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Resolve to be Ready 2018

Use the resources below to promote preparedness all year long.

Resolve to Be Ready 2018

NYC Emergency Management encourages New Yorkers to be ready by downloading the Resolve to Be Ready calendar. Filled with regular reminders broken out into small, simple steps, the calendar can help you work preparedness into your schedule. Sync the calendar to your Google Calendar and get prepared this year.

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Week #1: Turn Resolution into Revolution

New year. New goals. Start the year 2018 off with a resolution to be ready! This Resolve to Be Ready calendar is filled with tips and inspiration to help you keep your resolution to be a Ready New Yorker. It doesn't take a lot of time or resources to be prepared, and this calendar can guide you every step of the way. Remember: disasters don't plan ahead. You can. #ReadyResolutions #ResolveToBeReady #ResolveToBeReady2018

Week #2: Get Notified on the Go

A prepared New Yorker is a safe New Yorker. When emergencies happen in a New York minute, stay informed with Notify NYC, the City's free emergency communications program. Get free emergency alerts by downloading the free Notify NYC app for your Apple or Android device, visiting, or calling 311. #GetNotified #NotifyNYC


Week #1: Let Me Call You, Sweetheart (When Disaster Strikes)

Roses are red. Violets are blue.
Create an emergency contact list — include your honey there, too.
If an emergency happens, let them know you're okay.
Record this information and stash it away.
Someplace safe, like your wallet, purse or bag,
Because being out of touch can be a real drag.


Week #2: Make Your Home a Winter Wonderland

Do you know how to freeze out winter's chill? Take steps to keep your home is winter ready:

  • Check your plumbing for leaks and to allow faucets to drip to prevent the freezing of your pipes.
  • Practice safe home heating. Never use your oven or stove. Only use portable heating equipment that is approved for indoor use.
  • Install and check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • If you lose heat, hang blankets over windows and doorways and stay in a well-insulated room while the heat is out, and dress warmly. Add items to your emergency supplies that can help you keep you warm, too!



Week #1: Make Preparedness Your Business

Arm your organization with a plan to be business ready. Get started by joining Partners in Preparedness, a program dedicated to helping businesses large and small stay prepared and resilient. Remember: emergency preparedness belongs in the workplace. #BeBusinessReady #PartnersInPreparedness

Week #2: Don't Grab & Go – Plan Ahead

Waiting to pack at the last minute is never a good idea, especially if disaster strikes. Instead of trying to get ready in the nick of time, gather your emergency supplies ahead of time. Put together a Go Bag, an easy-to-carry bag that includes the things you would want if you had to leave in a hurry. Fill it with items like a flashlight, batteries, water, nonperishable food, and other supplies. Everyone should have a Go Bag — and make sure your Go Bag meets your personal needs. For more tips on important items to put in your Go Bag, use this list. #GoBag


Week #1: Spring into Action and Update Your Plan

In the spirit of spring cleaning, clean up your emergency plan. Freshen up your emergency contacts and important documents that may be out of date, and replace any emergency supplies that have expired or were used. #SpringCleaning

Week #2: Lend a Helping Hand in Your Community

You can support New York City's first responders by joining the New York City Community Emergency Response Teams (NYC CERT). After a 10-week training course, these dedicated volunteers help their communities during different types of emergencies, as well as prepare their neighborhood before disaster strikes. Get involved today! #NYCCERT


Week #1: Reduce Your Risk

Don't give emergencies the chance to wreak havoc on your property. Instead, protect your property by getting insurance, hiring a New York State-licensed Registered Architect or Professional Engineer to check the condition of your property, and keep your property clean. Use the Ready New York: Reduce Your Risk guide for more tips on how to prepare and protect your property from a range of natural and man-made hazards. #ReduceYourRisk

Week #2: Know Your Zone

You have the power to be prepared for hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. Make a plan to be prepared. Visit to find out whether you live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone, make a plan, and understand hurricane hazards. #KnowYourZone


Week #1: A Plan for When the Going Gets "Ruff"

Whether you have a Fido or a Fluffy, pets are part of the family, and should be ready for an emergency just like us. With the Ready New York: My Pet's Emergency Plan, you can learn how you can ensure your pet's safety during an emergency. Create a plan for your pet today! #PetPreparedness

Week #2: Practice Makes Perfect!

How will you know if your emergency plan works? Practice!
Everyone has a role in emergency planning, so be sure to get all members of your household involved. Practice by getting in touch with your out-of-area contact, and evacuating to your emergency meeting places. Afterwards, get together to talk about the plan. #MyEmergencyPlan #ReadyNewYork


Week #1: Beat The Heat

When temperatures rise, be sure you know how to beat the heat:

  • Check on your neighbors, family, and friends, especially if they are vulnerable to heat.
  • Stay in a cool place as much as possible. If you do not have an air conditioner, consider cooling off at a pool, or in an air-conditioned store, mall, movie theater, or cooling center.
  • Call 911 if you or someone you know shows signs or symptoms of heat illness, including headache, light headedness, muscle cramps, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Drink fluids – particularly water – even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Stay informed during heat emergencies. Register for emergency notifications by signing up for Notify NYC. Get the free mobile application, visit, call 311, or following @NotifyNYC on Twitter.


