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Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:51 pm Post subject: Hurricane Sandy Update Red Tagged Buildings Sunday 11/18
From Nov 18, 2012 to Nov 19, 2012 (included)
|As you know, the Department of Buildings has inspected more than 80,000 buildings in those areas of the city impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Here is further information on those inspections and how you can advise your constituents whose properties have received red tags from the Department of Buildings.
Structural Building Inspections:
· Upon inspection each building is tagged based on its structural integrity:
o Green: the building is structurally safe and may be entered.
o Yellow: parts of the building are structurally safe while other parts are not safe.
§ The specifics of what is and is not safe are outlined in the tag.
o Red: the building is structurally unsafe, and no one should enter it.
· The vast majority of buildings have been determined to be structurally safe and therefore are tagged green.
Red Tagged Structures:
· Approximately 900 structures (out of 80,000 total) have been tagged red, meaning they are structurally unsafe and may not be entered.
o Any homeowner with a red tag should contact the Department of Buildings immediately by calling 311 or visiting a local Restoration Center. The list of Restoration Centers can be found here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/dasc.html
· Of the 900 properties with a red tag, we estimate 200 buildings will have to be completely or partially demolished due to the severity of damage caused by the storm.
· We are working to contact every owner whose property needs to be demolished and we are coordinating with FEMA in this effort, as most homeowners already have registered with FEMA or will soon do so.
· No building will be demolished until the homeowner is contacted, UNLESS the building is at imminent risk of collapse.
o Of the 200 severely damaged red tagged buildings, only a very small number are at high risk of collapse.
· The process of dealing with these 200 severely damaged structures will occur over the next several months.
o The only buildings that would be demolished in the coming weeks are those at imminent risk of collapse.
· For those 200 severely damaged buildings that will require demolition, the City will work with the homeowners to cover as much of the cost and do as much of the work right away as possible. Each case will be slightly different and we will work with the homeowners to address the unique conditions of each property.
If your office is contacted by any homeowner whose property is tagged red, the critical first step is for the homeowner to contact the Department of Buildings by either calling 311 or visiting a Restoration Center. The Department of Buildings will then work with the homeowner on next steps.
We will continue to inform you about this process as it develops in the coming weeks.
Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson