You can get information about hurricane evacuation zones.

Hurricane evacuation zones are areas that may be affected by storm surge flooding. The City uses data from the National Weather Service, topographic maps, and actual events to define areas that are most at risk.

Based on new and improved data from the National Weather Service and actual events, hurricane zones were updated in 2021 for approximately 1 million New Yorkers. Some evacuation centers have also changed.

In the event of a coastal storm, areas to be evacuated will be identified by the assigned zone.

Through the Know Your Zone campaign, City residents are encouraged to find out:

  •   Whether they live in one of the City's hurricane evacuation zones
  •   The hazards they may face from a hurricane
  •   How to prepare for a hurricane

Transportation Assistance

When the Mayor has issued an evacuation order due to a coastal storm or hurricane, people with disabilities or other access or functional needs, who have no other options to evacuate safely, can request transportation assistance.

Depending on your need, you will either be taken to: 

  •   An accessible evacuation center in an accessible vehicle, OR 
  •   A hospital outside of the evacuation zone via ambulance 

You may not be able to request transportation to a specific address.

Everyone in your household should have a Go Bag; a collection of things you would want if you have to leave in a hurry. Your Go Bag should be sturdy and easy to carry, like a backpack or a small suitcase on wheels. You'll need to customize your Go Bag for your personal needs.

Pack your Go Bag with the following items:

  • Bottled water and nonperishable food, such as granola bars
  • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof container (e.g., insurance cards, Medicare/Medicaid cards, photo IDs, proof of address, marriage and birth certificates, copies of credit and ATM cards)
  • Flashlight, hand-crank or battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries
  • List of the medications you take, why you take them, and their dosages
  • Contact information for your household and members of your support network
  • Cash, in small bills
  • Notepad and pen
  • Back-up medical equipment (e.g., glasses, batteries) and chargers
  • Aerosol tire repair kits and/or tire inflator to repair flat wheelchair or scooter tires
  • Supplies for your service animal or pet (e.g., food, extra water, bowl, leash, cleaning items, vaccination records, and medications)
  • Portable cell phone chargers
  • Other personal items

Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, including hand sanitizer, and face coverings for each person.

Keep enough supplies in the home to survive for up to seven days.

Include such items as:

  • One gallon of drinking water per person per day
  • Nonperishables, ready-to-eat canned foods, and a manual can opener
  • First-aid kit
  • Medications, including a list of the medications you take, why you take them, and their dosages
  • Flashlight or battery-powered lantern, battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries, or wind-up radios that do not require batteries
  • Glow sticks
  • Whistle or bell
  • Back-up medical equipment, if possible (e.g., oxygen, medication, scooter battery, hearing aids, mobility aids, glasses, facemasks, gloves)
  • Style and serial numbers of medical devices (such as pacemakers) and usage instructions

You can get tips on how to place and dispose of your sandbags.

Sandbag Placement

It may not be necessary to surround your entire property with sandbags. For most, focusing on doorways and drains may be enough to reduce flood impacts. Place the bags parallel to the direction of potential water flow.

If stacking them, tamp down on the bags before placing the next row. Don’t place each bag right on top of the one below it; instead, stagger them.

Sandbag Disposal

Sandbags that have been exposed to floodwater need to be disposed of immediately and not reused. Floodwater may contaminate sandbags. Wear protective equipment when handling sandbags that have been exposed.

Do not allow sand to wash into catch basins, which will potentially clog them and make flooding worse in the future.

Sand that has not gotten wet can also be used as topsoil or general fill material.

The City has installed Coastal Evacuation Route signs in parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. These signs help direct residents who will be driving personal vehicles to Evacuation Reception Centers in the event of a coastal storm evacuation.

You can get maps detailing potential hurricane evacuation zones and routes in New York City.

Get hurricane preparation resources, including maps and guides.

During a coastal storm or hurricane, an evacuation order may be issued for those living in hurricane evacuation zones.

If the City issues an evacuation order, evacuate as directed. Allow additional travel time and consider your needs.

Evacuate early if you rely on elevators to get out of your building. Elevators may be out of service and may not be available at all times.

If an emergency requires you to evacuate or prevents you from staying at home, consider going to a hotel, a friend or relative’s home or a shelter. If you go to an emergency shelter, wear a face covering and keep physical distance between yourself and other people.


If you are a pet owner, shelter your pet at a kennel or with friends or relatives outside the evacuation area.

If you are unable to do so, pets are allowed at all City shelters. Please bring supplies to care for your pet, including food, leashes, a carrier, and medication. Bring supplies to clean up after your animal. Only legal pets will be allowed. Service animals are always allowed. For more information on pet emergency planning, please review Ready New York: My Pet’s Emergency Plan.


Emergency shelters will be set up in schools, City buildings, and places of worship.

Shelters provide basic food, water, and supplies but you should be prepared to bring special equipment and items that you may need, including:

  • Oxygen tanks
  • Mobility aids
  • Batteries

Family members or members of your emergency support network can come with you to a shelter.

Shelters are subject to change depending on the emergency. 

Get information about hurricane evacuation zones, including evacuation centers.

The Ready New York: My Emergency Plan + Hurricanes and New York City is an interactive workbook designed to help New Yorkers, especially those with disabilities and access and functional needs, create an emergency plan. 

My Emergency Plan walks users through:

  • Establishing a support network
  • Capturing important health information 
  • Evacuation planning
  • Gathering emergency supplies
  • How to prepare for a hurricane, including a map detailing hurricane evacuation zones and routes in New York City

The Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City guide is now included in the My Emergency Plan workbook.

The workbook is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Urdu
  • Yiddish


Download Ready New York: My Emergency Plan.

By Mail

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) to request a paper copy.

Bulk Requests of More than 50 Copies

Requests for more than 50 copies must be made either by e-mail using the "Contact NYCEM" link on NYC Emergency Management's website OR by writing to:


Contact NYC Emergency Management.

By Mail

Ready NY Coordinator
NYC Emergency Management
165 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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