Updated hurricane evacuation zone maps add 600K more New Yorkers

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New York City’s Office of Emergency Management has made final updates to the city’s flood-evacuation maps, covering 600,000 more residents.

Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway announced the new system Tuesday — Zones 1 through 6 — which now covers 37 percent of New Yorkers.

The city teamed with the National Weather Service and the United States Army Corps of Engineers to create the new maps.

“Over the past six months, we have made remarkable strides in the City’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy, and as part of our review of the Administration’s efforts before and after the storm, we have updated and expanded the hurricane evacuation zones that are part of the City’s comprehensive Coastal Storm Plan,” Holloway said.

The expanded zones cover 175 public housing developments, 25 hospitals and 69 nursing homes.

“Being prepared for any emergency is the best way to keep you and your family safe – know your hurricane evacuation zone number,” said Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno.

For more information on the new evacuation zones and to find your zone, visit www.nyc.gov.

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