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Let me start by thanking -- Callas are signer for the day thank you very much.
We are here at the evacuation shelter at Seward park high school one of the 76 evacuation shelters located in public schools around the city.
There are already more than ninety people here who've evacuated from homes in zone today and there are hundreds more and shelters across the city.
First I want to thank those for taking quick action to ensure their own safety and to make it easier for the rest of us.
When Farrell people here working.
They are gone just doing a phenomenal job.
And I'd like to give everybody a little more of an update on the city's preparations for hurricane sandy right now.
The forecast for a large and dangerous storm surge is the same as it was this morning.
-- earlier today -- signed an executive order for the mandatory evacuation of homes and businesses in the zone today.
Low flying coastal area of low lying coastal areas.
To reiterate what are the low lying areas zone and it includes Tony -- Manhattan Beach and -- -- and other areas along the East River in Brooklyn.
All of the Iraq -- ways and also Hamilton beach and drug channel and planes almost all the coastline of Staten Island.
City -- -- small patch of drugs snack and another patch of the F.
South -- battery Park City -- and stretches of the west side waterfront and on the lower east side and east village in Manhattan.
There are two maps on display some place there which we have we're we're trying to get.
Which we'll show you the areas -- on the day but.
The bottom line is the relative the other map shows the 76 evacuation centers -- you live -- on -- And have not yet evacuated to safer location out of the -- it's crucial what you do so as soon as possible.
Timing time is running out.
If you're not sure if you live in Arizona and find out by calling 311 are going to NYC Diageo anyway you can.
Find a map of the zones or -- your address into the zone finder.
-- -- finder it may be slow because we're just getting inundated with requests but just have some patience and hang on it does work.
And it will tell you where to go.
I can't stress enough that this is for your own safety.
And that if he refused to evacuate you're not only putting yourself at risk but also the first responders -- will have to assist you in an emergency.
Everyone must keep in mind.
Especially those -- sign of not yes.
Yes left that mass transit service is going to be suspended tonight the -- subway we'll run at 7 PM las buses will run at 9 PM.
There remain closed until further notice after.
The storm passes he -- not yet left zone today please do get to probably get to public transportation as soon as possible.
If you have friends or family you can stay with outside I was on the -- that's your best option.
If you live in zone today and don't have the option to stay with friends and family out of the zone shelters like the one we're in right now are available for your use.
There are 76 of them in public schools around the city and they are open fully staffed and fully supplied.
They provide a safe place to -- meals and you can also bring their pets you can find their locations.
By calling 311 or as I said.
The -- finder on NYC -- GOV if you're gonna use one of these shelters we strongly urge you to get -- -- public transportation.
And that has to be obviously as soon as possible but there really aren't facilities to park cars.
All of these shelters have at least one entrance -- for wheelchairs.
If you require further information.
You can also visit the OEM website or the website of the mayor's office of people with disabilities -- provide information.
About accessible transportation.
If you cannot evacuate herself in the assistance call 311.
And if you go to a shelter and use regular medication or require medical equipment like oxygen tanks be sure to bring them with you.
Also bring the name and contact information for your doctor if you need medical care.
Buses provided by the Department of Education have been sent to all -- 26.
Public housing developments -- on banks they are available to take the 45000.
Plus residents in these developments and dedicated shelters.
Lions have been posted in every one of these developments and -- -- staff is knocking on doors to alert residents about the mandatory evacuation.
And to let them -- the location of buses to shelters.
-- is also making calls to residents is telling them to leave the NYPD is making announcements on those in most developments.
And throughout zone today and loudspeakers in some of the squad cars.
Residents can also call through -- to find out where to get to those buses and to get help with evacuation.
As I said earlier let me remind you one more time 7 PM.
Subways stopped 9 PM buses and in the Niger housing 7 PM all -- -- -- 26 developments will be shut off.
Heat and hot water will also be shut off.
So if you live in one of those developments it's imperative that you get to a safe location out of zone today before that.
As was announced earlier today all public schools are closed tomorrow morning.
Monday all school based afterschool programs are closed tomorrow as well as our most other afterschool programs.
Let me give you some other updates on city operations.
Department of homeless services has enhanced street -- -- to encourage people on the street.
To seek shelter.
Street outreach will continue during the storm safety permitting.
Senior -- will be closed early on Monday -- remain closed on Tuesday the Coast Guard has closed New York Harbor beginning tonight and all cruise ships originally scheduled.
Her arrival Monday and --
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