Friday, August 26, 2011
He's not going anywhere this time
Mayor Bloomberg on Thursday kicked off an intense, multiday "not in Bermuda" hurricane campaign.
The mayor and his top aides were pummeled last winter for being out of town - and woefully ill prepared - as the devastating post-Christmas blizzard brought the city to its knees.
Hizzoner was ridiculed for being in Bermuda until just before that storm. Eight months later, the preparations for Hurricane Irene have been the polar opposite - and extensively publicized.
He and his aides have rolled out regular public briefings and laid out extensive plans for police boats, hospital readiness, fallen tree-removal crews and even warning of evacuations from coastal areas - at least three days before the 'cane's arrival.
This time, Bloomberg and his team will be hunkering down for a working weekend as Irene barrels through - "it's fair to say I'll be around," he quipped.
Find your zone:
NYC Hurricane Irene Evacuation Map