Frequent question: How are hurricane evacuation zones determined?

What is Zone B evacuation?

The four evacuation zones – A, B, C and D – represent areas where storm surge MAY go. Zone A is along the water and would typically be the first zone considered for evacuation. Depending on the storm scenario and surge expected, Zone B would be next, then C, and finally Zone D.

What does NYC storm zone 1 mean?

There are six hurricane evacuation zones, ranked by the risk of storm surge impact, with zone 1 being the most likely to flood. In the event of a hurricane or tropical storm, residents in these zones may be ordered to evacuate.

What does Zone D mean for hurricane?

The Zone D designation is used for areas where there are possible but undetermined flood hazards, as no analysis of flood hazards has been conducted. The designation of Zone D is also used when a community incorporates portions of another community’s area where no map has been prepared.

What does evacuation Level C mean?

Overview. Zone C is vulnerable to hurricane impacts. A large and/or powerful hurricane from the Gulf may require evacuations for surge and/or wind. Well constructed buildings may be safe in many circumstances.

Could a Category 5 hurricane hit NYC?

For a category five hurricane to hit New York City, it would have to form well to the south over a larger expanse of warm water. The hurricane would have to strengthen to levels that only a few hurricanes have ever reached – 175 mph or stronger somewhere east of the Bahamas.

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What do evacuation zones mean NYC?

ZONES** When a coastal storm is approaching, the City may order the evacuation of neighborhoods in danger of flooding from storm surge, starting with zone 1 and adding more zones as needed. Zones will be evacuated depending on life safety-related threats from a hurricane’s forecasted strength, track, and storm surge.

What do NYC flood zones mean?

Flood Zone

A geographic area characterized by its risk of flooding. For example, high-risk flood zones have a 1% chance of being flooded each year. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has five zones: VE zones, A zones, AE zones, AO zones, and X zones.

How do I find evacuation routes?

The best way to get evacuation updates is to listen to the radio, the TV, or to call the state police. Dial 511 for evacuation information, or if you are disabled call 211 or the Easter Seals at 1-800-221-6827.

Where Are evacuation routes posted?

They should be in areas where emergency exits are not readily apparent and in well-lit spaces for employees to be able to see the map. It also might be helpful to post the evacuation maps close to high traffic doorways and exits as a constant reminder for employees.

What does evacuation route mean?

An evacuation route is a way to get out of a building if there is an emergency, such as a fire. A clear evacuation route is very important if there is a fire. In an emergency, the main evacuation route is through the front door.