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,

NYC Emergency Management continues to closely monitor Hurricane Joaquin and has put extensive plans in place to deal with the possible effects of the storm on New York City. The latest National Hurricane Center forecast track has Hurricane Joaquin passing well off the eastern coast of the United States through early next week. The current forecast shows no direct impact to New York City.

"The forecast confidence in Hurricane Joaquin maintaining an offshore track continues to increase. Although we are not expecting direct impacts from Joaquin, fringe effects including high surf, beach erosion and minor tidal flooding remain possible even with the storm passing offshore," said Gary Conte, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service's New York Forecast Office.

As a result, NYC Emergency Management is adjusting its emergency plans regarding opening shelters and conducting possible evacuations to match the forecast. NYC Emergency Management will continue to have enhanced staffing in place to respond or preempt any potential impacts.

Please continue to monitor Notify NYC and local media for the latest information. For more information on the storm's track, and the latest forecast, please visit the National Hurricane Center's website at, or the National Weather Service at

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 02, 2015