National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder to take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, learn, and worship.

With all of the challenges New Yorkers have faced, the 2022 theme of National Preparedness Month is: "A Lasting Legacy."

Look out for the National Preparedness Month Messaging Toolkit for tips and information you can share with your family and community.


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

Preparedness Trivia with FEMA R2
Thursday, September 1, 2022

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pet and Service Animal Preparedness Fair
Thursday, September 15, 2022

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Union Square, Manhattan

Emergency Preparedness Day at the Staten Island Children’s Museum
Sunday, September 18, 2022

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
*Admission to the museum is free.

Older Adults ReadyFest (Virtual)
Thursday, September 21, 2022

2 p.m.

Family Day at the Bronx Zoo with Ready Girl
Saturday, September 24, 2022

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx
*Admission to the zoo is needed to enter.

For Community & Faith-Based Organizations

This month, join the Community Preparedness webinar series.

NYC Emergency Management Community Preparedness Virtual Open House
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
This session provides New Yorkers the opportunity to learn about NYC Emergency Management's community outreach programming. Participants will also learn about about the importance of National Preparedness Month.
Watch a recording of this event here.

Ready Rating: Is Your Organization Prepared for Emergencies?
Thursday, September 8, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The American Red Cross Ready Rating program is a free, self-guided program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Members complete a ReadyGo or ReadyAdvance assessment and have access to tools, tips and best practices to help improve their level of preparedness.
Watch a recording of this event here.

Creating Communication Strategies for Emergencies
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Community and faith leaders will learn how to develop strategies to ensure essential members are in communication with each other and their community before, during and after emergencies.
Watch a recording of this event here.

Communities Can Be Language Ready During Emergencies
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
In this session community and faith leaders will learn how to make every effort to make information available and accessible to all New Yorkers, regardless of their English proficiency. Language access should be incorporated and addressed in all emergency response.
Watch a recording of this event here.

Business Continuity for Enhanced Preparedness
Thursday, September 29, 2022

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
In collaboration with Small Business Services (SBS), this webinar will help provide organizations with business continuity and records keeping best practices. SBS will also share how they support businesses before, during and after emergencies.
Watch a recording of this event here.

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