Messaging Calendar & Toolkits

Resolve to be Ready 2021

Use the resources below to promote preparedness all year long.

Resolve to Be Ready 2021

NYC Emergency Management encourages New Yorkers to be ready with 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. 

January

Week #1: Resolve to Be Ready in 2021

Start 2021 with a resolution to be ready! As we advance through the year, check out the Resolve to Be Ready calendar to learn tips to stay prepared for any emergency. Get to know each step of getting ready week by week, and you can be a preparedness expert by the end of the year!

Week #2: Build Your Network

Stay in touch with your emergency contacts! You don’t have to go through an emergency alone. Create an emergency support network with at least two people, such as family members, friends, neighbors, caregivers, coworkers, or members of community groups. Have at least one contact who lives within the city, and one who lives further away in case local lines are busy during an emergency. Give them a call to say hi and to make sure that they are familiar with your emergency plan.

February

Week #1: Gather Supplies

As part of your emergency plan, gather supplies for both your Go Bag — a collection of things you would want if you have to leave in a hurry — and your emergency supply kit, which are supplies you may need to stay home for up to seven days. You’ll have to customize your supplies for your personal needs, but here are some things you should include:

For your Go Bag, you'll need:

  • Bottled water and nonperishable food, such as granola bars
  • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof container (e.g., insurance cards, Medicare/Medicaid cards, photo IDs, proof of address, marriage and birth certificates, copies of credit and ATM cards)
  • Flashlight, hand-crank or battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries
  • List of the medications you take, why you take them, and their dosages
  • Contact information for your household and members of your support network
  • Cash, in small bills
  • Items to protect you and others from COVID-19, including hand sanitizer, and face coverings for each person

And for your emergency supply kit:

  • One gallon of drinking water per person per day
  • Nonperishables, ready-to-eat canned foods, and a manual can opener
  • First-aid kit Medications, including a list of the medications you take, why you take them, and their dosages
  • Flashlight or battery-powered lantern, battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries, or wind-up radios that do not require batteries
  • Glow sticks
  • Whistle or bell
  • Back-up medical equipment, if necessary

Week #2: Stay Informed with Notify NYC

You can’t stay prepared for emergencies if you aren’t “in the know.” Stay informed with Notify NYC, the City’s official emergency communications program. Get the free app for your Apple or Android device, visit NYC.gov/notifynyc, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter to stay up-to-date with emergencies and planned events in your neighborhood.

March

Week #1: Stay or Go?

Should you stay or should you go? Some emergencies may require you to evacuate, while some will require you to stay at home. Ask friends or relatives outside your area if you are able to stay with them. Check and see if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have people in their home at higher risk for serious illness. If they have symptoms or people at higher risk in their home, make other arrangements to stay at another location, such as a hotel or an evacuation center.

Week #2: Protect Your Property

While it is important to protect yourself and your families from emergencies, it is also important to protect your property. Check out the Ready New York: Reduce Your Risk guide to learn about hazards that affect New York City and what you can do to take steps to prepare.

April

Week #1: Request an Event

Want to get yourself and your community ready for a disaster? Ready New York has you covered! With Ready New York, you can learn about the hazards you may face in New York City and prepare for all types of emergencies. Get in contact with other members of your community, your workplace, school, community center, or house of worship, and plan an event so everyone can learn how to be prepared for an emergency.

Week #2: Partners in Preparedness

We all know emergencies happen anytime, anywhere. When organizations don’t prepare ahead of time, many can’t operate during a disaster. Some never reopen. Partners in Preparedness is a free program supports organizations in preparing their employees, services, and facilities for emergencies. Become a Partner in Preparedness for access to benefits like free preparedness information, real-time emergency alerts, webinars, and more!

May

Week #1: Community Planning

Once your household emergency plan is prepared, it’s time to create an emergency plan for your community! NYC Emergency Management helps local organizations build capacity within their community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency. Use the Community Emergency Planning Toolkit to create an emergency plan for your community. Check it out at NYC.gov/communitypreparedness.

Week #2: Help Older Adults

May is Older Americans Month, a time to appreciate the elders in our lives. Older New Yorkers may need extra help preparing for emergencies, like a solid emergency support network of family, friends, and neighbors. If you receive home care, make sure your caregiver is clued in on your plan and knows how they will help in an emergency. Make a list of your medications, their dosages, and why you take them — place it in your Go Bag so it’s easily accessible. Plan for an evacuation by reviewing accessible transportation options and how to exit your home safely. Learn more about emergency preparedness for older New Yorkers at on.nyc.gov/ready-seniors.

June

Week #1: Know Your Zone

Atlantic hurricane season has begun! You have the power to be prepared for coastal storms and hurricanes. Visit NYC.gov/knowyourzone to find out which hurricane evacuation zone you’re located in, learn the hazards you may face, and the best ways to stay prepared. Remember: Whether you need to evacuate or ride the storm out at home, planning ahead is essential.

