Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness for John Jay Students and Employees

This site provides information and links to help you know what to do when there is a Hurricane warning.


John Jay Information Phone Number and Website

During an emergency call 212-237-8000, the College’s main phone number or visit John Jay's homepage for up-to-date information for students and employees.

NYC Hurricane Zone and Information

New York City has the greatest likelihood of being hit by hurricanes from August through October. Areas most likely to be impacted have been divided by the city into zones, numbered 1 through 6. Zone 1 is at the highest risk for flooding during a storm surge. You can see a map of the zones and enter your address and zip code into the Evacuation Zone Map to find out if you are in one of the zones. Once you determine your evacuation zone, the system will inform you of the nearest evacuation shelters.

John Jay College is located in Zone 6, which means the college is at a very low risk for flooding during a storm surge. Certain John Jay facilities are often used by the city as an emergency shelter.

Evacuation Zone Map and Key

Zone map

Evacuation Zone

Zone 6






How to Track a Storm

Hurricane Watch - means that conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans. Get ready to act if a warning is issued, and stay informed.

Hurricane Warning - means that conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities

Visit the following websites National Hurricane Center or National Forecast Maps  and use the tools provided to monitor a storm or any inclement weather in your region.

Sign up for Emergency Alerts

1) Sign up for CUNY Alert to receive an email, text or voice alerts of emergencies or weather related closings for your campus via mobile or home phone and email. Sign up at CUNY Alert (

2) Sign up for Notify NYC, New York City's official source for information about emergency events and important city service provided by the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. Alerts can be received via email, text message, fax, blackberry PIN, and/or Instant Message. The following types of alert messages are available through Notify NYC: Emergency Alerts, Major Mass Transit Disruptions, School Notifications, Emergency Parking Suspension, Major Traffic Disruptions, Public Health Notifications, and Significant Events.

3) From your mobile phone, text "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) and you will receive a text message to download the hurricane tracking app to your iPhone or Android device or you can download the app directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores. The app helps you monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out.

4) If you have a smart phone, consider signing up for the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA). A free alert is sent to your cell phone automatically in the event of extreme weather, missing persons (AMBER) alerts, or national emergencies. Call your cell phone provider or consult to check if your phone is WEA-capable. Most major carriers in the U.S. participate in this program.

Be Prepared for an Emergency

In advance, discuss emergency plans with your household such as where you will go, what you will take and how you will communicate. The Office of Emergency Management suggests that you designate someone located out of state as a contact. Decide how you will communicate if phone lines are down. For example:

  • Designate a safe meeting place
  • Determine and make arrangements for where you need to stay
  • What mode of transportation and route you would take if you had to evacuate
  • Find out which shelters are available nearby
  • Take into account any elderly or disabled members of your household when developing the emergency plan. Don’t forget your pets!


Use My Emergency Plan provided by the NYC Office of Emergency Management to create your emergency plan.


Prepare an Evacuation “GO BAG” in Case you Need to Stay in a Shelter

Keep in mind that many shelters provide only food and water. Bring any necessities you may need. In the event of a hurricane, keep a bag packed with essential items ready to go, such as the following:

  • Toiletries
  • 7 day supply of medication/medical supplies taken regularly
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Emergency cash
  • Clothing, rain wear
  • Wireless phone with external battery that is fully charged
  • Maps
  • Important documents such as driver’s license, insurance policies, and your social security card.


For additional items to pack in your go bag, go to page 10 of:


Let your Family Know you are Safe and Look Up the Status Reports of Others

During a hurricane or any disaster, you can register at the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to let your friends and family know about your welfare. You can post messages about yourself and also search for information about others. You can update your status at any time. Register at or by calling 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.

Safe and Well


Shelter at Home Emergency Supply Kit

Sometimes during a hurricane, you may be advised to stay indoors until the inclement weather has passed. Since basements can become flooded, take shelter aboveground. Strong winds can break or shatter windows so stay away from them. Prepare for the possibility of losing power. Keep an emergency supply kit on hand in case you cannot leave your home.

Your Shelter At Home emergency supply kit should include the following items:

  • At least one gallon of drinking water per person
  • Non-perishable ready to eat canned food and a can opener
  • First-aid kit
  • Candle
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio
  • Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Wireless phone and charging equipment, including car charger
  • Medical equipment/devices
  • Moist towelettes
  • Garbage bags
  • Iodine tablets or 1 quart of unscented bleach for disinfecting water (if directed to do so by health officials) and eyedropper
  • Cash


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