As you may remember if you were here
during Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, all of Battery Park City is located in what NYC has designated as
Evacuation Zone 1, which has a high probability of being subject to a mandatory evacuation order if a
hurricane or similar storm ventures too close to NYC. Neighboring areas are in Zones 2, 3 and 4, which
are less likely to be evacuated. If you have doubts regarding which zone you live in, check out
the zone finder on the NYC OEM website.
The NYC OEM website had several useful guides available on-line, providing guidance for how to deal with a hurricane. The OEM guide for evacuating with pets is attached.
The animal rescue organization, RedRover, also has useful Pet Disaster Preparation tips on its website.
If an evacuation order is issued, Zone 1 residents will need to find shelter in a non-evacuation zone, so you should be making plans ahead of any evacuation order. Please be aware that public transportation may be shut down by the time an evacuation order is issued, which would make it difficult to evacuate very far if you wait until the last minute.
The BPC Dogs email server is located in Gateway Plaza, so we may lose email connectivity during a storm.
It is imperative that if you are told to evacuate with your pets, that you do so immediately. A shelter is a last resort since you would be separated from your pets. If you have no other choice, the ASPCA Disaster Response Training Manual for Volunteers states that you will need the following for each pet you bring to a shelter: