Partners in Preparedness

Established in 2011, Partners in Preparedness is a nationally recognized program that supports organizations in preparing their employees, services, and facilities for emergencies.

Partners come from all industries — including arts and entertainment; education; business, banking and finance; faith-based; health care; hospitality and service; community, nonprofits and government — and enjoy a range of benefits. This includes access to many resources and support they need to be prepared and resilient:

  • Free preparedness brochures
  • Real-time emergency information
  • Access to webinars, forums and other events
  • Recognition of their commitment to preparedness

View the list of Partners in Preparedness

Why join Partners in Preparedness?

  • An estimated 25% of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. (Source: Institute for Business and Home Safety)
  • In a survey conducted by the Ad Council, 62% of respondents reported not having an emergency plan in place for their business. What's more, small- to medium-sized businesses are also the most vulnerable following a disaster.
  • Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or man-made disaster never reopen. (Source: Insurance Information Institute)
  • All organizations rely on their staff to operate.
  • Your staff can only be in one place at a time. If they are not prepared at home, who is going to operate the organization?
  • The best time to prepare is before a disaster strikes.

Bottom line: Emergencies can have disastrous consequences on organizations.

How do I join Partners in Preparedness?

There are four steps to partnership:

How much does the partnership cost?

Nothing! It is completely free to be a partner.

Do I need to renew my partnership?

Yes, we require yearly renewal from our members. Preparedness is not a one-time event; it's a continual process. Organizations remain partners for one year, starting after they have completed the preparedness activities and have submitted the completion survey. For example, if an organization completes the preparedness activities in March, they will remain an active partner through March of the following year. Partners are encouraged to renew their membership each year.

What is the purpose of the Partners in Preparedness seal?

Partners receive the Partners in Preparedness seal, which can be displayed on an organization's intranet, website or printed materials to show its commitment to preparedness. Note: the seal does not represent approval of business continuity plans; however, it does demonstrate the commitment to preparedness.

My organization does not allow me to send messages to all employees. How can I complete the activities?

While it may not be possible to send messages all employees, posting information on your organization's intranet, newsletter, or internal notice boards are all great alternatives. Visit the Preparedness Activity Guide page for additional tips.

Is there a way for my organization to get more involved with NYC Emergency Management?

Yes! NYC Emergency Management engages with the private and nonprofit sectors to coordinate assets and resources during an emergency. NYC Emergency Management also works with umbrella organizations from a variety of industries who sit with us in the Emergency Operations Center during disasters, and help with information sharing and situational awareness. Please contact the program if you are interested in learning more.