1. Prepare for Hurricane Sandy. If you have yet to evacuate from Zone A areas, a list of local area shelters is available here.
If you are not in a potential flood plane, residents are still advised to stay indoors as much as possible during the storm to ensure safety.
In the event that other zones are evacuated, you may want to prepare a "Go Bag" with emergency items. New York State advises including "an extra set of house and car keys, credit and ATM cards, as well as cash, bottled water and nonperishable foods, a flashlight, battery-operated radio, first aid kit, and copies of important documents (photo ID, proof of address, insurance cards) in a waterproof portable container."
In the meantime, residents are encouraged to stock up on nonperishable foods and snacks should power outages occur across the metro area.
2. Conserve batteries and personal electronics. Hurricane Sandy might cause a blackout. In order to extend the life of your electronics, be sure to stock up on last-minute batteries and don't use personal electronics unless absolutely necessary.
3. All NYC schools are closed.
4. MTA subway and bus service has been suspended indefinitely. Stay with Patch for continuous reports on when service will be restored.
5. Alternate side parking is suspended. One of the very few benefits of a hurricane is that you do not need to move your car.
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