We have received emails from our local representatives regarding preparedness for the approaching storm. You can view information on their websites.
Thanks to Daniel Squadron's office for sending out links to the Office of Emergency Management severe weather site and a link to NYC's Hurricane Guide. You can also find information on his website.
Brad Lander's office has set up a very informative web page here. It contains an evacuation zone map as well as detailed information about evacuation centers and planning for the storm.
We've found the city's OEM website 'evacuation zone finder' to be extremely slow in response. Lander's map is better and a good evacuation zone map is posted by WNYC.
Another essential site for authoritative information is the NOAA. Their Hurricane Irene website is heaven for data geeks. See probability maps for winds and storm surge there, but please follow directives issued by the local authorities.