Week #2: Share Your Space

Do you own or manage a large space somewhere in the city? Put it to good use! The Share Your Space Survey identifies spaces in your community that could potentially support the City's emergency operations or be used for community outreach events. Fill out the survey at NYC.gov/shareyourspacesurvey to easily utilize empty space to help your community.

July

Week #1: Beat the Heat

Stay safe this summer by knowing how to beat the heat. Stay in a cool place as much as possible, and drink plenty of fluids. Check up on neighbors, family, and friends, especially older adults or those with disabilities, access, and functional needs. Know the signs of heat illness, and avoid it by drinking water before you feel thirsty. Visit NYC.gov/beattheheat or call 311 for more tips.

Week #2: Disability Awareness

Those with disabilities or access and functional needs may need to take additional steps when making an emergency plan. Gather extra supplies for your Go Bag and emergency supply kit, like back-up medical equipment, supplies for your service animal, or manuals and extra batteries for any devices you use. Be prepared for a power outage by registering with your utility provider so you can be contacted in the event of an emergency. Learn more about preparedness for the disabilities, access, and functional needs community at on.nyc.gov/dafn-prep.

August

Week #1: Power Outage Preparedness

Power outages are more common in the dog days of summer. Take steps to conserve energy on hot, humid days. Turn off nonessential appliances and turn off lights in unoccupied rooms. Only use an air conditioner when you are home. If you want to cool your room down before you arrive home, set a timer to have it switch on no more than one-half hour before you arrive. If a power outage occurs, stay at home if possible. Keep your refrigerator closed to preserve food, and keep your cell phone charged.

Week #2: Pets and Service Animals

Pets and service animals are part of the family, so they should be part of your family’s emergency plan, too. Use the Ready New York: My Pet’s Emergency Plan workbook to create a comprehensive plan and be sure your pet is prepared for all types of emergencies. Include items for your pet in your Go Bag, like a favorite toy or treat, so that they can be comfortable if you need to evacuate your home.

September

Week #1: National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, a good time to take steps to prepare for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, learn, and worship. Check out NYC.gov/npm for a list of preparedness events and helpful tips to help you be ready and stay ready!

Week #2: PlanNowNYC

Some emergencies come with some advanced warning, but it’s important to stay ready for unexpected emergencies as well. Terrorist attacks can take many forms in New York City and could affect you even if it happens in another borough or neighborhood. Use the PlanNowNYC website to get basic information about terrorist incidents that can occur and how to be prepared for them. Visit NYC.gov/plannow so we can all be ready, together.

October

Week #1: Cybersecurity

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, so take some time to do some emergency preparedness in the virtual world. Ensure that all of your software is up-to-date, and use strong, unique passwords for all of your online logins, as well as two-factor authentication if applicable. Beware of suspicious links, especially when shopping or viewing your financial information. Limit the personal information that you share online so that you can stay safe and secure both online and off.

Week #2: Mental Health

Physical health and mental health go hand-in-hand. Stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol use can affect you or someone you care for. Help is available. Call, text, or send an instant message to NYC Well for 24/7 access to counselors who can provide coping and wellness tips.

November

Week #1: Clean Your Property

Large storms can wreak havoc on your property, so clean it up ahead of time to prevent damage. Tie down outdoor items (such as patio furniture) so that gusts of wind don’t steal them away, and clear out gutters and repair any roof leaks to prevent damage from weather like heavy rainfall or large accumulations of snow. Be sure your snow removal equipment is ready before the winter, and have rock salt on hand to melt ice on walkways. Kitty litter can be used to generate temporary traction if needed.

Week #2: Winterize Your Plan

Winter is coming. Take time now to winterize your emergency plan to stay a step ahead. Add a blanket, warm socks, and gloves to your Go Bag so that you can stay comfortable even if you have to evacuate your home. Do the same with your emergency supply kit; keep supplies handy to allow you to stay at home comfortably for up to seven days, as well as a battery-powered radio to monitor weather conditions even if you lose power.

December

Week #1: Fire Prevention

Fires are more common this time of year, as we stay warm with heaters and celebrate the holidays with cooking, lights, and candles. Create a plan that includes evacuating your home in case of a fire, with two ways out in case one is blocked by flames. Know whether your building is fireproof or not so that you can plan accordingly. If a fire breaks out in your home, evacuate quickly and meet with other members of your household at one of your designated meeting places and call 911.

Week #2: Volunteer

Help your community to prepare and respond to emergencies by volunteering. Become part of a Community Emergency Response Team to undergo a training program and learn basic response skills needed for fire safety, light search and rescue, community disaster support, disaster medical operations, and traffic control, and become part of a team that assists when an emergency strikes your neighborhood. Looking for another way to get involved? Visit NYC.gov/helpnow to find volunteer opportunities tailored to your skillset.

Toolkits

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