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Release # 2
8/27/2011  8:30 AM
GNYC Disaster Response
AYES Corps
Subject:  HURRICANE IRENE TOWARD NEW YORK CITY AREA
 
From:  Ruben Merino, director Adventist Community Services, Greater New York Conference
To:  All pastors and Churches within GNYC
GNYC Disaster Response Team is working hard to keep our congregations and communities informed about the storm's progress.
Our members will be in constant contact throughout the weekend, and will convene Monday morning to begin the process of assessing impacts.

STORM DETAILS: A Category 1 Hurricane is projected, with 40-74 MPH winds.
  • The National Weather Service has put the entire New York metropolitan area under a hurricane watch - which means that sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or more are forecast for Saturday evening through Sunday.
  • The current forecast is that Irene will reach the New York metropolitan area as a Category 1 storm. The ground speed of the storm has accelerated; gale-force winds of 40 MPH will reach us by 9 PM Saturday.
  • City officials do not yet know where the full brunt of the storm will be felt.
  • But in any case, Irene is going to hit New York City with very high winds and heavy rains Saturday night and all through Sunday. It's going to be a very dangerous storm, especially in low-lying areas of the city.
  • 6” to 10” of rain possible
 
GENERAL SAFETY TIPS: during the hurricane take the following precautions.
  • First, stay indoors.
  • Second, avoid being near glass windows. There's a risk of flying debris shattering windows, and that risk increases if you're in a high-rise, on the 10th floor or higher.
  • If you live in an apartment on the 10th floor or above, consider asking to stay in an apartment on a lower floor, as the risk of a window blowing out is greater on higher floors.
  • Don't stand or congregate in a glassed-in lobby or atrium.
  • As a precaution, fill a clean bathtub or sink with potable water. Many apartment buildings have basement or rooftop mechanical equipment, such as water towers, pumps, and water heaters, which may be damaged by flooding.
  • Immediately fill all Rx Prescriptions you'll need before next week.
  • Don't forget to plan for your pet's needs - food, water and bathroom breaks.
  • Protect the basement and valuable things from damage and flooding
  • Remove trash cans from the street
  • Remove AC units from windows
 
CAMP BERKSHIRE OPEN AS SHELTER
 
  • If you don’t have a place to go, Camp Berkshire is open.
  • Contact the Director Hector Perez. Cel516-306-7212 for reservations.
  • Make your own arrangements for food.
 
AYES CORPS COORDINATORS AND CENTERS
 
Long Island
Coordinator:  Kelvin Rivas
Center: Bay Shore Sp. Church
 
Queens
ACS office
 
Bronx and Manhattan
Coordinator: Walter Harris, Esteban Rosario
Centers:  North Bronx Church, Broadway Sp. Church
 
Brooklyn
Coordinator: Samuel Maxime
Center: Gethsemane Church
 
Upstate
Coordinator:  Lisa Gonzalez
Center:
 
MASTER GUIDES AND YOUTH LEADERS
 
We are planning to activate the Master Guides and youth Leaders, please contact Teddy Williamson and Angel Reyes.
 
 
We are going to continue posting updates on our accounts in facebook,  twitter, and in the official website gnyc.org
If you need help please contact us at:
Adventist Community Service Office: (718) 565-0850
Email: acsnydirector@hotmail.com
Facebook:  gnyc acs, Disaster Response - AYES Corps, Greater New York Conference
Twitter: @gnycacs
For more information please check the following sites:
www.nyc.gov/html/oem
www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OEM/index.html
www.nhc.noaa.gov/