sites were open from
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
over the weekend and
will be open going
forward from 12:00
PM to 4:00 PM.
alone, 3,700 volunteers
coordinated by the
program – NYC
and partner agencies
distributed door to
door and at the 12
food and water distribution
centers and worked
to clean City parks.
City employees and
volunteers are going
door-to-door in the
to reach as many residents
as possible who are
will be kept open
for as long as is
needed, and no one
who shows up for food
and water will be
Each person can
take three meals and
five bottles of water
at these sites.
People should bring
their own bags to
carry their food and
Disaster Assistance Centers:
centers that provide
applying for emergency
social and economic
benefits are open.
are being operated
by the City’s
Human Resources Administration
in cooperation with
They will be open
from 10:00 AM to 7:00
PM, seven days/week.
Significant progress has been made in turning on power throughout the city. There are now approximately 145,000 customers still without power in the city, down from approximately 750,000.
The City has provided 40 emergency generators to hospitals, nursing homes, public housing developments, and other facilities throughout the city.
Anyone without power who is using candles for light should be extremely careful – do not leave them burning through the night and do not leave them unattended. The FDNY has responded to six fires started by candles this week.
Public schools will be open on Monday.
However, 65 schools definitely will not open on Monday.
57 schools that sustained damage from the storm. On Wednesday, the students from these 57 schools will attend class in alternative sites.
8 schools where emergency shelters are located.
29 schools are still without power and also will not open on Monday.
Parents can check on the status of their schools by:
In addition, the City is conducting extensive outreach to families, making 1.1 million robo-calls to parents; direct messages from principals and parent coordinators to parents; full page advisories in four of New York City’s newspapers; text messages to parents and families enrolled in the Department of Education’s texting program; and information to television and radio outlets.
Some schools may have power, but not heat so all children should be dressed appropriately for cool weather in the buildings.
96 percent of school buses will be running on Monday morning, though delays in transportation are expected due to the continued cleanup of roads.
A reserve of substitute teachers have been called up to ensure that all classrooms are covered.
New York City Housing Authority Developments:
The City has assessed all NYCHA housing in Zone A and have found no major long term structural issues.
17 individual developments, 106 buildings have no electrical power.
Staff installed generators to provide limited electrical power to the roof tank buildings at Baruch, LaGuardia, Rutgers and Fulton Houses necessary to restore water service.
Most NYCHA buildings flooded in the storm have been pumped dry.
NYCHA Flooding operations:
297 elevator pits were flooded, 231 (78%) are complete. 66 pits remain.
Elevators: the Elevator Bureau completed the inspection of elevators affected by the storm:
Hurricane Sandy caused 699 elevators to be out of service
480 elevators or 69% of the 699 elevators were repaired and restored to service.
Today, Navy and Marine “de-watering” teams joined the City’s efforts and assisted in pumping water out of NYCHA developments at Beach 41st Street, Hammel Houses, and Ocean Bay Apartments.
The Department of Buildings is inspecting 55,000 building in Zone A to ensure safety for New Yorkers.
Over 12,600 buildings have been inspected.
Buildings are being tagged with one of three color placards to indicate their safety:
Green: the building is structurally safe
Red: the building is not safe and may not be entered
Yellow: it can be occupied conditionally (i.e. one floor may be safe while another is not.) These conditions would be explained on the placard.
Building owners can also self-certify with the Department of Buildings.
The crane has been rotated and tethered to the building.
All buildings that have utilities can be reoccupied:
Both north and south sides of West 56th Street west of Seventh Avenue
South side of West 56th between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
Both north and south sides of West 57th Street west of Seventh Avenue
Both north and south sides of West 58th Street west of Seventh Avenue
Broadway between West 56th and 58th Streets both east and west sides
North side of West 58th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
Vehicular traffic will be opened on both West 56th and West 58th Streets and on Broadway tonight.
Trees and debris:
17,615 tree service requests have been made (downed trees or branches).
Of these requests, 11,602 were for trees down.
3,961 of these emergency tree conditions have been addressed (a mixture of trees down, hanging limbs and limbs down).
All parks and playgrounds were previously closed.
75 percent of parks have now been re-opened to the public.
15 recreation centers, 16 nature centers, 12 concessions and 1 cultural institution (the Cloisters Museum) will remain closed to the public until further notice.
Because of sewer system discharges during the hurricane, no one should go in the Hudson or East Rivers, New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay or Kill Van Kull, or on them in a canoe or kayak or for wind-surfing, until further notice.
Storm-related death count is 40.
