Mayor Bloomberg has called for a mandatory evacuation of all city residents in coastal areas, including Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens, and areas of Staten Island.
“We’ve never done a mandatory evacuation before. but this is a serious storm,” the mayor said. “We need to prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” and warned, “This is very serious. Do not be fooled by the sun outside.”
All residents who live in Zone A have been ordered to evacuate, and residents of Zones B and C are asked to proceed with caution.
New York police officers will be tasked with going down city streets in the evacuated areas to warn residents of the evacuation.
“This is a mandatory evacuation order. It’s done for people’s safety. I think the vast majority of people recognize just how serious this and follow the order and evacuate. We do not have the manpower to go door-to-door and drag people out of their homes. But make no mistake, people should and need to leave. Now technically, ignoring the evacuation order would be a violation of law, a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to $500 and 90 days in jail. Nobody is going to get fined, nobody is going to go jail, but if you don’t follow this, people might die,” the mayor said.
He added, “This is nothing to take lightly. We can joke about this on Monday morning. Until then it is a matter of life of death.”
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