Mayor Bloomberg Presser: It’s the Hurricane You Should Be Worried About

The post-quake scene outside the Mediabistro offices. Photo: Ji Hyun Park

With everyone safe and sound back in their offices, Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a presser to help people reorganize their natural disaster priorities. He reassured the public that the Earthquake of 2011 was a freak occurrence, but it’s the hurricane heading our way that you should be worried about. Don’t get it twisted.

The Mayor said it was “very unlikely” that we would feel another tremor, and emphasized that although New York isn’t usually anywhere near an earthquake epicenter, “We have standards. You have to build buildings to withstand earthquakes.”

On the other hand, he is concerned about the preparations for the possible landfall of Hurricane Irene. He said it’s “much more likely” that if that happens there could be a situation where people could be hurt.

In a statement released before the press conference, Mayor Bloomberg said, “Thankfully, there are no reports of significant damage or injuries in New York City at this time. As ever, we urge New Yorkers to call 911 only in cases of actual emergencies.” He also said that City Hall was evacuated (as were many other buildings, including ours) but he was able to return to work.

Below, we have footage of the Dominique Strauss-Khan press conference that was interrupted by the quake. (H/t to O’Dwyer’s.) The two ladies who gripped hands and ran from the room were obviously more concerned about the quake than the (possible) coming storm.