Use the resources below to promote preparedness all year long.
NYC Emergency Management encourages New Yorkers to be ready with the Resolve to Be Ready Calendar. Filled with regular reminders broken out into small, simple steps, the calendar can help you work preparedness into your schedule.
Resolve to Be Ready in 2022
Start 2022 off right with a resolution to be ready! Use this calendar for tips on how to be prepared and stay ready for emergencies all year long.
Create Your Plan
The best time to create an emergency plan is before an emergency happens. Here's what your plan should include:
You can use the Ready New York: My Emergency Plan booklet to easily record and store this information in one convenient place, or use the Ready NYC mobile application. Visit Ready New York: Guides & Resources page to learn more and get started today!
Consider Your Needs
Some New Yorkers, including those with disabilities or access and functional needs, may need to take extra steps when developing their emergency plan. Put extra supplies in your Go Bag and emergency supply kit, such as manuals and extra batteries for any special devices you use, supplies for a service animal, and back-up medical equipment. If you use life-sustaining equipment, register with your utility provider ahead of time so you can be contacted in an emergency, such as a power outage. Learn more about ways to prepare by visiting Emergency Preparedness Tips: Disabilities, Access & Functional Needs page.
Stay Informed with Notify NYC
Staying ready means staying informed. Sign up for Notify NYC, the City's free, official emergency communications program, to stay in-the-know about emergencies and planned events in your neighborhood. Get alerts in different languages and formats. You can sign up by downloading the free app on your smartphone for the most accurate, location-based messaging, visit NYC.gov/notifynyc, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter to receive alerts in the format most convenient for you.
Know When to Stay or Go
Some emergencies may require you to evacuate your home quickly, and others may require you to stay at home for an extended period of time. If you must evacuate, take your Go Bag, and ask friends or relatives outside of the affected area if you are able to stay with them. Check and see if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have people in their home at higher risk for serious illness. If they have symptoms or people at higher risk in their home, make other arrangements to stay at another location, such as a hotel or an evacuation center. If you must stay at home, hunker down with your emergency supply kit and identify a room with few doors or windows to stay in. Tune in to local radio or TV stations to find out when it is safe to leave.
Organize Your Finances
Take the time to organize your finances before a disaster. Whether you rent or own your home, understand what your insurance policy covers. Take photos of your property for insurance purposes, and make copies of important financial documents and store them somewhere safe. It's also a good idea to include cash in small bills in your emergency supplies since ATMs and credit card machines may not work or be available during emergencies.
Request an Emergency Preparedness Event
The Ready New York program is always ready to prepare New Yorkers for emergencies. Plan an event for your community, workplace, school, or house of worship. Our team of experts will come to your neighborhood with information and fun activities to prepare residents of any age for emergencies and distribute free preparedness materials. Request an event today at NYC.gov/readyny.
Keep Kids Prepared
Everyone in your family should be prepared for an emergency, even the kids. Include your children in planning for an emergency. Teach them how to get help and what to do in different situations. Practice your emergency plan together and quiz them about preparedness information. Be sure to check out Ready New York for Kids resources to help make learning about emergency preparedness fun.
Help Older Adults Prepare
May is Older Americans Month, a golden opportunity for older New Yorkers get prepared. Older adults may need extra help before, during, and after emergencies. Create an emergency support network of friends, family, and neighbors. If you receive home care, make sure your caregiver is part of that network and knows the plan in case of an emergency. Make a list of medications, and include why you take them, and their dosages, and place it in your Go Bag for easy access. Review accessible transportation options and how to exit your home safely. You can learn more about emergency preparedness for older New Yorkers at Emergency Preparedness Tips for Older Adults page.
Ready Pets & Service Animals
Pets and service animals are part of the family, so they should be included in your emergency planning. Include personalized items for your pet in your Go Bag, such as a favorite toy or treat. Arrange for family or friends outside of the affected area to shelter your pet, identify animal-friendly hotels outside of the affected area, or talk with your local veterinarian, kennel, or grooming facility to see if they can offer shelter for your pet during an emergency. Dogs and cats should wear a collar or harness, rabies tag, and identification tag at all times. You can also talk to your vet, call 311, or visit NYC.gov to learn about microchipping your pet or service animal, too. Use the Ready New York: My Pet's Emergency Plan workbook to create a comprehensive plan to prepare your pet for all types of emergencies.
