Community Preparedness Program

Communities play a critical role in any public health emergency. The Community Preparedness Program engages with human services and faith-based sectors to help prepare these organizations and their essential daily services to respond to and recover from local emergencies.

Community Resilience Planning Committee

One way the Health Department coordinates emergency planning with the community is through the Community Resilience Planning Committee. The committee's mission is to increase the capacity of New York City communities to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from public health emergencies.

The committee is a collaboration of community and faith-based organizations that partners with the Health Department to improve communication, as well as the planning and coordination of shared resources.


Membership is made up of local organizations, covering diverse sectors of the population based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for community preparedness and recovery. These sectors include organizations that represent:

  • Businesses
  • Community Leadership
  • Cultural/Faith-Based Organizations
  • Education and Child Care Settings
  • Emergency Management
  • Health Care
  • Housing and Sheltering
  • Media
  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Social Services
  • Senior Services

Organizations on the Committee

  • American Red Cross
  • Arvene Church of God
  • Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of NY
  • Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens
  • East Harlem Community Organizations Active in Disaster
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Good Old Lower East Side
  • Human Services Council
  • Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
  • Jewish Community Council/South Brooklyn Community Organizations Active in Disaster
  • Lower East Side Ready
  • Mayor's Office of Resiliency
  • New York City Office of Emergency Management/Citizen Corps Council
  • New York City Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster
  • New York Disaster Interfaith Services
  • Project Hospitality
  • Queens Recovery and Resilience
  • Staten Island Long Term Recovery Organization
  • Small Business Services
  • The Salvation Army of Greater New York
To learn more about the Community Resilience Planning Committee, email