Hurricane SeasonBefore Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore, travelers tended to worry about hurricane season more when planning a trip to Florida, Mexico or the Caribbean. But hurricanes can hit anywhere along the coast. New York City is prepping for hurricane season, which generally runs from June 1 through November, by asking residents and visitors to “Know Your Zone” and how to evacuate in the event of a hurricane.

The details are available at, which has information about the six hurricane evacuation zones, the hazards you may face from a hurricane and what to do to prepare.In an emergency, you can get up-to-date information by following the hashtag #knowyourzone on Twitter.

Preparing for Hurricane Season

In the event of a hurricane evacuation, here are some things to consider.. In preparation for a real hurricane, here are several key steps to make sure you, your family and your home are ready:

  • Use NYC’s Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder or call 311 to find out whether your home or business is located in a hurricane evacuation zone.
  • Understand hurricane hazards and the steps you can take to prepare.
  • Sign up for Notify NYC to get the latest emergency information via text, phone, email, fax, Twitter (@NotifyNYC), BlackBerry Messenger, and instant messenger.

Download the NYC Hurricane Guide

Hurricane Seasonresidents can download the New York Hurricane guide. It contains instructions on how to develop a hurricane disaster plan and secure your home before a storm. There’s also a map of New York City hurricane evacuation zones.


Know Your Zone

Check out How to Know Your Zone by OEM Social Media on Snapguide.

Join the Thunderclap Challenge

Participate in the Thunderclap “NYC- Do You Know Your Zone?” challenge. Through Thunderclap, your tweets, Facebook and Tumblr posts are captured to show larger the social impact of this effort to protect and prepare the New York community.

If you think you might be inclined to ride out a hurricane, read this TravelingMom’s story about why she would never do it again.