Use the resources below to promote preparedness all year long.
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.
Week #1: Resolve to be Ready in 2019
Start 2019 with a resolution to be ready! The Resolve to Be Ready calendar is filled with tips and inspiration to help you keep your resolution to be a Ready New Yorker, and we’ll be providing you with video tips and information all year long!
It doesn't take a lot of time or resources to be prepared, and this calendar can guide you every step of the way. Follow along at on.nyc.gov/calendar and subscribe to the NYC Emergency Management YouTube channel to stay prepared for emergencies.
Week #2: Winter Weather
It may be fun to ride in a one-horse open sleigh, but traveling during winter weather can be treacherous, especially when you are driving on slippery or icy roads. Make sure your vehicle is prepared for an emergency. Put together an emergency supply kit that includes a sack of sand or kitty litter for gaining traction under wheels, a small shovel, a spare tire, blankets, booster cables, and more. Remember: Be alert to changing weather conditions and avoid unnecessary travel.
Week #1: Emergency Contacts
Feel the love as you add someone who is close to your heart to your emergency contact list. While you plan to stay in touch, remember: If a disaster makes local lines busy, then a long-distance love may be easier to call. Sometimes, three’s a crowd, but having local and out-of-area contacts included in your emergency plan can allow everyone to revel in the harmony of safety.
Week #2: Reduce Your Risk
Does your property have an emergency plan? Protect it before disaster strikes by getting insurance, hiring a registered architect or professional engineer to check the condition of your property, and keeping your property clean and free of debris. Check out the Ready New York: Reduce Your Risk guide online for more tips to protect your property from natural and man-made hazards.
Week #1: Ready Girl
Helping your kids stay prepared for emergencies can be fun! The City’s emergency preparedness superhero, Ready Girl, teaches kids and their families how to be prepared. She takes her message all over New York City by visiting schools and dropping in on local fairs and community events. She even has her own comic book! You can invite Ready Girl to your school or community center to teach you about being prepared and follow her adventures by visiting NYC.gov/readygirl.
Week #2: Spring Cleaning
While doing your spring cleaning this year, be sure to clean up your emergency plan. Update your emergency contacts and the copies of important documents in your Go Bag, replace expired emergency supplies, and go over your emergency plan to make sure it still works for you and your household.
Week #1: Share Your Space
All it takes is a little space to make a difference. If you manage or own a large space, you may be able to support the City's emergency operations or support community outreach events. Go to NYC.gov/shareyourspacesurvey for more information on how you can assist your community.
Week #2: Pets Preparedness
Pets are a part of the family, too! Include your pets in your emergency plan, and be sure to create a Go Bag for them that include extra food, treats, and a favorite toy. You can use the Ready New York: My Pet’s Emergency Plan to help you go through all of the steps that pet owners can take to make sure your pets are prepared for all types of emergencies.
Week #1: Notify NYC
New Yorkers love to be the first to know. With Notify NYC, you can stay “in the know” when it comes to emergencies and planned events in your neighborhood. Visit NYC.gov/notifynyc, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.
Week #2: Cybersecurity
It’s easy to tell when an emergency affects your home, but cybersecurity emergencies can be just as disruptive and (sometimes) more difficult to detect. Protect your personal information from a cyberattack by limiting the information you share online, keeping software and operating systems up-to-date, and choosing strong passwords. Also, when using a device in a public place, make sure not to leave personal information unattended, and lock it before you leave it!
Week #1: Hurricane Season
The Atlantic hurricane season has begun -- you have the power to be prepared for hurricanes. Visit NYC.gov/knowyourzone or call 311 to find out whether you live in one of New York City’s six hurricane evacuation zones, understand the hurricane hazards you may face, and how to make a plan.
Week #2: Beat the Heat
This summer, avoid spoiling your fun in the sun by knowing how to beat the heat. As temperatures rise, keep these tips in mind: stay in a cool place as much as possible, drink plenty of fluids (even if you don’t feel thirsty), check on your neighbors, family, and friends, especially if they are vulnerable to heat, and know the signs of heat illness. Visit NYC.gov/beattheheat or call 311 for more tips.
