Notification issued 10/8/17 at 9:00 AM. In celebration of the Columbus Day holiday, two parades will take place in Manhattan. – Sunday, 10/8: Hispanic Columbus Day parade between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM, along 5th Avenue between East 43rd Street and East 78th Street. – Monday, 10/9: Columbus Day Parade between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, along 5th Avenue from East 47th Street to East 78th Street. Expect traffic delays, road closures, and large crowds in these areas during parade times.
Notification issued 8/11/17 at 5:45 PM. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will conduct an emergency response exercise in the Lincoln Tunnel from 11:30 PM Friday (8/11) through 7:00 AM Saturday (8/12). The drill will not impact traffic, but there will be an increased presence of emergency personnel in the surrounding area during and after the exercise.
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.
During a heat wave, health care providers should:
Be aware of the increased risk of heat-related illness among: older adults, people with chronic physical health conditions; serious psychiatric, cognitive or developmental disorders that impair judgement or self-care; and those taking medications that can impair thermoregulation. • Instruct at-risk patients to use home air conditioners or go to air-conditioned places during hot weather, and stay well-hydrated. • Consider reaching out to your most vulnerable patients and encourage social contacts and caregivers to help them stay cool and well-hydrated. Report deaths where heat exposure was the direct cause or a contributing factor to the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 212-447-2030 immediately.
The National Weather Service has forecast very hot weather and has issued a heat advisory starting on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 and continuing through Friday, July 21, 2017. The current forecast calls for high temperatures and humidity producing heat indices in 95-97 range. These weather conditions can cause heat stroke and exacerbate chronic medical conditions, and may lead to severe complications and death. Heat waves such as this one that last for several days can be more dangerous to health. Air conditioning is the most effective protection for at-risk patients during extreme heat.
Risk Factors for Heat Stroke Death
Certain individuals are at increased risk for heat-related illness and death (see checklist). In addition, most hyperthermia victims are overcome by heat in their own homes and do not have or use air conditioners; fans do not provide sufficient cooling during extremely hot weather. Fans should only be used when the air conditioning is on or windows are open, and at night to bring in cooler air from outside.
Prevent Heat-related Illness and Death
- Advise at-risk patients to use their air conditioners or go to air conditioned places and limit outdoor activity especially during the hottest part of the day. Cooling centers will be open to New Yorkers on days that the heat advisory is in effect. To find a cooling center in New York City during a heat wave, call 311 or go to www.nyc.gov/oem. • Suggest setting air conditioners to 78°F to provide comfort while keeping electricity bills lower and conserving energy. • Advise at-risk patients to increase fluid intake during hot weather. • Recommend self-monitoring, such as bodyweight measurement, to monitor hydration for patients with health conditions sensitive to fluid balance or among those using medications that can impair thermoregulation or cause dehydration. • Engage caregivers, family members and support networks to check frequently on at-risk patients, especially those who cannot care for themselves, to assist them in staying cool and well hydrated before and during hot weather. • Be alert to the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness or exacerbation of chronic medical conditions. For more information on heat illness, visit www.nyc.gov/health/heat. • Immediately report deaths where heat exposure is suspected as the direct cause or a contributing factor to the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at 212-447-2030.