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Information for homeowners and businessowners

Preparedness for Homeowners and Building Owners

The links and resources below are a compilation of recommendations for how home and business owners can prepare their buildings for weather emergencies, natural disasters, and power outages. There are also resources for communicating information about these events to tenants.

Determine Whether Your Property is in a Flood Zone or Hurricane Evacuation Zone.
NYC OEM Resources
NYC Hazards: Hurricane Evacuation Zones
Learn about NYC's six hurricane evacuation zones and hurricane safety tips.
NYC OEM Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder
Use this mobile-friendly program to determine whether you live in a hurricane evacuation zone.

FEMA Resources
FEMA Floodsmart
Visit the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program for information on flooding and flood risks .
FEMA Flood Hazard Data for New Jersey and New York
Get information on the flood risks in your area, and what steps you can take to build safer and stronger structures.
Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Data
Find flood Insurance Rate Map data for residents of New York City and surrounding areas.
Preliminary FIRMs: Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to common questions about FIRMs, including how they are used, who develops them, and how they affect insurance rates.
FEMA Flood Map Update Information
Follow the flood map update process for NYC's Effective FIRMS.
FEMA Resources & Maps from NYC Recovery
Get more information on FEMA’s new Preliminary FIRMs for NYC, as well as a report of the city’s flood hazard.

Advisory Base Flood Elevations
"What is my base flood elevation?" Address Lookup Tool (FEMA)
Enter your address to view effective and updated flood risk information for your location.
Advisory Base Flood Elevations - Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to common questions about Advisory Base Flood Elevation -- a collection of data based on FEMA coastal studies.

Protect your home or business against flooding or other damage.
General Hazards
NYC Hazards
Find information on the various hazards that affect NYC and learn how to protect your home or business against them.
Learn about Mitigation and Retrofitting (NYC Recovery)
Learn about mitigation and building resiliency steps you can follow to protect your home.
Reduce Your Risk From Natural Disasters (FEMA)
View low-cost mitigation measures to protect yourself, your home, and your business from severe weather.
Protect Your Property or Business from Disaster
Get information from FEMA concerning how to protect your business or property from various hazards.

Department of Buildings Resources
Protect your home from winter weather
Learn how to protect your home from winter weather with information from the NYC Department of Buildings.
Protect your home from summer weather
Learn how to protect your home from summer weather with information from the NYC Department of Buildings.
Properly install your window-mounted air conditioner
Learn how to safely install and maintain a window-mounted air conditioning unit.

Protect Against Flooding
NYC Hazards: Flooding
View NYC flooding hazard information.
Ready New York: Flooding Guide
Read this Ready New York brochure about the risks of floods in NYC.
Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage (FEMA)
Learn about flood-protective design of utility systems for new buildings, and modification to utility systems in existing buildings.

Protect Against Earthquakes
A collection of FEMA publications for individuals and homeowners on how to protect your home or business against earthquakes.
View this collection of documents from FEMA related to earthquake hazard mitigation.
Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damange - A Practical Guide 4th ed.
Read the latest edition of one of the files contained in the above portfolio.

Health and Safety Precautions to Follow During and After an Emergency
When There's a Flood: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Health and Safety
Learn how to minimize damage to your home if you need to evacuate, and how to protect your health when you return.
Electric Safety: What You Need to Know
Read essential electric safety rules and information from Con Edison to be followed in the event of a flood.
Power Problems? Let Con Ed Know
Discover what causes power outages, and how and when to contact Con Ed in the event of a power outage.
Flood Fire Safety
Get information on fire-related hazards that may be present during and after a flood.

Information and Communication for Homeowners and Building Owners in NYC
Your source for New York City Government services.
Required Tenant Communication
Learn what information a residential building owner is requried to post in the event of an emergency.
Notify NYC
Get information directly from New York City about emergency events and important City services.
Are you a business owner? CorpNet provides business partners with current, accurate information about emergencies.
My Emergency Plan
Fill out this comprehensive emergency plan workbook from Ready New York. It contains space for emergency contacts.
Emergency Reference Card
Fill out and keep this small reference card with you to always have emergency contact information close at hand.

Should equipment be required to support services in your building following an emergency, the City recommends that the property owner seek professional advice on the equipment appropriate for usage needs. Check your local Yellow Pages or conduct an internet search for local vendors within your community, as well as vendors outside of your community in case your immediate area is affected by an emergency. Be sure to follow safety guidelines.

For more information about evacuation or how to protect your property in the event of an emergency, call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115) or visit 311 online.