Owners of residential dwellings where at least one unit is not occupied by the owner are required to post a Emergency Notification prior to the arrival of a weather emergency, after a natural disaster, and after being informed that a utility outage will last for more than 24 hours. Learn more about disaster response.
Section of the Law: HMC § 27-2005 (Local Law 47 of 2015)
Preparing your building(s) and residents for a weather emergency, natural disaster or power outage is critical. For links and resources on how to get ready, go to the NYC Emergency Management Preparing for Emergencies and refer to the Residential Building Owner Emergency Preparedness Punchlist.
Disaster Signage Requirements
Local Law 98 of 2013 requires owners to post a temporary notice with emergency information in the common area of the building:
- Prior to the arrival of a weather emergency
- After a natural disaster
- After being informed that a utility outage will last for more than 24 hours.
To further ensure that tenants receive notification of the above, consider posting the temporary notices on each floor of the building and/or messaging your tenants directly.
A LOCAL LAW
To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to emergency
preparedness recommendations for owners of residential and commercial buildings and
the posting of emergency information in certain residential buildings.
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 30 of the administrative code of the city of New York is
amended by adding a new section 30-113 to read as follows:
§30-113 Weather emergencies and prolonged utility outage preparedness
recommendations for residential and commercial buildings. a. Coordinating with relevant
agencies including the department of buildings, the department of housing preservation and
development, and the fire department, the commissioner shall compile recommendations for how
residential and commercial property owners may prepare for and communicate certain
information to the tenants of such buildings in the event of a weather emergency, a natural disaster event or a utility outage which is expected to last for more than twenty-four hours. Such
recommendations shall include, but not be limited to:
1. Information on determining the property’s flood zone and evacuation zone;
2. The protective measures the building owner may provide or install to protect against
flooding or other damage;
3. General advice on securing items appended to the building, such as window air
conditioning units, patio furniture flower boxes, windows, doors and other loose items, during a
weather emergency or natural disaster event;
4. General advice for buildings in flood zones on the use of electrical and mechanical
equipment when there is a flood risk;
5. The types of options available to the property owner to rent equipment after a weather
emergency, a natural disaster event or pending the restoration of utility services;
6. The methods that the property owner may use to communicate with tenants during and
after a weather emergency, a natural disaster event or a utility outage which is expected to last for
more than twenty-four hours and suggestions for communicating to tenants relevant building
contacts for emergencies; and
7. The contact information for relevant city agencies to determine evacuation guidelines or
learn other suggestions on how to protect persons and property during a weather emergency, a
natural disaster event or a utility outage which is expected to last for more than twenty-four hours.
§2. Article 12 of subchapter 2 of chapter 2 of title 27 of the administrative code of the city
of New York is amended by adding a new section 27-2051.1 to read as follows:
§27-2051.1 Temporary posting of emergency information. Prior to the expectant arrival
of a weather emergency, a natural disaster event or after being informed about a utility outage
which is expected to last for more than twenty-four hours, the owner of a residential dwelling
where at least one dwelling unit is not occupied by such owner shall post the following information
in common areas of the residential dwelling on signs of sufficient size to be seen: (i) whether the
building is located in a hurricane evacuation zone as defined by the office of emergency
management and if applicable, which zone the building is located in; (ii) the address of the nearest designated evacuation center; (iii) when a person should contact 911 and 311 during a weather
emergency, a natural disaster event or the utility outage; (iv) whether during the utility outage,
services such as potable water, corridor, egress, and common area lighting, fire safety and fire
protection, elevators, charging locations for cellular telephones, domestic hot water, or heating
and cooling will be provided; (v) contact information for building personnel in the event of an
emergency, including email addresses, phone numbers and other methods of communication; (vi) instructions on removing furniture from rooftops and balconies during high wind events and; (vii) for buildings that utilize pumps, instructions on reducing water consumption during the utility
outage. Such signs shall be updated by the owner of the residential building as needed and must
be removed after the passage of the weather emergency, the natural disaster event or the
restoration of utility services. The department shall determine the form of such signs including
publishing a template that may be used by residential buildings for the purposes of this section.
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