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August 26th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

Is NYC ready to deal with Hurricane Irene? Emergency preparedness analyst discusses

Irene's currently on track to potentially become one of the most destructive hurricanes to strike New York City since 1938 and officials are already preparing accordingly. Orders have been made for the evacuation of nursing homes and senior centers in low-lying areas and administrators are making plans for the possible shutdown of the entire transit system.

Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered states of emergency, allowing them to free funds and prepare resources that may be needed when the storm hits.

Stephen Flynn, president of the Center for National Policy and author of "Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation," joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss how prepared New York City is to respond to the hurricane and to explain what types of conditions New Yorkers should be expecting.

Filed under: Hurricane Irene • Weather
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