Week #1: My Emergency Plan
Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can. Use the Ready New York: My Emergency Plan to get your Go Bag ready, list your emergency contacts, and determine your emergency meeting places. The workbook is available in 13 languages and has an audio guide so that all New Yorkers can stay prepared. These guides offer tips and information to help you prepare for all types of emergencies. Choose the guides that are right for you and share them with your friends, family, and neighbors. Check out the guide at on.nyc.gov/myplan.
Week #2: PlanNowNYC
Some emergencies may come with some advanced warning, but it’s important to stay ready for the unexpected, such as a manmade event. Terrorist attacks can take many forms in New York City and could affect you even if it happens in another borough from where you live or work. PlanNowNYC provides urgent safety tips for New Yorkers experiencing an emergency, along with basic information about the types of terrorist incidents that may occur, and ways to be prepared. Visit NYC.gov/plannow so we can be ready. Together.
Week #1: Community Emergency Response Teams
Are you looking for a great way to help your neighborhood during emergencies? Become a volunteer with the New York City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. CERT volunteers are trained to support the efforts of New York City's first responders, and participate in community preparedness and disaster response activities. Teams are always looking for new volunteers who want to help their families, friends, neighbors, and communities before, during, and after emergencies. Join the program by visiting NYC.gov/cert or calling 311.
Week #2: Practice Makes Perfect!
If you’ve mapped out your emergency plan, there’s only one thing left to do — practice! Make sure all of the members of your household are involved as you practice getting in touch with your emergency contacts and evacuating to your meeting places. Afterwards, review what parts of the plan work and what can be improved. If you make any changes, don’t forget to record them.
Week #1: National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month is here! All month long, events and activities will be held across the five boroughs to remind us to prepare for emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, learn, and worship. Check out NYC.gov/npm to find events happening in your neck of the woods.
Week #2: Ready Kids
Don’t leave all of the emergency planning to the grown-ups. Kids can get in on the action, too. Resources like the Ready New York for Kids guide, “Be Ready, Be Safe” coloring book, and the tween “Choose Your Own Path to Preparedness” series, bring the lessons home to help the whole family stay safe and prepared. Check out the guides and other tips to keep kids prepared at on.nyc.gov/kids.
Week #1: Shake It Out!
Earthquakes are uncommon in New York City, but you can shake up your preparedness skills knowing what to do when an earthquake happens. Remember three important steps — drop, cover, and hold on! Find 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.
Week #2: Ready NYC App
If you’re always on the go, keep your emergency plan in your pocket with the Ready NYC app. Users can store important information they may need in an emergency, including emergency contacts, meeting places, health information, and handy checklists that will help you pack emergency supplies for your Go Bag and emergency supply kit. Download the free app now for your Apple or Android device to make your emergency planning easier than ever.
Week #1: Vehicle Preparedness
Don’t get stuck on the shoulder of the long highway of life. Make sure your vehicle is prepared for an in-car emergency. Whether you plan to travel far or just around town, be sure to check the battery of your car and items like your ignition and exhaust systems, oil level, and tires. Also, be sure to keep the name and phone number of at least one local towing service in your car in case you break down or become stuck.
Week #2: Community Emergency Planning Toolkit
Disasters happen. Prepare your community now with a blueprint to be more resilient. The Community Emergency Planning in NYC toolkit outlines key steps to developing a community emergency plan, including identifying networks, building new connections, and increasing capacity to organize resources. Get started today!
Week #1: Holiday Fire Safety
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 alarms throughout your home, practice safe home heating, and if you use candles for religious or decorative purposes, make sure not to leave them unattended. You can find a lot more fire safety tips for the holidays at FDNYSmart.org. Have a safe and jolly holiday season!
Week #2: Share the Gifts of Preparedness
As the year 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. Have a happy and prepared New Year!
Use these toolkits to coordinate messaging for topics covered in the Resolve to Be Ready calendar.