Police are using the public address systems on department vehicles to inform residents in neighborhoods still without electricity that there are heating shelters available and how to get to them.
Crime during the week of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, from Monday, October 29ththrough Friday, November 2nd, declined in the City by 32 percent compared to the same week the year before.
Police continued to be deployed today to storm impacted areas by the thousands on extended tours of duty to provide security and recovery assistance.
NYPD Critical Response Vehicles officers normally assigned to counterterrorism duties escorted military vehicles in delivery of food and water to distribution centers throughout the city and helped the military with the delivery of approximately one million meals yesterday.
NYPD officers also delivered food and water to another 17 locations, many near public housing that had been identified by the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau.
There were no hypothermia calls overnight. EMS call volume is average.
In parts of lower Manhattan, three fires occurred in homes where stoves had been left on. People should make sure to turn off all appliances prior to return of electrical power.
FDNY special units are staffing at all designated Disaster Assistance Recovery Centers, providing assistance as needed - including in Rockaways where we will be assist LIPA and NYCHA during power restorations involving high capacity generators for some housing complexes.
New York City tap water is safe.
However, water in Breezy Point is not and should not be consumed in any way due to damage to the pipes in the area.
Bottled water is being provided to Breezy Point residents and is the only water that should be used by Breezy Point residents.
Donating and Giving
Cash donations to support these and other efforts can be made through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Learn more here: nyc.gov/fund
Cash donations are preferable to in-kind donations because the logistics of collecting and distributing those supplies are complex.
The Mayor’s Fund has raised $14.2 million donated by more than 3,500 people.
Giving blood is incredibly helpful right now. For more information visit: nybloodcenter.org.
The requirement to have three-people in vehicles travel on crossings into Manhattan was lifted on Friday. Normal regulations apply.
Alternate Side Parking Regulations are suspended citywide tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, to facilitate storm recovery efforts. Alternate Side Parking regulations also are suspended on Tuesday, November 6th, for Election Day.
Meters are in effect.
Service continues to improve in the city, though interruptions remain in some areas.
Verizon has also made significant progress in restoring much of its service in affected areas.
The City has a package of support for NYC businesses impacted by the storm:
Emergency loans of up to $25,000 for small and mid-sized businesses that have been interrupted as a result of the storm.
For larger businesses that were damaged, temporary City and State sales tax deferment on materials needed for rebuilding.
For businesses displaced from their locations, the City is offering temporary office space free of charge at the Brooklyn Army Terminal for the next 30 days. The City has identified more than 100,000 of square feet that will be made available, including 40,000 of city space at Brooklyn Army Terminal and approximately 50,000 square feet of space that private sector landlords have agreed to make available.
Loans up to $2 million are also available for business property losses not fully covered by insurance – and for businesses that have had cash flow problems caused by the storm and need funds to get back on their feet.
That applies to small businesses, agricultural co-ops, and most nonprofits, regardless of size.
Anyone affected by Sandy – homeowners, renters, and businesses – can apply for federal disaster assistance.
They can register at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the Federal Emergency Management agency at 1-800-621-3362.
Bellevue, New York Downtown, Manhattan VA, NYU Langone and Coney Island Hospitals have all been evacuated.
Beth Israel power was restored.
NY Downtown has steam power restored.
for the General population:
The City is tracking trends in health problems through electronic data from hospital emergency departments. While health problems generally peaked immediately after the storm and are now improving, the largest storm-related problem is people seeking medication because of an interruption in supply. There was one reported emergency room visit due to hypothermia on Saturday at noon, which was not life-threatening.
of shelters has
to 14 with one general
system will remain
open until evacuees
can return to their
homes or find short-term
The ban on exterior construction work imposed before the storm has been lifted.
The City is collecting garbage in all boroughs.
They are not collecting recycling.
Other information for the public:
Any food –
food – that
was touched by flood
water should be thrown
flood water may contain
sewage or other contamination.
Other items that
have been touched
by flood water should
be cleaned and disinfected.
This should be done
as soon as possible
to prevent mold growth.
is safe to drink,
except for Breezy
Do not use
generators or grills
Carbon monoxide poisoning
is a serious threat
when these devices
are used indoors.
be used outside and
kept away from windows
have and use battery-operated
carbon monoxide alarms.
They should test the
batteries if possible.
If someone experiences
weakness or the carbon
monoxide alarm sounds,
they should immediately
seek fresh air and
call the poison control
center at 212–POISONS
can also call 911,
since poisoning is
guides on carbon monoxide
poisoning and food
safety can be found