Governor Cuomo declares state of emergency in preparation for Irene

In preparation for the potential impact of hurricane Irene, Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency.

According to an official statement, Cuomo and his administration have been working with Mayor Bloomberg as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service to discuss the potential tracks of the storm.

“I urge New Yorkers to personally prepare for hurricane conditions and to cooperate with emergency officials if needed. By working together, we will all be able to face this storm in a calm and organized manner,” Cuomo said on Thursday afternoon.

Pat Sallin, a member of the Manhattan 6 Stuy Midtown CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), has recommended that community residents prepare for the possibility that they may be stuck at home for a while and make sure they have enough food and water as well as a go-bag at the ready.

Tips for preparedness and info on Irene’s whereabouts can be found on the city Office of Emergency Management website.