Awards

Students from the Ready School of the Year 2022 present

Ready School of the Year

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
  • P.S. 103 Hector Fontanez in the Bronx - 2022
  • Harbor Middle School in Brooklyn - 2023
  • PS. 1 The Alfred Smith School in Manhattan - 2024

Nominate a school to win the Ready School of the Year Award

Commissioner for a Day Contest

Since 2021, New York City Emergency Management has searched far and wide across NYC Public High Schools to find our next Commissioner for a Day.  Only the best and brightest, and most prepared, are invited to apply!

Entrants must submit an original essay and complete the application (available during the application period). The NYC Emergency Management Commissioner will select the winner and they will be invited to NYC Emergency Management headquarters to participate in the Commissioner for a Day Award Ceremony.

Ready Older Adult Center of the Year

The Ready New York program honors older adult centers for their commitment to preparedness.

  • Fort Greene Grant Square Senior Center in Brooklyn - 2012 (inaugural)
  • Catholic Charities Bayside Senior Center in Queens - 2013
  • United Neighborhood Senior Center in Brooklyn - 2015
  • R.A.I.N. Gunhill Senior Center in Bronx - 2016
  • Peter Cardella Senior Citizens Center in Queens - 2017
  • Riverdale Senior Center in the Bronx - 2018
  • SelfHelp Innovative Senior Center in Queens - 2019
  • Grace Agard Harewood Neighborhood Senior Center in Brooklyn - 2020
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Citizens Center in Queens - 2021
  • Cassidy Coles Older Adult Center In Staten Island - 2022
  • ARC A. Philip Randolph Older Adult Center In Manhattan - 2023

Nominate an older adult center to win the Ready Older Adult Center of the Year Award