Hurricane—now “Superstorm”—Sandy wreaked havoc on the east coast Monday when it hit New York City, New Jersey, and hundreds of other communities. Millions lost power, spent the night in the cold, and watched as Manhattan streets turned into a veritable river.
Mayor Bloomberg ordered a mandatory evacuation of Zone A (areas of Staten Island, Manhattan, Coney Island, Rockaway, etc.), and other areas of NYC are on high alert. But what are you supposed to do if you’re on high alert? Just what does that mean?
One resource you can look to is the New York City Housing Authority (or NYCHA). NYCHA is doing its best to keep residents informed and prevent accidents during the storm and its aftermath this week. Elevators in NYCHA buildings have been shut down to avoid failure caused by power outages and possible flooding of elevator shafts. Residents have also been given NYCHA’s emergency preparedness guide regarding Sandy, which has safety tips for both before and during the storm. Those resources online are a good guide to how to keep yourself safe and prevent accidents during this time.
The storm is expected to continue through the week, though floodwaters shouldn’t rise as much as they did on Monday. “Superstorm” Sandy will slowly move out to sea, where it will hopefully dissipate. Mayor Bloomberg has not yet indicated when transit and business will resume as usual—so we’ll just have to wait it out and see.