Alert issued 8/2/17 at 5:29 PM. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for The Bronx and Manhattan until 6:45 PM. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of urban areas, highways, streets, and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground. For the latest information, visit: http://www.weather.gov/nyc. If you lose power and have a disability or access needs, or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1. Residential oil tanks in flooded basements may leak or rupture. If you suspect an oil spill in your home, call the NYSDEC Spill Hotline at (800) 457-7362. For more information on home heating oil spills, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8428.html#response or call 311.
Notification issued 7/12/17 at 12:45 PM. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for New York City until 6:00 PM Thursday, 7/13. These conditions are dangerous to health. Avoid strenuous activity. People without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk. For more information, please visit: www.weather.gov/okx/.
Take Steps To Be Healthier This Men’s Health Month
This Men’s Health Month, we’re gathering up the resources that you need to help you and your family take steps toward better health. Boys and men in the United States, on average, die 5.6 years earlier than women and die at higher rates from nine of the top 10 leading causes of death. Start today, and encourage others to join you!
Get a “cheat sheet” for men’s cancer screenings
Check out a PDF of nutrition and diet tips.
Learn more about staying healthy at any age.
Find more resources for men’s health including mental health.
Notification issued 5/5/17 at 3:00 PM. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will conduct an emergency exercise at the World Trade Center (WTC) on Saturday, 5/6, from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM. There will be an increased presence of emergency personnel around the facility before, during and after the exercise. Operations at WTC will not be impacted during this time. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/2pdikX5.
The Citizen app notifies you when a crime or other major incident is reported to 911 near you. It allows for the live-streaming of incidents, giving you complete transparency of your neighborhood around you. In New York City alone, there are nearly 10,000 calls to 911 each and every day. Many of these are for life-threatening emergencies or crimes occurring with thousands of people around.
On October 26, 2016, we released a prototype of our technology that we named Vigilante, available on the iPhone. Alongside the app, we published a dramatized video showing an assault incident thwarted by a group of people using the app.
The response was overwhelming; within 48 hours we had downloads and in-app requests for service in all 50 states, in addition to dozens of countries around the world. The importance and need for this app was quickly validated.
But the name Vigilante also created a distraction for some people. And for some, we left the impression that it was encouraged for average, untrained users of the app to race towards any given crime scene.
Vigilante was soon removed from the App Store for a violation of Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines, with concerns centered around user safety.
This was a good thing. We needed to make some changes.
Our mission has always been to build safer communities through transparency. With the learnings from our first launch, and a renewed determination towards our mission, we have made a series of important changes.
- The name is now Citizen. This more accurately communicates our mission, and we have entirely rebranded the app.
- We have reinforced our focus on safety. We built this app to create safety; any reckless or dangerous behavior will not be tolerated. Our in-app messages now more strongly communicate this, and the terms of service have also been updated to reflect this policy.
- Our network has broadened. We have incorporated advice from, and are now in active communication with, officials from the City, representatives from the New York Police Department, and a variety of community leaders.
We are proud to announce we are launching on both iOS and Android as Citizen.
Summary – Strong Winds to Diminish this Evening.
- The strongest winds of the day will begin to subside around 6 PM.
- Current sustained winds are between 25-35 mph, with gusts of 35-45 mph.
- Isolated gusts of 45-50 mph are possible until around 6 PM.
- Tonight, winds continue to diminish, with sustained wind speeds of 10-20 mph, and gusts around 25 mph.
- Winds should become calm by daybreak tomorrow.
- There is a 30% chance of a light wintry mix early Friday morning. Northern sections of the City would be more likely to receive precipitation.
- This event is not currently anticipated to result in frozen accumulation.
- The strongest winds of the day begin to subside around 6 PM.
- Wind speeds gradually diminish as the night progresses.
- Winds become calm by daybreak tomorrow.
- Should a wintry mix impact part or all of the City on Friday, it is expected to begin between 5 AM and 9 AM. Uncertainty remains as to the exact timing and likelihood of this event.
TEMPERATURES (High/Low) and WIND CHILLS
Today: 39/20 – Daytime wind chills of 25-30 degrees, overnight wind chills between 10-15 degrees.
Thursday: 43/32 – Daytime wind chills between 10-20 degrees.
- The current Wind Advisory remains in effect until 8 PM this evening.
- Tonight’s Wind Advisory may be extended by an hour or two if warranted.
Notification issued 3/21/17 at 3:00 PM. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will conduct an emergency exercise at the World Trade Center (WTC) on Wednesday, 3/22, from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM. There will be an increased presence of emergency personnel around the facility before and during the exercise. Operations at WTC will not be impacted during this time.
Notification issued 3/14/17 at 5:05 PM. Following prior suspensions, MTA has announced the following mass transit restorations: – LIRR service continues to operate on a normal schedule with scattered delays – Staten Island Railway service has resumed as of 3:15PM this afternoon, 3/14 – MTA subway above-ground service will resume at 6PM tonight, 3/14 – Metro-North will resume limited hourly service starting at 6PM tonight until 11PM on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines. There will be no branch service. Full Metro-North service will resume tomorrow morning, 3/15, per the regular weekday schedule. – MTA bus service will begin running normally at 5AM tomorrow morning, 3/15 – Express MTA subway service will begin operating normally at 7AM or earlier tomorrow morning, 3/15 – Access-a-Ride paratransit service has begun taking reservations for tomorrow’s commute Commuters should expect residual delays on all mass transit and visit www.mta.info for details. For more information, please see the following press release: http://on.ny.gov/2nkXad7