You can get information about hurricane evacuation zones.

Hurricane evacuation zones are areas that may be affected by storm surge flooding. 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

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.

Use the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder to see if you're in an evacuation zone.

Pack your Go Bag with the following items:

  • Bottled water and non-perishable food, such as energy or granola bars
  • Child care supplies or other special care items
  • Contact and meeting place information for the household and a small regional map
  • Copies of important documents (insurance cards, birth certificates, deeds, photo IDs) in waterproof, portable container 
  • Credit and ATM cards and cash, especially in small denominations (keep $50 to $100 on hand)
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries or wind-up radio that does not need batteries
  • Medication for at least one week and other essential personal items (keep a list of medications for each member of the household)
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes, lightweight rain gear and a Mylar blanket

Keep enough supplies in the home to survive for at least three days.


  • One gallon of drinking water per person per day
  • Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned food
  • Manual can opener
  • First-aid kit
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Flashlight
  • Battery operated AM/FM radio
  • Extra batteries

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.

The Ready New York: My Emergency Plan is an interactive workbook designed to help New Yorkers, especially those with special 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 workplan is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Russian
  • Haitian Creole
  • Italian
  • Korean


Download Ready New York: My Emergency Plan.

By Mail

Call 311 to request a paper copy.

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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