Communities and 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

Community & Business Consolidated Response Guide (PDF)
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This kit provides quick and specific guidelines about how to help your community or business prepare for and respond to particular types of emergencies. During an emergency, employees, clients and community members may turn to local organizations for support. Learn how you can help.

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

Generator Information (PDF) - Guidelines to help businesses prepare for a power outage.

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 Emergency Management Community Preparedness - NYC Emergency Management helps local organizations build capacity within their community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency.

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

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 Health Department's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response also works with community partners to plan for and protect vulnerable populations through our Community Preparedness Program. The program is a multi-faceted approach to collaboration with 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!

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