Storm preparation message from Council Member Garodnick via the ST-PCV Tenants Association

The following message has been sent out via email by the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association.

Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village
Tenants Association

Important Message

from Council Member Garodnick On Storm Preparation


Dear Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town Neighbors:

I just spent the last few hours with our neighbors at Waterside Plaza, who happen
to live in Zone A, and are being evacuated.  While Peter Cooper and Stuyvesant Town
are in Zone B and not subject to mandatory evacuation, please remember that we are
right on the border of Zone A, making us particularly susceptible to storm surge.

The most immediate known effect will be the loss of steam, and thus, hot water.
Con Edison has indicated that it is going to cut off steam as a precaution.  This
will result in the loss of hot water until further notice.  This shutdown will not
affect cold water at this time.

I have spoken directly to the leadership at CW Capital, and they advise that they
have added additional personnel to the property to prepare for the storm.  They
also have implemented an emergency phone notification system. To add or update your
phone or email I encourage you to register at []

This email is designed to answer the most frequently asked questions from residents.


When will the storm hit?

As of the time of this email, the storm is still expected tomorrow, with the heaviest
rain occurring in the afternoon/early evening.  There is a flood watch in effect
from Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon. Stay tuned to the radio and TV for
updates.  Online, you can also monitor the latest official information from the
City at  []

When will I know if I need to evacuate?

Residents of Zone A – which does not include Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper —
are subject to a mandatory evacuation by order of the Mayor by 7:00 p.m. today.
Any further evacuations will be communicated on television, on radio, on the
website, as well as via the Office of Emergency Management’s “Notify NYC” system,

At this time, residents of Zone B (including Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper) are
not required to evacuate, but are encouraged to make contingency plans to stay with
friends or family further inland in case the storm worsens.  Some residents are
even acting on those plans in advance of the storm.  (Flooding in our area would
not be without precedent.)

If I need to leave my home, where should I go?

If you are subject to a mandatory evacuation, you should try to stay with a friend
or family member who lives outside the flood zones.  (Residents in mandatory evacuation
zones are required to leave their homes by 7:00 p.m. today).  The city evacuation
centers are also available to you.

Where is the nearest evacuation center, and when will it open?

The nearest evacuation center for Stuyvesant Town / Peter Cooper Village and Waterside
Plaza is Baruch College (155 East 24th Street).  Evacuation centers are already
open.   I went over to Baruch earlier today, and they are open and ready for evacuees.

Can I go to an evacuation center even if I don’t live in “Zone A” area?

Yes.  Evacuation centers will not turn anyone away.

What should I bring with me if I evacuate?

Prepare a “go-bag” for yourself so that you are ready if you need to head out in
a hurry.  Make sure to include in it copies of important documents in a portable
waterproof container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.).  A go-bag
should also include an extra set of house keys, credit/ATM cards and $50 to $100
cash in small denominations, bottled water and nonperishable food such as granola
bars, a flashlight, up-to-date medication information (the medication each member
of your household takes, why they take them, their dosages, and doctors’ names and
phone numbers), and contact and meet-up information for your household.

What should I do with my pet?

Pets with owners will be allowed at evacuation centers.  In the meantime, create
a go-bag for your pet in case of emergency.  This should include “comforting” toys
or treats; a current color photo of you and your pet, in case you are separated;
and a cotton sheet to place over the pet’s carrier to keep it calm.

Am I safe to stay in my Stuyvesant Town or Peter Cooper Village building if there
is flooding outside?

Yes.  Your safest place during this storm will be to stay at home, unless the City
issues a mandatory evacuation for Zone B.  Residents are advised to stay home, with
adequate supplies.   Traversing the property presents additional risks because there
are many trees, whose branches are vulnerable in heavy winds.

If the bottom of my building floods, is it safe to stay on the upper floors?

Management advises that it is safe.  The buildings’ basements have flooded in the
past, and they feel confident that there are no structural concerns that arise from
basement flooding.

Will the gas and water work in my building if there is a power outage?

Water pumps will not work in the event of an outage, and water tanks in ST/PCV buildings
frequently drain from use within 2-4 hours of an outage.

It is advised that you take steps to ensure that you have adequate drinking water
in advance of a power outage.  Aside from purchasing bottled water, some people
fill water jugs or other containers to ensure that they will have enough water around.
And you should not wait until the last minute to do this.  One gallon per person
per day is recommended.  Management does not expect any issues with the gas in the
event of an electrical power outage (though stove-top ignition lighters may not
themselves work).

If the building floods, is it safe to drink my tap water?

Yes.   The City will advise residents publicly if there is ever any concern about
the safety of drinking water.

Will we lose power if the building floods?

Not necessarily.  According to management, insofar as flooding does lead to a loss
of power, it is usually caused by flooding in and under the streets, where Con Ed
runs its power lines.

What else should I do in the event of a power outage?

Con Ed advises that you turn off all lights and appliances to prevent overloaded
circuits when power is restored.

Because of the electronic keycard system, will we be able to get in and out of our

There is a 72-hour battery backup for the keycard system.

Are tenants on upper floors supposed to take shelter on floor 10 or lower?

That recommendation is meant more for large high-rises; residents should be safe
in ST/PCV buildings.  To the extent that there is any concern, it would be about
the potential for water to infiltrate on the lowest floor of the building, not the

What’s going on with our cars?

Garages 3, 4 and 5 are most at risk of flooding, because they are closest to Zone
A.  Management is asking the users of those garages to move their cars out of those
garages.  Garages 1 and 2 had some flooding in past storms, so users of those garages
also may want to move their cars to higher ground.

In summary:

For your home:

Keep enough supplies in your home to last for at least three days, including

water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries and a first aid kit.  If power
goes out, we will lose access to running water, so you want to fill your bathtub
with water (for bathing, or to flush toilet), and maintain extra bottles of water
or pans with tap water in your kitchen.

Secure your home:  close and lock all windows and doors, draw all shades, close
all blinds and drapes.

Place folded towels on window sills to absorb any leaking water

During the height of the storm, stay away from windows and do not use elevators
unless absolutely necessary.

If power goes out:

–Turn off all lights and appliances.

–Avoid opening your freezer or refrigerator.  Most freezers will keep food frozen
for at least 24 hours

For your car:

Quik Park recommends that customers with cars parked in garages 3 and 4 move their
vehicles off-site to an area outside the flood zone by Monday at 8AM.  Call Quik
Park at 212-614-5895 for more information and options

Parking on the street carries risks from flying debris and extreme flooding.

Going outside:

If you don’t need to go outside, don’t.  The City shut all parks today at 5pm because
of fear of the risks presented from falling branches.  The same concerns are present
in our community, which has many mature trees.


The MTA has suspended all service, with subways ending service at 7pm and buses
at 9pm tonight.  Until then the MTA has increased service to assist with the evacuation.

All public schools are closed tomorrow, Monday, October 29th.

All Senior Centers are closed Monday and Tuesday, October 29th and 30th.

*For up to date information on the storm, call 311, visit, or tune into
TV and radio broadcasts.

*Call PCV/ST Public Safety if you need assistance or to report an emergency on the

*Call Resident Services at 212-420-5000 to report a maintenance emergency.

*Check back at []
for more updates.

Stay safe,

Dan Garodnick