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New York, NY 10032


Emergency Planning Message for Hurricane Sandy

October 28, 2012


To All NYSPI Staff

The MTA has been directed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to begin an orderly shutdown and suspension of all subway, bus and commuter railroad service at 7 p.m. Sunday. The decision was made to protect customers, employees and equipment from the potential destructive path of Hurricane Sandy.  Sandy is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge flooding to the mid-Atlantic coast, including Long Island Sound and New York Harbor. Winds are expected to be near hurricane force at landfall.  Travel to and from work can be hazardous once the storm has hit.

NYSPI will be open but we expect all efforts to be focused on maintaining the safety of our critical operations and services.  ALL essential staff are asked to make every effort  to report to duty (Essential staff include all who are responsible for building operations, clinical care, animal care, security and emergency functions within their programs).  All elective admissions (eg, research) and non-essential outpatient appointments through Wednesday (clinics, PIRC, research) should be canceled.

 We suggest that all staff exercise caution, if travel is necessary, and to remain indoors if possible in light of predicted high winds and heavy rains.  Parking will be made available in the NYSPI parking lot for essential staff  that are driving to work.   All staff reporting to work may be expected to stay for an extended period of time and should bring a change of clothing or critical medication and make safe arrangements at home.  Any essential staff that takes the MTA and is scheduled  to work on Monday can opt to come in before the MTA shuts down.  Sleep accommodations will be made. Please report to the Incident Command Center in room 1602

Our incident command staff have been in contact with OMH Central Office and the NYPH/CU Emergency Management teams.  The NYSPI Incident command  will open today at 5pm.  The call in numbers  are 212-543-6692 or 6695.

We thank you all for your cooperation.   New information will be disseminated as we get updates. Updates will go out by email and be posted online at  For information about the storm's projected impact on city services, visit  For transit updates, go to  

The NYSPI Emergency Management Team



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