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Communities & Businesses


In order to build strong and resilient New York City communities, it requires a “whole community” approach. That means community leaders, community-based organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs) and private businesses (big and small), have important roles in improving community preparedness and a community’s ability to respond and recover from an emergency. Here you will find information and resources on how to improve your organizational preparedness.


Employers: Tools and Resources


Business Continuity Planning - Continuity Planning is critical and does not necessarily require a lot of time or money. All it means is that you think about what you will need to re-open your business quickly, should an emergency require you to shut down operations.

Partners in Preparedness - OEM's Partners in Preparedness program helps organizations better prepare their employees, services, and facilities for emergencies.

Learn more about how to prepare your business for emergencies.


Non-Profit Groups and Organizations: Tools and Resources


NYC Advanced Warning System (AWS) - The Advanced Warning System is an alerting system designed for agencies that serve people with special needs. AWS will alert organizations who in turn, can then alert clients with special needs, to NYC specific public preparedness and emergency information. If you serve people with special needs, please register with AWS.

NYC Citizen Corps Council - The NYC Citizen Corps Council is part of the national Citizen Corps initiative to bring together local leaders from community organizations, government, the private sector, and volunteer programs. The Council promotes grassroots emergency preparedness and volunteerism and helps enable New Yorkers to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

NYC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYC VOAD) – NYC VOAD is a coalition of major and local voluntary organization that have made disaster-related work a priority.


For Profit Groups and Organizations: Tools and Resources


NYC Advanced Warning System (AWS) - The Advanced Warning System is an alerting system designed for agencies that serve people with special needs. AWS will alert organizations who in turn, can then alert clients with special needs, to NYC specific public preparedness and emergency information. If you serve people with special needs, please register with AWS.

CorpNet - CorpNet provides business partners with current, accurate information about emergencies to enhance awareness and aid decision making, should their businesses be affected.

Private Asset and Logistics management (PALMS) - When disaster strikes, businesses are often among the first to provide support. To ensure donations are used and distributed effectively in the wake of an emergency, the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) created PALMS — a registry of private sector resources.

Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) - CEAS authorizes essential employees to access restricted areas following an emergency. CEAS-credentialed employees can work to shut down or sustain core business functions until normal entry is restored.


Get Involved

The DOHMH Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) also works with community partners to plan for and protect vulnerable populations, involving community stakeholders through the Community Resilience Planning Committee (CRPC), a collaboration of nonprofit and for-profit organizations representing various community and population sectors of NYC.

Get Involved: Join the NYC Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) which is a trained group of over 7,400 volunteer health professionals ready to respond to health emergencies. New members are welcome!

For questions, email us at phprep@health.nyc.gov.