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.
At the discretion of NYPD, the streets below may be closed on Saturday and Sunday between 12:01am to 11:59pm for the Formula-E NYC E-Prix as permitted by the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).
- Van Brunt Street between Summit Street and Water/Dead End
- Imlay Street between Summit Street and Pioneer Street
- Summit Street between Van Brunt Street and Imlay Street
- Conover Street between Pioneer Street and Water/Dead End
- Ferris Street between Clinton Wharf and Van Dyke Street
- Commercial Wharf between Bowne Street and Clinton Wharf
- Reed Street between Van Brunt Street and Conover Street
- Beard Street between Otsego Street and Conover Street
- Van Dyke Street between Otsego Street and Water/Dead End
- Barnell Street between Van Dyke Street and Water/Dead End
- Coffey Street between Otsego Street and Water/Dead End
- Dikeman Street between Van Brunt Street and Water/Dead End
- Wolcott Street between Van Brunt Street and Water/Dead End
- Sullivan Street between Van Brunt Street and Water/Dead End
- King Street between Van Brunt Street and Ferris Street
- Pioneer Street between Van Brunt Street and Conover Street
- Verona Street between Van Brunt Street and Commercial Wharf
- Commerce Street between Van Brunt Street and Commercial Wharf
- Bowne Street between Van Brunt Street and Commercial Wharf
- Richards Street between Coffey Street and Water/Dead End
- Dwight Street between Coffey Street and Beard Street
- Bay Street between Otsego Street and Columbia Street
- Sigourney Street between Otsego Street and Columbia Street
- Halleck Street between Otsego Street and Columbia Street
- Otsego Street between Bay Street and Halleck Street
- Columbia Street between Bay Street and Lorraine Street
- Atlantic Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and Court Street
- Court Street between Atlantic Avenue and Bay Street
- Smith Street between Bay Street and Union Street
- Union Street between Smith Street and 5th Avenue
- 5th Avenue between Union Street and Flatbush Avenue
- Flatbush Avenue between 5th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue
- 2nd Place between Smith Street and Court Street
- Hicks Street between Bay Street and Lorraine Street
- Lorraine Street between Hicks Street and Otsego Street
Detailed information on weekend street closures will be available on the DOT web site at on.nyc.gov/wkndtraf.
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.
Prepare for Hurricanes Now
- Know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
- Prepare before hurricane season starts. Pacific hurricane season starts May 15 and Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1.
- Create an emergency communication plan with your family before a hurricane.
- Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
- Check your insurance coverage, damages caused by flooding are not covered under normal homeowner’s insurance policies.
- Know your local community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes and how to receive alerts.
- Listen to local officials.
- Download the FEMA app to get weather alerts straight to your phone.
Promote Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 7-13 in your community
The Ready Campaign recommends using social media tools as a way to promote National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 7– May 13, as well as throughout hurricane season. You can either copy these messages directly or customize them to reach your audience.
Follow the National Weather Service Hurricane Preparedness Weekly Themes and promote content online and in person!
- Sunday, May 7th- Determine your risk
- Monday, May 8th- Develop an evacuation plan
- Tuesday, May 9th- Assemble disaster supplies
- Wednesday, May 10th- Secure an insurance check
- Thursday, May 11th- Strengthen your home
- Friday, May 12th- Check on Your Neighbor
- Saturday, May 13th- Complete your written hurricane plan
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.