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Emergency Preparedness

Get Involved

The Mayor’ Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) also supports various City outreach initiatives aimed at individual and community preparedness for people with disabilities through participation in various panels, working groups, taskforces and events.

There are many ways you can get involved to learn more about emergency preparedness for people with disabilities as well as provide us with your valuable insight and experiences. People with disabilities are experts in their needs and can provide valuable information to better help the City in all phases of emergencies and disasters.

MOPD: Disaster Resilience & Resource Network

The Network led by MOPD in close coordination with New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) meets quarterly or as otherwise needed to address issues related to disaster resiliency and integrated emergency management for people with disabilities. The Network supports a citywide network of information sharing relevant to people with disabilities.
More Information on the MOPD Disaster Resilience & Resource Network

Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Working Group

If you are an organization that supports people with disabilities sign up from the NYC Advance Warning System alerts (AWS) and receive regular invites to the Working Group and participate in discussions focused on emergency planning for people with disabilities. Register for Advance Warning System Notifications here.

New York City Citizen Corps

A community readiness program that promotes emergency preparedness by building the capacity of non-profit and local based organizations.

More information on NYC Citizen Corps

New York Citizen Corps yearly symposium brings together service providers, consumers, advocates, and community stakeholders to specifically address planning for people with disabilities and others that require a higher level of support during emergencies.

Emergency Planning for People with Disability, Access, and Function Needs (DAFN) Symposium Report PDF

NYC Community Emergency Response Teams (NYC CERT)

Groups of dedicated volunteers who help to prepare their neighborhoods for disasters. For more information contact 311 or call (212)-639-9675.

NYC Community Emergency Response Teams (NYC CERT) Website

Partners in Preparedness

Emergency preparedness resource for those in the private sector. For more information contact 311 or call (212)-639-9675.