Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness for John Jay Students and Employees

John Jay Emergency Information

During an emergency, call 212-237-8000, the College's main phone number or visit John Jay's homepage for up-to-date information for students and employees.

Information on emergency closings can be found here: EMERGENCY INFO AND CLOSINGS

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Notify NYC

Click here to sign up for NotifyNYC, the City's free, real time emergency notification system to receive alerts by phone, text, or email. 

Additional Resources:
MTA for transportation updates
-LIRR and NJ Transit updates 

Sign up to CUNY Alert

CUNY Alert! 

CUNY Alert allows you to receive text, email and/or voice alerts of emergencies or weather related closings on your campus; you can choose your campus or office locations, phones for voice and text messages, and/or email addresses for instant emergency communication.

 Register using your CUNYfirst login,  or as a guest.  For more information see CUNY Alert FAQ

Map of Find your Evacuation Zone

Know your Hurricane Evacuation Zone

Be familiar with the NYC Hurricane Map and know your evacuation zone.  There are 6 zones.  

Zone 1 has the highest risk of storm surge impact.

Enter your address to look up the zone for where you live at

If you sign up for Notify NYC Alerts, you will be informed about which zones are being evacuated. ​

John Jay's NB and HH are in Zone 6.

Be Prepared for an Emergency: Make a Plan

Create a plan now for family members to meet at specified locations depending upon the circumstances of the emergency.

​Use "My Emergency Plan" to input your important phone numbers, perscriptions, and other information for yourself and for family members to know  your plans  in case you need to evacuate.  "Print it as a PDF" to save your responses. 

Picture of Basic Emergency Supply Kit

Shelter at Home Emergency Supplies

Sometimes during a hurricane, you may be advised to stay indoors until the inclement weather has passed. Since basements can become flooded, take shelter aboveground. Strong winds can break or shatter windows so stay away from them. Prepare for the possibility of losing power. Keep an
emergency supply kit on hand in case you cannot leave your home.

Your Shelter At Home emergency supply kit should include the following items:


  • At least one gallon of drinking water per person
  • Non-perishable ready to eat canned food and a can opener and other foods that don't need refrigeration.
  • First-aid kit
  • Candle
  • Flashlights and lanterns, 
  • Battery-operated and/or hand cranked  AM/FM radio
  • Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Wireless phone and charging equipment, including car charger
  • Medical equipment/devices
  • Moist towelettes
  • Garbage bags
  • Iodine tablets or 1 quart of unscented bleach for disinfecting water (if directed to do so by health officials) and eyedropper
  • Cash 
National Hurricane Center map

Tracking a Hurricane

National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Watch - means that conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans. Get ready to act if a warning is issued, and stay informed.
Hurricane Warning - means that conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities 

Red Cross App screenshot from Hurricane Irma

Red Cross Emergency App

​The Red Cross offers a free Emergency App to help in crisis situations, including hurricanes, extreme heat, and wildfires.

The emergency app contains more than 35 emergency alerts to keep users safe. It also contains information about what to do in case of floods, thunderstorms, hot weather, tornadoes, wildfires, and more.

Other features of the app include:

  • The emergency alerts are available for the user’s location and to monitor where friends and family live.
  • Users can turn alerts on and off to fit their situation.
  • A single map provides shelter locations and weather information.
  • Users can easily toggle between English and Spanish.
  • Pre-loaded content ensures guidance from Red Cross experts is available even without mobile connectivity.
  • Users can set up a group email to notify friends that they are safe. The app can be found by searching in the app store for American Red Cross or by going to​​​

Let Your Friends Know You Are Safe

During a hurricane or any disaster, you can register at the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to let your friends and family know about your welfare. You can post messages about yourself and also search for information about others. You can update your status at any time. Register  yourself and your family at 866-GET-Info or  
You can also use the Red Cross Emergency App.