13 Tips To Do During Our Current Rain Flood State Of Emergency (Updates)

September 29, 2023

During rainstorms floods and state emergencies like we’re currently having from Harlem to the Hudson, safety should be your top priority.

Here are some things we have to consider to keep us safe and sure:

  1. Stay Informed: Keep updated with weather reports, emergency alerts, and information from Harlem authorities through the radio, TV, or official government websites and apps.
  2. Stay Indoors: Avoid going outside unless it’s absolutely necessary. Flooding can lead to dangerous conditions, including fast-moving water and downed power lines.
  3. Prepare an Emergency Kit: Have a stocked emergency kit ready, including non-perishable food, water, a flashlight, batteries, first-aid supplies, and essential medications.
  4. Charge Your Devices: Ensure your cell phone and other electronic devices are fully charged. Consider a portable charger or power bank.
  5. Move Valuables to Higher Ground: Elevate valuable items, important documents, and family heirlooms to a higher floor or secure them in waterproof containers (Harlem has basements plan accordingly).
  6. Stay in Touch: Keep in touch with family and neighbors, especially if you have elderly or vulnerable neighbors who may need assistance.
  7. Evacuate if Necessary: If Harlem authorities issue evacuation orders, follow them promptly. Have a planned evacuation route and destination in mind.
  8. Stay Out of Flooded Areas: Do not walk or drive through floodwaters. It’s challenging to gauge the depth and flow, and there may be hidden hazards.
  9. Turn Off Utilities: If you’re advised to evacuate, turn off the gas, electricity, and water in your home to prevent accidents.
  10. Listen to Official Instructions: Follow instructions and advice from Harlem emergency services and authorities. They are there to keep you safe.
  11. Monitor Your Harlem Home: If you’re staying in your home, regularly check for leaks or flooding. Have sandbags or flood barriers ready if you have them.
  12. Prepare for Disruptions: Be ready for power outages. Have flashlights, candles, and a battery-operated radio on hand.
  13. Stay Coool and Calm: It’s easy to get anxious during a state of emergency, but staying calm and focused will help you make the best decisions.

New News (updated frequently)

  • There is currently no service on the Harlem Line between North White Plains and Valhalla.
  • Following a prior closure, all lanes of FDR Drive have reopened at E 88th Street in Manhattan. Expect residual delays.



  • For more information, please visit www.mta.info/mnr

Remember that safety is paramount during emergencies. Always follow the guidance and instructions of local authorities, and be prepared to adapt to changing conditions.

Please be careful.

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