“My first priority is to protect the most vulnerable of Newyorkers- hospital patients, those in Nursing homes and homes for the Aged. And also New Yorkers because of age, infirmity or homebound”
Declared Mayor Bloomberg in his press meet appearance over the Evacuation efforts launched.
Low lying areas designated as Zone A and prone for flooding in coastal areas he said citing them by name such as Manhattan beach in Brooklyn, midland, south beach in Staton Island consist of 5 Hospitals that would offload regular Inpatients provide room for emergency care among evacuees as they arise.
Patients in Elective surgical lists would be moved out to accommodate emergency needs and existing patients would be relocated in other hospitals.
Nursing homes and senior citizen hostels ‘must evacuate’ he stressed their inmates completing the process by 8 PM tomorrow.
The Mayor also appealed relatives of senior citizens and infirm to relocate their wards and acquaintances elsewhere from such notified low lying areas to safer places with friends and relatives’ homes.
Meanwhile the Hurricane Irene, stormed through the Bahamas wrecking hundreds of homes and casualty figures are yet to be known, although smaller islands bore the brunt of devastation, the mainland Nassau was relatively spared state reports.