Hurricane Joaquin Update

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The Advance Warning System (AWS) disseminates information to New Yorkers with disabilities and access and functional needs through their service providers. Please share the important information below with your clients and other agencies or individuals to empower them to make informed decisions:

Greetings AWS Partners,

The following information is designed to keep you updated on the current weather situation including Hurricane Joaquin and how you can prepare for a coastal storm. NYC Emergency Management is closely monitoring this storm and will continue to communicate using the Advance Warning System as more information develops.

The New York City region is expected to experience heavy rain, flooding and strong winds starting Thursday night. This severe weather could continue through the weekend. The impact is expected to be greatest in coastal areas.

Separately, Hurricane Joaquin's highly unpredictable path is being monitored closely. According to the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Joaquin has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane. The City is actively engaged with partner agencies at all levels of government, as well as the nonprofit and private sectors in preparation should the storm arrive. The most current Information about Hurricane Joaquin can be found on the National Hurricane Center's website.

There is no evacuation at this time, but we recommend continuing to reach out to all your vulnerable clients and suggest they take steps to be prepared, including refilling prescription medications, buying water and nonperishable foods and completing other important activities in anticipation of the inclement weather. Information about hurricane preparedness, including information about New York City hurricane evacuation zones, can be accessed by visiting or by calling 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115).

We will send additional Advance Warning System messages about this storm as it gets closer.

We recommend that everyone:

  • Take special care when traveling due to potential for high winds.
  • Try to avoid walking and driving through flooded areas.
  • Be aware of the possibility of falling tree limbs.
  • Avoid areas that may contain construction and other debris.
  • Take precautionary steps, should there be power outages in areas with above ground power lines.

Please share this information with your clients and staff. Report downed branches and power outage-related issues by calling 311.

NYCEM Human Services Unit:

Human Services ESF List email distribution list (sends to all listed below)

Christopher Pagnotta
Advance Warning/Community Outreach Specialist
Cell: 347-578-1485

Johanna Conroy
Director of Human Services
Cell: 917-662-3295

Jay Brandt
Deputy Director, Human Services
Cell: 646-596-3147

Marianne Jackson
Special Needs Liaison
Cell: 646-879-7232

Eli Fresquez
Senior Human Services DAFN Planner
Cell: 347-386-0389

Cynthia Barton
Disaster Housing Recovery Program Manager
Cell: 917-468-2768

Jonas Ballreich
Human Services Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Cell: 347-374-1058

Marnie Suss
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 917-468-1728

Annette Santiago
Assistant Commissioner of Human Resources
Cell: 347-534-7028

Sonia Ajwani
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 646-628-7684

Elizabeth Angeles
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 646-628-7754

October 01, 2015