Tropical Storm Isaias is predicted to make landfall in New York City between Tuesday, August 4, 2020, and Wednesday, August 5, 2020. This storm is expected to bring heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour. The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) is reminding all builders, contractors, crane operators, and property owners to secure their construction sites, buildings, and equipment.
Also, all business operators, including restaurants participating in the Open Restaurants program in New York City are reminded to:
- Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys.
- Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.
- Close up and secure patio umbrellas.
- Secure retractable awnings.
- Remove aerial antennas and satellite television dishes.
- Takedown tents or follow manufacturer’s instructions to secure them.
Other storm preparation tips:
- Make a plan before a storm arrives. Prepare a Go Bag that you can grab in case you need to leave your home in a hurry. Be sure to pack hand sanitizer and extra face coverings in your Go Bag. For more information about what to pack in a Go Bag, visit http://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/gather-supplies.page. If you live in a flood-prone area, keep materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber on hand to help protect your home. If you have a disability or access or functional need, make sure your plan addresses how your needs may affect your ability to evacuate, shelter in place, or communicate with emergency workers. Arrange help from family, friends, or service providers if you will need assistance.
- Know Your Zone – The City is divided into six hurricane evacuation zones (1 through 6); about 3 million New Yorkers live in these zones. To find out if you are one of the three million New Yorkers living in a hurricane evacuation zone, visit gov/knowyourzone or call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115).
- Sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free, official source for information about emergency events and important city services, to receive emergency information via e-mail, text, phone, or Twitter. Notify NYC provides multilingual messaging in 13 and American Sign Language (ASL). To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit gov/NotifyNYC or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.