As Hurricane Irene approaches, the Dean at Brooklyn Law School has decided to close the building completely on Saturday and Sunday. The New York City MTA is shutting down at noon tomorrow. Hurricanes are rare events in New York City but the current forecast track map puts Irene directly over the New York metropolitan area on Sunday. It is tempting to think this might be just another storm but the effects of a direct hurricane strike can be severe, flooding the subway system for weeks to months, devastation along the Long Island shore, flooding in lower Manhattan, and many without power.
Residents of New York City, New Jersey and the metropolitan area need to get prepared for Hurricane Irene. If you reside in a low-lying flood-prone area in the Northeast threatened by Irene, consider taking action today. The moment authorities announce possible evacuations, people will panic. Buy your supplies now. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in New York in preparation for the potential impact of Hurricane Irene. See Executive Order #17: Declaring a Disaster in the Counties of Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk and Contiguous Areas. The National Hurricane Center has a webpage for hurricane preparedness guides. There is more information on the TSA Blog. Other sites with more information are the NYC webpage, the National Hurrricane Center and the Map of NYC evacuation zones.