National Preparedness Month

In the wake of the challenges we've weathered together, the theme for National Preparedness Month in 2023 is "Take Control in 1, 2, 3." This year, we're putting an added emphasis on a demographic that needs our collective attention—older adults, specifically those from communities that are disproportionately impacted by all-hazard events.

The risks for older adults in emergency situations can be magnified by a host of factors—living alone, financial constraints, disability, or residing in isolated areas. Recognizing these challenges, we're offering tailored strategies to empower our older citizens to take control of their preparedness journey.

Use our 2023 National Preparedness Month Messaging Toolkit to share information that can help the older adults in your life and all of your family and friends get prepared. This resource is filled with indispensable tips and actionable steps that you, your family, and your community can take to ensure we all emerge stronger, more resilient, and prepared for whatever lies ahead.


NYC Emergency Management and its partners hosts in-person and virtual preparedness events throughout the month for New Yorkers, their communities, and their businesses.

For Individuals & Families

Virtual ReadyFest
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join NYCEM in a fun game of Name That Tune! to test your music and emergency preparedness knowledge.
Register using this link.

4th Ave Sunset Park Greenmarket
Saturday, September 9, 2023
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
4th Ave between 59th and 60th Street, Brooklyn

Are You Ready? Plan Today!
National Council of Negro Women, Manhattan Section

Saturday, September 16, 2023
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Polo Grounds Cornerstone
3005 8th Ave, New York, NY 10039

Family Emergency Preparedness Day at the Staten Island Children’s Museum
Sunday, September 24, 2023
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
*Admission to the museum is free.

Join NYC Emergency Management & the Staten Island Children’s Museum for a day of essential learning and fun, aimed at equipping families with basic emergency preparedness skills. This event also underscores the importance of National Preparedness Month and emergency planning for families.

Pet and Service Animal Preparedness Fair
Thursday, September 28, 2023
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Union Square, Manhattan

NYC Emergency Management will host a A Pet and Service Animal Preparedness Fair at Union Square Park to help New Yorkers prepare their pets and service animals for emergencies. In partnership with key city agencies and animal organizations, the event aims to equip residents with essential preparedness tips. Attendees can learn about creating a pet Go Bag and integrating pets into family emergency plans, emphasizing the critical role pets and service animals play in comprehensive emergency preparedness.

For Community & Faith-Based Organizations

National Preparedness Webinar: Flood Preparedness + Awareness (Virtual)
Friday, September 29, 2023
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Join NYC Emergency Management and The Center for New York City Neighborhoods for NYC for information on flooding resources and steps you can take to prepare.
Register here.

Get Ready Fair – East Harlem COAD
Saturday, September 16, 2023
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dream Charter School
1991 2nd Ave
Join NYC Emergency Management and East Harlem COAD for the Get Ready Fair, a comprehensive training event offering free resources on emergency preparedness. Don't miss this opportunity to empower yourself and your community with the tools and knowledge needed to handle various emergency situations.
Register here.

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