Hurricane Sandy Update for New York City

Real Estate Agent with The Corcoran Group

Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy approaches New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this morning that the MTA's subway and rail service will shut down at 7 p.m. and bus service will end at 9 p.m., and Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered mandatory evacuations of the city's low-lying Zone A by 7 p.m.

NYC public schools are closed Monday September 29, 2012. Flooding is expected throughout the region.

Be Prepared:

Residents with Balconies, Terraces  or any Outdoor Space  

If your apartment has a terrace or balcony, make sure nothing can become airbourne during a high wind condition. This includes awnings, umbrellas, boxes, plants or trees, outdoor furniture, toys etc. Store all furniture cushions, plantings decorative items inside your apartment. Any items that can't be stored inside must be secured and tied down.

At the same time, make sure the drains on your terrace are free from debris that can create a flooding condition. Turn off irrigation systems. During the storm do not congregate near windows and/or balcony/terrace doors.

Building Owners and Managers can prepare by:

  *   · Organizing emergency contact information for staff, tenants, and vendors. 
  *   · Locate and review relevant insurance information. 
  *   · Ensure you have proper staffing to run the building and perform EAP duties. 

  *   · Secure objects in and around building such as lawn furniture, garbage cans, gas grills, antennas and satellite dishe 

*   ·   Check flood pumps to ensure proper operation. 

  *   · Make sure backup generators are working properly and you have adequate fuel. 
  *   · Residential buildings should notify residents to secure outdoor furniture on patios and balconies.

To secure construction sites, please communicate with your general contractors on preparations and take all precautionary measures including:

  *   · Tie down and secure material and loose debris at construction sites. 
  *   · Cover electrical equipment from exposure to the weather. 
  *   · Store loose tools, oil cans and extra fuses in a tool box. 
  *   · Secure netting, scaffolding and sidewalk sheds. 
  *   · Suspend crane operations and secure crane equipment when wind speeds reach 30 mph or greater. 
  *   · Suspend hoist operations and secure exterior hoists when wind speeds reach 35 mph or greater, unless manufacturer specifications state otherwise.

Emergency Supply Kit

Keep enough supplies in your home to survive on your own for at least three days. If possible, keep these materials in an easily accessible, separate container or special cupboard. You should indicate to your household members that these supplies are for emergencies only. Check expiration dates of food and update your kits when you change your clock during daylight-saving times.

For more information on Hurricane Sandy, please check the resources below: 
NYC Department of Buildings:


NYC Office of Emergency Management: 

FEMA: (Presidential candidate Mitt Romney vows to close FEMA and cut federal disaster relief funding if elected) 
National Weather Service: 
To locate your local evacuation center: 


Please Stay Safe!

The Corcoran Group wil be closed Monday October 29, 2012.




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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Hello Mitchell,

Great local post with important information for safety during the incoming storm...take care, and hopefully this one will move out to sea instead!

Oct 28, 2012 08:30 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good luck Mitchell.  Hope that Sandy leaves you unscathed.

Oct 28, 2012 09:12 PM #2
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Excellent information Mitchell..............stay safe in Manhattan.

Oct 28, 2012 10:12 PM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Hello Mitchell,

I thought of you with this impending storm on the way.  This is a good list for everyone to follow.  Stay safe. A

Oct 29, 2012 02:43 AM #4
David Ames
Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
San Francisco

I hear there's been a little flooding in some of the downtown subway sections.  Stay dry.  :-)

Oct 29, 2012 11:47 AM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hope you are OK, Mitchell, looks like it was an awful storm.

Oct 29, 2012 10:59 PM #6
Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Thanks for all your kind wishes and concerns. The Upper West Side of Manhattan was spared the havoc of hurricane Sandy. I'm fine thanks. We didn't lose power and there was only minor damage such as downed trees in my neighborhood.

I posted an update with some local photos


Oct 30, 2012 05:07 AM #7
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