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Hurricane Sandy Update -- Sunday 11/4 9:30 pm

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:46 pm    Post subject: Hurricane Sandy Update -- Sunday 11/4 9:30 pm
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Today Mayor Bloomberg visited Midland Beach in Staten Island to inspect the damage from the storm and the extensive cleanup efforts the City has undertaken. There were more than 1,000 NYC Service volunteers out on the streets today helping in our efforts to distribute food and supplies, clean up debris, and other work. This is in addition to the all the New Yorkers who are reaching out to their neighbors on their own to lend a helping hand.

Here is the latest information for you to share with your constituents:

Staying Warm in the Cold Weather:

· Anyone who needs heat should find shelter, whether at one of our city facilities or with a friend or relative.

· We have opened warming centers in every borough: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/warming_ctr.html

· Today our distribution centers and volunteers have distributed thousands of blankets.

· Our shelters are also open for those who are seeking warmth. The list of shelters is here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/hurricane_shelters.html

· We have buses running to take people to shelters tonight if they need a place to stay warm overnight. The bus pickups are listed here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/overnight_shelter.html

· NYPD cars are patrolling areas without power and issuing notices over loudspeakers letting people know how they can get to one of these centers.

· Those who are using generators in their homes to run their heat should be very careful to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Tips for smart generator use are below.

Food, Water & Blanket Distribution Sites:

· Today we had 12 distribution sites set up in the hardest-hit areas of the city.

o Food, water, blankets, baby formula, diapers, batteries and other supplies are available at all sites.

o These sites are staffed by over 1,000 NYC Service volunteers, as well as the Salvation Army, and the National Guard.

· The following items were distributed today:

o 600,000 meals to approximately 200,000 residents.

o 100,000 liters of water.

o 22,000 blankets.

o 27,000 bagels.

o 4500 boxes of diapers.

o 300 boxes of baby wipes.

o 5,000 batteries and flashlights.

o 800 toothbrushes with toothpaste.

o 100 cases of baby formula.

o 250 cases of garbage bags.

o 1,000 bottles of shampoo and conditioner.

o 75 cases of toilet paper, paper towels and tissues.

o 500 bottles of hand sanitizer.

o 500 bottles of hand soap.

o 500 ear muffs.

o 400 pairs of gloves.

o 5,000 hand warmers.

· The details of these sites, including the exact locations and hours of operation, can be found here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/foodandwater.html

o The sites will be open from 12-4pm on Monday.

o We will keep them operational for as long as is needed, and no one who shows up for food and water will be turned away.

· Each person will be able to take three meals and five bottles of water at these sites.

· People should bring their own bags to carry their food and water.

· We are going door-to-door in these areas to reach as many residents as possible who are in need.

· Door to door volunteers are also distributing information about changes in polling locations where applicable (see below).


· As of this morning there are 145,000 customers without power, down from 194,000 yesterday and a peak of 750,000 during the storm.

· LIPA has made some progress in restoring power to the Rockaways:

o There are currently 19,000 customers in the Rockaways without power, down from 25,000 last night.

o They have added more crews to their restoration efforts.

· The City has provided emergency generators to hospitals, nursing homes, public housing developments, and other facilities throughout the city, and will continue to do so as we receive more.

· Anyone without power who is using candles for light should be extremely careful – do not leave them burning through the night and do not leave them unattended. We have responded to six fires started by candles this week.

In parts of Lower Manhattan, three fires occurred in homes where stoves had been left on. People should make sure to turn off all appliances prior to return of electrical power.

Trees and Debris:

17,615 tree service requests have been made (alerting us of downed trees or branches).
Of these requests, 11,602 were for downed trees.
3,961 of these emergency tree conditions have been addressed (a mixture of trees down, hanging limbs and limbs down).


· A task force of city, state, and federal agencies has been hard at work pumping the water out of tunnels, public housing buildings, and other critical infrastructure.

· This morning Navy and Marine “de-watering” teams came ashore on the Rockaways and immediately began pumping water out of public housing developments on the peninsula.


· Public schools will be open on Monday.

· However, 65 schools definitely will not open on Monday. This includes:

o 57 schools in 40 buildings that sustained damage from the storm

§ On Wednesday the students from these 57 schools will attend class in alternative sites.

o 8 schools where emergency shelters are located.

· Fewer than 75 schools are still without power as of this afternoon, and that number continues to drop.

o We expect the vast majority of those will have power restored and be open on Monday.

o Any school that does not have power will not be open – this info will be available on NYC.gov and 311.

· Some school buildings may not have heat tomorrow – parents should dress their children in warm clothes.

· Note that Tuesday is Election Day and schools are closed that day.

· We are conducting extensive outreach to parents through robocalls, full-page ads in Monday’s newspapers, as well as informing media outlets.

