The Most Thorough Hurricane Notice a NYC Building Has Ever Issued

08.25.11 Bucky Turco

While most of us live in crappy, overpriced apartments with no amenities and zero chance of ever seeing a landlord in person—unless the rent is late—other New Yorkers kick back in nice buildings where the tenants are abundantly cared for, especially if a hurricane like Irene is on its way.

A tipster sent in an email they received from the Solaire, a residential complex in “the heart of Battery Park City,” that included the official hurricane preparedness pamphlet from NYC’s Office of Emergency Management. Doesn’t the concern just ooze out?

In anticipation of Hurricane Irene we would like to bring to your attention following:

We have been advised by the National Weather Service and Office of Emergency Management that Hurricane Irene has the potential to produce flooding rains, high winds, downed trees (on houses, cars, power lines, etc) and widespread power outages. Significant impacts along the immediate coast include high waves, surge and beach erosion
Because of the heavy rain and high winds that are expected from the Hurricane, we have been asked to advise tenants to be especially careful to keep windows closed during this time and give us access to the terrace to check for any flooding. This is particularly important if you are going to be out of the apartment during this time. If you have any issues with your windows, please enter a Work Order through BuildingLink or by contacting the Front Desk.

Also, to follow up on the emergency training we had a few months ago here are some important updates and take aways from the meeting:

Attached please find information from Office of Emergency Management regarding Hurricanes and New York City. You may also find more information to the OEM website at nyc.gov/oem.

Attached is information on Notify NYC. This is a service offered by the city of New York that delivers important information about events and city services. Registration is free and you can sign up now at www.nyc.gov/notifynyc or by calling 311. We have also added other guides from OEM that help prepare your home for an emergency.

Another great organization that we would like to introduce is the Battery Park City Community Emergency Response Team. CERT organizes members of the community who have special skills to form a response team in event of an emergency. A 27 hour FEMA course is required to become a CERT member. The application is attached.

We would also like you to share this information with your families and also suggest if you have a nanny, maid, or anybody else who has interaction with your apartment that you provide them with this information as well.
The FDNY’s website is an excellent source for documentation on many different Fire Safety issues that help prevent fires.

At this time, we recommend you review your contact and emergency contact information on your BuildingLink profile or at the concierge desk. If any residents have any special needs and would require additional assistance during a building emergency please let the concierge know as this helps prepare for these types of situations.