Ready Schools is part of the Ready New York for Kids program, which launched in 2007 with the introduction of two interactive emergency preparedness guides for students. In spring 2009, NYC Emergency Management and the Department of Education introduced a pilot program to teach the lessons from Ready New York for Kids in schools. After a successful pilot program in Brooklyn, Ready Schools launched in all five boroughs at the start of the 2009/2010 school year.
Each year, the Ready New York program honors a school for its preparedness. Past winners include:
P.S. 9 in Brooklyn - 2009
P.S./M.S. 18 in Manhattan - 2010
P.S. 97 in Queens - 2011
P.S. 23 in the Bronx - 2012
P.S. 151 in Brooklyn - 2013
P.S. 130 in Manhattan - 2014
I.S. 24 in Staten Island - 2015
P.S. 90 in Queens - 2016
P.S. 207 in the Bronx - 2017
P.S./M.S. 219 in Queens - 2018
P.S. 56 in Staten Island - 2019
Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management - 2021
All New York City high school students are invited to participate in the NYC Emergency Management "Commissioner for a Day" essay contest. The 2022 application is closed. Stay tuned for the 2023 application!