Briefing for New Yorkers: How to Behave During the NY Flooding

Briefing for New Yorkers: How to Behave During the NY Flooding

September 29, 2023   259

Hello New Yorkers,

Given the ongoing flooding in our city, here's a concise guide on how to conduct ourselves to ensure safety and community well-being:

  1. Stay Indoors: Unless absolutely necessary, avoid going out. This minimizes risks and keeps roads clear for emergency vehicles.

  2. Avoid Floodwaters: If you must go out, don't walk, drive, or swim through floodwaters. It's hard to gauge depth, and there could be hidden hazards.

  3. Keep Updated: Regularly check news outlets, city advisories, or official channels for updates on the situation and safety recommendations.

  4. Limit Transportation: Refrain from using cars unless essential, as this can prevent potential blockages and allows for easier passage of emergency services.

  5. Ensure Electrical Safety: Turn off and unplug electrical devices. Avoid using electrical appliances in wet conditions.

  6. Offer Assistance: If safe, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, children, and those living alone. Offer help if you can.

  7. Emergency Kits: Ensure you have an emergency kit ready with essentials like water, food, medications, flashlight, batteries, and important documents.

  8. Stay Calm: Panic can lead to accidents. Breathe, stay informed, and make decisions rationally.

  9. Don't Spread Rumors: Only share verified information to avoid causing unnecessary panic or confusion.

  10. Follow Evacuation Orders: If authorities issue evacuation orders for your area, follow them promptly and safely.

Remember, as New Yorkers, we've faced challenges before and emerged stronger. Let's display our characteristic resilience, cooperate with authorities, and look out for one another. Stay safe!


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