KEEP YOUR WINDOWS CLOSED
This might seem like a no-brainer, but we're going to tell you anyway. Before the storm hits, make sure your windows are securely closed and if you have anything on your fire escape, balcony or other outdoor area, bring it inside. During the hurricane, stay as far away from your windows as you can and if you're worried about their structural integrity, you might even want to board them up.
GET TO HIGHER GROUND
We New Yorkers are known to be brave, but sometimes the smart thing to do is to just abandon ship. As you can see from this evacuation map of the city, many areas (in white) are going to be okay in terms of flooding, but to be on the safe side, carefully examine the entire map here or call 311 to get the scoop on whether it’s safe for you to stay in your home during the storm. If you live above the 10th floor in an apartment building, you should also plan to stay with family or friends.
CRANK IT UP
When inclement weather strikes, keeping on top of the news is of the utmost importance, but storms are also notorious for causing power outages that make it impossible to watch the news – cruel irony! Well guess what? You can beat the game by having a hand crank radio on hand. It doesn’t matter if your electricity is totally out (speaking of which, having a hand crank flashlight around would probably be nice as well), as long as you or a loved one have the strength to muster up a few twists of a handle, you’ll be in the know about evacuations and breaking news. Hopefully, you already own one of these uber-useful radios, but if not check for them at your local Brookstone (here is a list of locations in NYC), or other electronics store.