Know Your Zone
Atlantic hurricane season has begun! You have the power to be prepared for coastal storms and hurricanes. Visit NYC.gov/knowyourzone to find out which hurricane evacuation zone you're located in, learn the hazards you may face, and the best ways to stay prepared. Remember: Whether you need to evacuate or ride the storm out at home, planning ahead is essential.
Plan Now for the Unexpected
No-notice events can take many forms in New York City and can affect you even if they happen in a different borough or neighborhood. The PlanNowNYC website can give you basic information and simple steps to take to be prepared and take action. Visit NYC.gov/plannow so that we can all be ready together.
Beat the Heat Without Breaking a Sweat
There is no cure for the summertime blues, but you can beat the heat. Stay in a cool place as much as possible, drink plenty of fluids, and wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing that covers your skin. Check on your neighbors virtually or over the phone during a heat wave to make sure they are staying cool, especially if they are older adults, young children, or people with disabilities or access and functional needs. Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat. Visit NYC.gov/beattheheat or call 311 for more helpful tips to keep you safe and cool all summer long.
With power outages more common during the summer months, take steps to conserve energy on hot, humid days. Turn off lights in rooms once you leave them. Only use your air conditioning while you are home and need it. Use a timer or smart thermostat to so you can adjust your home's temperature whether you are home or away. If a power outage does occur, stay at home if you can. Keep your refrigerator closed to preserve perishable food, and keep your cell phone charged to check updates and communicate with your emergency contacts.
Share Your Space
If you own or manage a large space somewhere in the city, you can put it to good use and help your community. The Share Your Space Survey identifies spaces that can support the City's emergency operations and community outreach events. For example, during extreme heat, your space could be used as a cooling center for those without access to air conditioning. Visit NYC.gov/shareyourspacesurvey to learn more and fill out the survey.
Mind Over Matter: Take Care of Your Mental Health
Emergencies can affect our mental health. NYC Well is a great resource for someone to talk to about stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol use. Call, text, or send an instant message to NYC Well for 24/7 access to counselors who will provide coping and wellness tips. Visit NYC.gov/nycwell to learn more.
National Preparedness Month
Let's get pumped up about preparedness this month! National Preparedness Month is a great time to take steps to prepare for the types of emergencies that can affect us wherever we live, work, learn, or worship. Visit NYC.gov/npm to find out where and when NYC Emergency Management and its partners will host preparedness events for New Yorkers, their communities, and their businesses.
Lend a Helping Hand
Volunteering is a simple and effective way to help out your community before, during, and after emergencies. You can join the New York City Community Emergency Response Team (NYC CERT) program to undergo training that will equip you with basic response skills for fire safety, light search and rescue, community disaster support, disaster medical operations, and traffic control. Once you are trained and join the team, you will assist when emergencies affect your neighborhood. Visit NYC.gov/cert learn more.
Be Cyber Aware
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It is more important than ever to do some emergency planning in the virtual world just as we do in the real world. Make sure that all of your software is up-to-date and use strong, unique passwords for all of your online logins. Also, use two-factor authentication whenever you can to keep all of your personal information secure. Beware of any suspicious links, especially when shopping or viewing financial details.
Protect Your Property
Severe weather can significantly affect your property, so take steps to protect it.
Gear Up for Winter
Winter is coming soon, which means the potential for frigid cold and heavy snow. Make sure your emergency plan is winterized before the season begins. Add items like a blanket, warm socks, and gloves, to your Go Bag to help you keep warm. In your emergency supply kit, add items to keep you comfortable and warm for up to seven days, and include a battery-powered radio to monitor weather conditions even if you lose power. Winterize your car by packing blankets, sleeping bags, and newspapers for insulation in your trunk. Include extra warming clothes, a spare tire, and a sack of sand or kitty litter to gain traction under wheels if you get stuck.
Get "Fired Up" About Preparedness
Fires are more common at this time of year as we stay warm and celebrate the holidays with cooking, lights, and candles. Be ready to evacuate your home in the event of a fire. Know two ways out in case one way is blocked by flames and practice evacuating. Learn whether your building is fireproof or not so that you know what to do. If a fire does break out and you must evacuate, leave quickly, meet with the other members of your household at your designated meeting place, and call 911.
Prepare Your Business & Community
Emergencies can happen anywhere at any time, so it is important to stay prepared in all aspects of life, including in your business or organization. When organizations do not prepare ahead of time, disasters are more deeply felt. Once your household emergency plan is set and practiced, it is time to bring what you've learned to the whole community for free!
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Visit the Help Now website for tips and information about how to help those affected by disasters.
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