-site to an area outside the flood zone, as soon as possible. Vehicles should be moved from the garages no later than 4PM on Saturday, August 27th.
Call IMPARK at 212-614-5895 for further information.
Message From Council Member and Neighbor, Dan Garodnick
By now you have probably heard that our neighbors in Waterside Plaza (and all other low-lying “Zone A” areas – of which Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village are NOT a part, though we border one on Avenue C) have been ordered to evacuate due to the expected storm from Hurricane Irene.
I wanted to share some frequently asked questions that I am hearing, and the most up-to-date answers, as of Friday afternoon, August 26. Much of what is below applies to all City residents. However, I have included here information specific to Stuyvesant Town / Peter Cooper Village. Please review it, and please be safe.
When will the storm hit?
As of Friday afternoon, the storm is still expected to hit late Saturday or early Sunday. Stay tuned to the radio and TV for updates. Online, you can also monitor the latest official information from the City at http://www.nyc.gov/severeweather .
When will I know if I need to evacuate?
Residents of Zone A (which, again, does not include ST/PCV) are subject to a mandatory evacuation by order of the Mayor by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. Any further evacuations will be communicated on television, on radio, on the http://www.nyc.gov website, as well as via the Office of Emergency Management’s “Notify NYC” system, http://www.nyc.gov/notifynyc .
At this time, residents of Zone B (which does include portions of ST/PCV proper) are not required to evacuate, but are encouraged to make contingency plans to stay with friends or family further inland in case the storm worsens. Some residents are even acting on those plans in advance of the storm. (Flooding in our area would not be without precedent.)
For views of the flood zone maps prepared by the Army Corps of Engineers, visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/downloads/pdf/hurricane_map_english.pdf - or - http://www.garodnick.com/press/photo_album.2011-08-25.5098525058 .
Is the City going to shut down the subways and other mass transit?
Yes. Be advised that the MTA will begin to shut down all mass transit on Saturday at 12:00 noon. Residents requiring Access-a-Ride should make arrangements to be picked up today (Friday) by calling (877) 337-2017. There will be no scheduled pickups after 12:00 noon on Saturday.
If I need to leave my home, where should I go?
If you are subject to a mandatory evacuation, you should try to stay with a friend or family member who lives outside the flood zones to stay with them. (Residents in mandatory evacuation zones must leave their homes by 5:00 p.m. Saturday). The city evacuation centers are also available to you.
Where is the nearest evacuation center, and when will it open?
The nearest evacuation center for Stuyvesant Town / Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza is Baruch College (155 East 24th Street). The nearest evacuation center for Isaacs Houses / Holmes Towers is P.S. 171 (19 East 103rd Street). Evacuation centers will be open beginning at 4:00 p.m. Friday.
Can I go to an evacuation center even if I don’t live in a “Zone A” or “orange” area?
Yes. Evacuation centers will not turn anyone away.
What should I bring with me if I evacuate?
Prepare a “go-bag” for yourself so that you are ready if you need to head out in a hurry. Make sure to include in it copies of important documents in a portable waterproof container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.). A go-bag should also include an extra set of house keys, credit/ATM cards and $50 to $100 cash in small denominations, bottled water and nonperishable food such as granola bars, a flashlight, up-to-date medication information (the medication each member of your household takes, why they take them, their dosages, and doctors’ names and phone numbers), and contact and meet-up information for your household.
What should I do with my pet?
Pets with owners will be allowed at evacuation centers. In the meantime, Create a go-bag for your pet in case of emergency. This should include “comforting” toys or treats; a current color photo of you and your pet, in case you are separated; and a cotton sheet to place over the pet’s carrier to keep it calm.
FOR STUYVESANT TOWN / PETER COOPER VILLAGE
Am I safe to stay in my Stuyvesant Town or Peter Cooper Village building if there is flooding outside?
Yes. Your safest place during this storm will be to stay at home, unless the City issues a mandatory evacuation for Zone B. Residents are advised to stay home, with adequate supplies. Traversing the property presents additional risks because there are many trees, whose branches are vulnerable in heavy winds.
If the bottom of my building floods, is it safe to stay on the upper floors?
Management advises that it is safe. The buildings’ basements have flooded in the past, and they feel confident that there are no structural concerns that arise from basement flooding.
Will the gas and water work in my building if there is a power outage?
Water pumps will not work in the event of an outage, and water tanks in ST/PCV buildings frequently drain from use within 2-4 hours of an outage.
It is advised that you take steps to ensure that you have adequate drinking water in advance of a power outage. Aside from purchasing bottled water, some people fill water jugs or other containers to ensure that they will have enough water around. And you should not wait until the last minute to do this. One gallon per person per day is recommended. Management does not expect any issues with the gas in the event of an electrical power outage (though stove-top ignition lighters may not themselves work).
If the building floods, is it safe to drink my tap water?
Yes. The City will advise residents publicly if there is ever any concern about the safety of drinking water.
Will we lose power if the building floods?
Not necessarily. According to management, insofar as flooding does lead to a loss of power, it is usually caused by flooding in and under the streets, where Con Ed runs its power lines.
What else should I do in the event of a power outage?
Con Ed advises that you turn off all lights and appliances to prevent overloaded circuits when power is restored.
Because of the electronic keycard system, will we be able to get in and out of our buildings?
There is a 72-hour battery backup for the keycard system. Management reported to Council Member Garodnick that the system is regularly maintained, but that it is being double-checked today.
Are tenants on upper floors supposed to take shelter on floor 10 or lower?
That recommendation is meant more for large high-rises; residents should be safe in ST/PCV buildings. To the extent that there is any concern, it would be about the potential for water to infiltrate on the lowest floor of the building, not the highest.
What’s going on with our cars?
Garages 3, 4 and 5 are most at risk of flooding, because they are closest to Zone A. Management is asking the users of those garages to move their cars out of those garages. Garages 1 and 2 had some flooding in past storms, so users of those garages also may want to move their cars to higher ground.
Daniel R. Garodnick