Week #2: Sharing is Caring. Share Your Space.

In case of an emergency, sometimes all it takes is a space to make a big difference. If you manage or own a large space, you may be able to support the City's emergency operations, or be used for community outreach events. Visit for more information on how you can assist your neighbors and community. #ShareYourSpace


Week #1: Ready. Together. NYC.

New Yorkers should always remain alert and be prepared for the unexpected. In the event that terrorist attack takes place, know what to do. PlanNowNYC provides urgent safety tips for New Yorkers experiencing an emergency, along with basic information about the types of terrorist incidents which may occur and ways to be prepared. Visit so we can be ready. Together. #ReadyNYC #PlanNowNYC

Week #2: Build a More Resilient Community

You know your community's needs better than anyone else. When disaster strikes, make sure community has its own emergency plan The Community Emergency Planning Toolkit is designed to guide communities through developing their own emergency plans and can be used by local tenant associations, faith-based groups, or any other community organization. Start making your community's emergency plan today! #CommunityResilience


Week #1: National Preparedness Month

There's a reason for every season to be prepared, and 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. Visit for tips and information on how you can be a Ready New Yorker. #NPM2018 #NPM

Week #2: It's a bird, it's a plane – no, it's Ready Girl!

You don't need to be a grown-up to be ready. New York City's emergency preparedness superhero, Ready Girl, teaches New York City kids and their families about how to be prepared. She takes her message all over New York City, visiting schools, making presentations, and dropping in on local fairs and community events. You can request Ready Girl at your next event, read her comic book here and read all about day-to-day adventures on her own personal blog! #ReadyGirl


Week #1: Rock On as You Shake Out!

Earthquakes are uncommon in New York City, but you can rock at earthquake preparedness. When an earthquake happens, remember three important steps — drop, cover, and hold on! Prepare for an earthquake by finding a sturdy piece of furniture in your home, and practice ducking underneath in the event of an earthquake. Smaller tremors often follow the initial shake, so practice holding on until all shaking stops. #ShakeOut #EarthquakePreparedness

Week #2: Lock It Before You Leave It!

Not all emergencies can be seen or felt like a storm. Stay safe online, too!

  • Protect your personal information by keeping track of passwords and updating anti-virus programs. 
  • Always lock your computer when you are walking away from it. 
  • When you keep pages open, important information can be seen by anyone passing by. 
For more tips, click here. #CyberAware



Week #1: Ready NYC App - Keep Your Plan on the Go

Did you know your emergency plan can be taken on the go? The Ready NYC mobile app allows you to make and update your plan right on your smartphone or tablet. Use the checklist to pack your Go Bag and emergency supply kit, and use the map to easily denote your meeting place and to keep it handy. Get it here for your Apple or Android device. #ReadyNYC #ReadyNYCapp

Week #2: Dude, Where's Your Car (on the Preparedness Odometer)?

Even if you live your life one-quarter mile at a time, your vehicle should be prepared for an in-car emergency. Whether you are traveling or have to evacuate, be sure to check the battery of your car to prevent any potential breakdowns and pack a spare tire, extra tools, and jumper cables. Traveling in the winter weather can be a scary thing, especially when you're on slippery or icy roads. Prepare your vehicle for the winter by changing the tires, packing your trunk with salt, anti-freeze and packing extra blankets. #PrepareYourVehicle


Week #1: Fires Take No Holidays

Stay safe while you deck the halls this holiday season. Hundreds of house fires are caused by dry Christmas trees and unsafe holiday and decorative lighting each year. Make sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, practice safe home heating, and if you use candles for religious or decorative purposes, make sure not leave them unattended. If a fire occurs in your home, evacuate everyone as fast as possible, close the doors behind you and call 911. To learn more about fire safety, visit, or meet up with Hot Dog and Siren when they come to your neighborhood! #FireSafety #FDNYSmart

Week #2: Did You Meet Your Ready Resolution?

If you've followed these tips and reminders throughout the year, you've stuck with your readiness resolution. As 2018 comes to a close, give your wisdom to others by sharing gifts of preparedness. Put together Go Bags for your family and friends, and pass the knowledge of preparedness along to those you love. #HolidayPreparedness #ResolveToBeReady #ResolveToBeReady2019


Use these toolkits to coordinate messaging for topics covered in the Resolve to Be Ready calendar.