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NYC Office of Emergency Management To Test New Text Message Alert System

On Thursday, officials will send six test messages between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon customers who have mobile devices that are enabled to receive emergency alerts.


Christmas Weekend Blizzard in Manhattan (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

NYC Determined To Make Residents Forget 2010 Storm Response Blunder

After badly botching last December’s blizzard response, the city sanitation commissioner promised his department is re-tooled and ready for the next one.


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Construction Worker Injured When Building Collapses In The Bronx

Officials say crews were renovating the first floor when a support column inside gave way.


Justin Mudge walks through the muddy interior of his great uncle's gun shop which was destroyed by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene on September 1, 2011 in Prattsville, NY.  (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

NYC Officials Kick Off National Preparedness Month; FEMA Offers Tips For Disaster Assistance

As families across the Tri-State continue to clean up from storm damage caused by Irene, officials in New York City are kicking off “National Preparedness Month” by urging residents to plan ahead for catastrophe.


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Health Officials Worried About Mosquitoes In Flooded Communities

With confirmed cases of West Nile virus around the Tri-State area, health officials are concerned about the large amounts of standing water and flooding left by hurricane-turned-tropical storm Irene.


Long Branch Shelter (credit: CBS 2)

Shelter Volunteers Work To Reassure Evacuees From NJ

The first rain and wind from Hurricane Irene arrived in New Jersey by midday Saturday, and by the evening,thousands of evacuees headed to local shelters to wait out the storm.


Mayor Michael Bloomberg

New York City Battens Down The Hatches As Irene Begins Her Run Up Coast

Mayor Bloomberg said that senior citizen homes, nursing homes and hospitals in low-lying areas “must evacuate” by 8 p.m. Friday unless they are able to show that their location or provisions for back-up power would allow them to stay safe.


A man tries to cool himself with a bottle of water. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images, FILE)

New York City To Open Cooling Centers As Tri-State Readies For Heat Wave

A Heat Advisory will in effect from noon to 8 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday because of temperatures in the mid 90′s.


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Upper East Side Catholic School Cancels Weekend Activities After Overnight Fire

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused an overnight fire at an Upper East Side Catholic high school.


Footprints in Snow - File / Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

NYC Warns Motorists To Avoid Driving In Snow Friday

The Office of Emergency Management warned Friday morning drivers to listen to traffic reports, use major streets or highways and drive slowly.


(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Cold Weather Safety Tips

Winter can be a dangerous time for New Yorkers with the extreme cold, snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain. There are several steps you can take to stay safe.


Varick Street in Manhattan (Photo/Kyle McMorrow)

FDNY: 911 Backlog Of 1,300 Calls; Critical Patients Suffering Delayed Response

The Fire Department of New York has reported a backlog of 1,300 911 emergency calls.


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Weakened, But Still Powerful Earl Headed Near Tri-State

Much of the East Coast is watching and waiting for an unwelcome guest this holiday weekend: Hurricane Earl.

CBS 2–09/02/2010

Beachgoers on Long Island are enjoying the surf before Hurricane Earl may hit the shores with dangerous storms.

Hurricane Earl May Head Our Way; Tri-State Area Preps

Hurricane Danielle is blamed for the rough surf at the Jersey Shore Monday – but the real concern is Hurricane Earl, which is headed in our direction.