Annual Symposium

NYC Emergency Management Community Preparedness outreach initiatives are designed to support NYC organizations and target the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

2023 Symposium: March 7, 2023

Watch the 2023 Symposium live with this link!

Join NYC Emergency Management Community Preparedness for the 2023 Symposium! This year's theme is "A New Standard: Communities Ahead of Emergencies". Each workshop will discuss how communities can support their neighbors before and after an emergency, including those with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, like older New Yorkers and immigrant communities.

Approximately 150 community leaders, stakeholders and government representatives are expected to attend the 2023 Symposium.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please indicate if you would like your meal to be kosher or halal when registering for the event.

Please note, there will be photographs taken at this event. Kindly let our photographer or other NYC Emergency Management staff members know if you do not wish to be photographed.

Baruch College is an accessible facility to persons using wheelchairs and others with mobility disabilities. For further information, help registering or requests regarding accessibility please email or call 718 422-4654 by Tuesday, February 28.

2022 Symposium

The 10th annual Community Preparedness Symposium was held in March 2022. Sessions focused on how community organizers, leaders, youth, advocates and/or government can better prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies.

2021 Symposium

The 2021 Symposium: The Rise of Community During Emergencies is a free virtual event that discussed best practices for communities preparing, responding, and recovering during COVID-19 and other emergencies. During 2020, communities everywhere in New York City banded together to help their neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn. 

This ninth annual symposium provided insight from community leaders, researchers and emergency managers for strengthening every New York City community's emergency response.

Watch the 2021 Symposium Event Sessions

On-Demand Sessions