Courtesy Pete Brady
NEW YORK CITY — As Hurricane Harvey batters Texas and different Gulf Coast states, New York Metropolis emergency planners are holding monitor of the devastation there and persevering with to refine their very own evacuation measures with classes discovered from previous disasters right here.
The town of Houston, which noticed dozens of individuals die in 2005 in the course of the evacuation for Hurricane Rita, didn’t order an evacuation forward of Harvey.
“The native officers — we have been all on the identical web page that to attempt to transfer 6.5 million individuals two or three days earlier than this hurricane was scheduled to land would have put extra individuals in peril,” Mayor Sylvester Turner informed NPR.
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New York Metropolis has ordered its personal hurricane evacuations — however they do not all the time go as deliberate.
Residents have been ordered to evacuate throughout Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, however a lot of the residents in what was then Zone A, (and is now referred to as Zone 1 beneath an expanded evacuation map) did not depart, in line with a Division of Well being research.
In New York Metropolis, which is a extra compact metropolis than Houston, the map of evacuation zones has been divvied up into six areas fairly than three to raised goal the necessity. Metropolis officers attempt to persuade residents to go away by explaining the specter of a storm surge dashing into neighborhoods and creating hazardous circumstances for rescuers.
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Hospitals and nursing houses stay among the many highest considerations.
“One of the troublesome selections is once you’re shifting probably the most medically fragile people,” Megan Pribram, Assistant Commissioner, Planning and Preparedness on the Workplace of Emergency Administration, informed DNAinfo New York.
Throughout Sandy, after session with state officers, the town determined that greater than forty nursing and grownup houses wouldn’t evacuate in the course of the storm. Almost 30 of these amenities flooded severely, and it took days for the hundreds of residents to be evacuated, in response to the New York Occasions.
When evacuating well being care amenities, officers coordinate with the state’s well being division to seek out beds and amenities for residents, Pribram stated. Hospitals throughout the town put together to tackle coastal sufferers by canceling…