Flood Zone NYC was born out of a frustration with the official NYC hurricane evacuation zone tool. I found that it took too many steps to find the most important information (if you were in a flood zone), and the information on what to do afterwards was a bit disjointed
This tool uses an alternative color scheme for the evacuation zones which gives symbolic meaning to users, advancing from most intense to least via hue change from purple, to red, to yellow. It uses a simplified map to make the most important information, the evacuation zones, more accessible to users. And it works responsively so that you can use this tool on any touch enabled smart phone.
If you like this tool, be sure to check out the app for Android and Google Chrome. If you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, simply add this web page to your home screen by pressing the share button, then the Add to Home Screen button in the third row, beneath the Twitter icon.
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Residents who do not live in a hurricane evacuation zone face are unlikely to experience a storm surge flooding from a hurricane.
Develop a plan with your household members 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.
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 efficient use of resources, the City will ask all evacuees to report to an evacuation center. 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.
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 if you have to leave your home in a hurry.
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.
All areas of the city could face hurricane-related hazards such as high winds, flooding, tornadoes, and loss of utilities. You may be instructed to shelter in place (stay at home) for several days until the hurricane passes.
Residents of high-rise apartment buildings may face special risks from hurricanes even if they live outside evacuation zone boundaries.
If you live in a high-rise building outside an evacuation zone, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.
If you live in a high-rise building located in an evacuation zone, heed evacuation orders.