· We currently expect that 96% of school buses will be running on Monday morning, though there may be delays in pickups due to continuing cleanup on the roads.

· A reserve of substitute teachers has been called up to ensure that all classrooms are covered.

· To get all the latest information about schools for the upcoming week you can:

o Visit nyc.gov/schools

o Call 311

o Text the words “nyc schools” or “escuela” to 877-877

Election Day:

· Tuesday is Election Day and there is a plan in place to ensure that all New Yorkers will be able to vote.

· Due to storm damage 61 pollsites cannot be used on Tuesday. We have found alternate locations for all of them. Those 61 impacted sites include 3 in Manhattan, 3 in the Bronx, 2 on Staten Island, 28 in Queens, and 25 in Brooklyn.

· The Board of Elections tells us that about 143,000 voters in all five boroughs will be assigned to poll sites different from their usual sites. Our NYC Service volunteers are letting many New Yorkers know about their temporary polling places.

· The list of poll sites will be available on the Board of Elections website (http://vote.nyc.ny.us/) or http://whosontheballot.org/

· New Yorkers seeking information about where to vote on Election Day will also be able to locate their poll site by texting “NYCVOTES” to 877-877. Spanish speakers can text "DONDE" to 877-877 to receive prompts in Spanish.

Disaster Assistance Centers:

· 6 of these centers are open, including a new one that opened in the Bronx today.

· These centers provide information about applying for emergency social and economic benefits.

· The list of sites and hours of operation can be found here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/dasc.html

· These facilities are operated by the City’s Human Resources Administration in cooperation with FEMA.


· New York City tap water is safe.

· However water in Breezy Point is not potable and should not be consumed in any way due to damage to the pipes.

o Bottled water is being provided to Breezy Point residents. That is what should be consumed there.

o For more information visit: nyc.gov/health

Volunteering, Donating, and Giving Blood:

· Cash donations to support these and other efforts can be made through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Learn more here: nyc.gov/fund

o Generally, cash donations are preferable to in-kind donations because the logistics of collecting and distributing those supplies are complex.

o The Mayor’s Fund has already over $13.6 million donated by more than 6,000 people.

· Those who want to volunteer can visit NYC Service at: nyc.gov/service

· Giving blood is incredibly helpful right now. For more information visit: nybloodcenter.org


· Alternate side parking will not be in effect tomorrow (Monday).

· With most mass transit resuming, we expect that the severe congestion of this past week will start to lessen.

· The 3-person HOV restriction on crossings into Manhattan expired Friday.

· The Holland Tunnel is open with restriction. Details here: http://www.panynj.gov/alerts-advisories/inclement-weather.html

· The Hugh Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the Midtown Tunnel are still closed.

· Meters are in effect.

Mass Transit:

· Subways, railroads, and buses are operating on a modified basis.

o 80 percent of the subway system, including service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, has been restored.

o The Staten Island Railway has resumed limited service.

o LIRR and Metro North are running with modifications, with large parts of the systems already restored.

o Bus service is largely restored

o Suspension of fares for MTA services is no longer in effect. Customers should expect to pay full typical fare.

o All details on MTA service status can be found at: mta.info

· Monday, starting at 6 AM, NYCEDC, Seastreak, and DOT are partnering to provide temporary ferry service during the morning and evening rush hours tomorrow, from the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to Wall Street/Pier 11 and East 35th Street. Learn more.

· Staten Island Ferry service is running on its regular schedule.

· The East River Ferry is running.

· PATH service is still suspended as they continue to remove water from facilities and fix damage.

· NJ Transit services have been restored on a limited basis. Details are here: njtransit.com.

Public Safety:

The storm-related death count is 40.
Police are using the public address systems on department vehicles to inform residents in neighborhoods still without electricity that there are heating shelters available and how to get to them.
Crime during the week of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, from Monday, October 29th through Friday, November 2nd, declined in the City by 32 percent compared to the same week the year before.
Thousands of police officers were deployed today to storm-impacted areas on extended tours of duty to provide security and recovery assistance.
NYPD Critical Response Vehicles officers normally assigned to counterterrorism duties escorted military vehicles delivering food and water to distribution centers throughout the city. They also helped the military with the delivery of approximately one million meals yesterday.
NYPD officers delivered food and water to another 17 locations, many near public housing that had been identified by the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau.
There were no hypothermia calls overnight. EMS call volume is average.
FDNY special units are staffing all designated Disaster Assistance Centers, providing assistance as needed. This includes in Rockaways where we are assisting LIPA and NYCHA during power restorations involving high capacity generators for some housing complexes.

Health for the General population:

The City is tracking trends in health problems through electronic data from hospital emergency departments.
While health problems generally peaked immediately after the storm and are now improving, the largest storm-related problem is people seeking medication because of an interruption in supply. There was one reported emergency room visit due to hypothermia on Saturday at noon, which was not life-threatening.

Cell Service:

· Service continues to improve in the city, though interruptions remain in some areas.

· AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint have all deployed temporary cell towers throughout the city in areas that are still without power.

Building Inspections:

· The Department of Buildings is inspecting 55,000 building in Zone A to ensure safety for New Yorkers.

· So far we have inspected 12,600 buildings.

· Buildings will be tagged with one of three color placards to indicate their safety:

o Green: the building is structurally safe

o Red: the building is not safe and may not be entered

o Yellow: it can be occupied conditionally (i.e. one floor may be safe while another is not.) These conditions would be explained on the placard.

· Building owners can also self-certify with the Department of Buildings.

57th Street Crane:

· The crane has been rotated and tethered to the building.

· All buildings that have utilities restored on the blocks listed below can be reoccupied:

o Both north and south sides of West 56th street west of 7th Ave

o south side of West 56th between 6th and 7th Ave

o Both north and south sides of West 58th street west of 7th Ave

o north side of West 58 between 6th and 7th Ave

o Both north and south sides of West 57th street west of 7th Ave

o Broadway between West 56th and 58th Streets both east and west sides.

· Vehicular traffic will be opened on both West 56th and West 58th streets and Broadway tonight.

Support to Businesses:

· We have put together a package of support for NYC businesses impacted by the storm:

o Emergency loans of up to $25,000 for small and mid-sized businesses that have been interrupted as a result of the storm.

o For larger businesses that were damaged, temporary City and State sales tax deferment on materials needed for rebuilding.

o For businesses displaced from their locations, we’re offering temporary office space free of charge at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) for the next 30 days. The City has identified more than 100,000 square feet that will be made available, including 40,000 square feet of city space at BAT and approximately 50,000 square feet of space that private sector landlords have agreed to make available.

Federal Disaster Assistance:

· Anyone affected by Sandy – homeowners, renters, and businesses – can apply for federal disaster assistance.

· They can register at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the Federal Emergency Management agency at 1-800-621-3362.

Healthcare Facilities:

· Bellevue, New York Downtown, Manhattan VA, NYU Langone, and Coney Island Hospitals have all been evacuated.


· The number of shelters has been consolidated to 15, since many of the shelters had just a few people staying in them.

· There are currently more than 4,800 evacuees in our shelters, supported by 1,300 staff.

· Our shelter system will remain open until evacuees can return to their homes or find short-term housing.

· A full list of shelters can be found here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/hurricane_shelters.html

Parks & Beaches:

· 75 percent of parks have now been re-opened to the public.

· 15 recreation centers, 16 nature centers, 12 concessions and 1 cultural institution (the Cloisters Museum) will remain closed to the public until further notice.

· Because of sewer system discharges during the hurricane, no one should go in the Hudson or East Rivers, New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay or Kill Van Kull, or on them in a canoe or kayak or for wind-surfing, until further notice.

· Details on park closures can be found at: nyc.gov/parks


· We have lifted the ban on exterior construction work that we imposed before the storm.


· The Department of Sanitation is collecting garbage

· They are not collecting recycling.

Reporting and Handling Conditions:

· 911 should only be used in case of emergencies.

· To report other conditions such as fallen trees and sewer backups, please use 311 Online, text 311 at 311-692, or call 311.

o Fallen trees are incredibly dangerous. Anyone who sees one should report it immediately. No one should try to cut down or move damaged trees themselves.

· Power outages and live wires should be directly reported to Con Ed (1-800-75-CON-ED) or LIPA (1-800-490-0075).

o Live wires are also extremely dangerous. No one should touch them or be near them.

Advice to Share with Your Constituents:

· Any food – including packaged food – that was touched by flood water should be thrown away. The flood water may contain sewage or other contamination.

· Other items that have been touched by flood water should be cleaned and disinfected. This should be done as soon as possible to prevent mold growth.

· Tap water is safe to drink.

· Do not use generators or grills indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious threat when these devices are used indoors. They should only be used outside and kept away from windows and vents.

· Everyone should have and use battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms. They should test the batteries if possible.

· If someone experiences sleepiness, dizziness, headaches, confusion, weakness or the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, they should immediately seek fresh air and call the poison control center at 212–POISONS (212-764-7667.) They can also call 911, since poisoning is life threatening.

· Important guides on carbon monoxide poisoning and food safety can be found at nyc.gov/health.

Elected Officials Hotline:

· This line will be open 24 hours/day until further notice

Staying Informed

· For the latest updates, New Yorkers can:

o Visit NYC.gov

o Follow @nycmayorsoffice Twitter

o Sign up for notifications from Notify NYC

Thank you, and we will continue to keep you informed.

-Ryan Whalen

Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson

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