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Partners in Preparedness

partners in preparedness

During National Preparedness Month, Partners in Preparedness will highlight the five categories of preparedness activities required to become an official partner.

Keep Your Plan Current
It's not enough to create an emergency plan for your organization and leave it gathering dust on the shelf. Keep your plan current by integrating changes within your organization immediately into your emergency action plan. Changes including a different evacuation route, a new rallying point where staff gathers in the event of an emergency, or even a new emergency preparedness coordinator must be reflected in your emergency plan. Don't wait. Update!

Current partners keep their emergency plans current in a number of ways:
  • Through their Send Word Now emergency communication system, Major League Soccer administers regular checks of employee contact information to ensure contacts are accurate and up to date.
  • JetBlue Airways emphasizes the importance of keeping emergency contacts up to date by promoting a preparedness tip encouraging staff to update their information via the company's Corporate Daily News.

Get Prepared
Preparing yourself, your staff and your facility for an emergency means obtaining the necessary resources, training and information. Partners in Preparedness offers many options to help you and your organization get prepared, including setting up a preparedness display, hosting a Ready New York presentation, encouraging employees to make a work Go Bag, and Knowing Your Zone — hurricane evacuation zone, that is!

Several of partners have done an especially creative job meeting the requirements of the Get Prepared category:
  • SelectCare, a licensed home care service, provides new field staff OEM Ready New York work books to help them create personal preparedness plans, which in turn, impact preparedness efforts with SelectCare clients.
  • The Ad Council is an advertising and communications nonprofit that hosted a Go Bag display to raise awareness about emergency supplies.
  • To promote hurricane preparedness, the NYC Department for the Aging helped OEM mail the 2012 updated Ready New York Hurricane guide to all senior centers in the city's hurricane evacuation zones.

Staying Connected
One of the most important elements in emergency preparedness is being in the know. In the event of an emergency, timely information is critical to keeping you, your staff, and your facility safe. Through Notify NYC, the city's free, real-time emergency notification system, and CorpNet, an emergency notification system designed specifically for business continuity planners and other safety and security personnel, OEM provides two important tools to help you stay connected to what’s happening in the New York City area.

Staying connected is an easy and essential step to becoming an official Partners in Preparedness. This September, and every month, ensure that you and your organization is prepared, and stay connected!

Our Partners
View the full list of this year's Partners in Preparedness.

Featured Partners Archive
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Become a Featured Partner
Share your story. Contact the program via the contact form here, and your organization could be the next featured Partner in Preparedness.

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