It was slipped into brief late-night remarks, so that you almost might’ve missed it: ”The one thing that we had not counted on, New York University’s hospital backup power, in spite of them making sure, ensuring us that it’s been tested, has stopped working,” admitted Mayor Bloomberg. “And we’re working with them to help move people out.”
He sounded so calm, it was almost hard to tell whether the evacuation of a major Manhattan hospital might be a serious cause for alarm.
Mayor Bloomberg’s office has teamed with Google to create Hurricane Sandy: NYC. It’s a handy “crisis” map that links to the latest N.Y.C. Emergency Management alerts, various city-related Twitter accounts and advisories about Hurricane Sandy from the National Hurricane Center.
Residents may be particularly interested in the map’s color-coded evacuation zones–currently Zone A is under a mandatory evacuation order.
Here are Google’s tips on how to best use the map: