Messaging Calendar & Toolkits

Resolve to be Ready 2020

Use the resources below to promote preparedness all year long.

Resolve to Be Ready 2020

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 2020

Start 2020 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 tips, information, and fun graphics 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.

Week #2: Make a Plan

Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can. Use the Ready New York: My Emergency Plan to get prepared. The workbook guides you through creating a support network, capturing important health information, evacuation planning, and gathering emergency supplies. What’s more, the workbook is available in 13 languages and has an audio guide so that all New Yorkers can be ready! Check out the guide at on.nyc.gov/myplan.

February

Week #1: Go Bag

Your emergency plan should include a Go Bag — a collection of things you would want if you have to leave in a hurry. Keep your Go Bag stocked and readily available in case you need to leave your home during an emergency. You'll need to customize your Go Bag for your personal needs, but it also should include:

  • 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

Learn more about gathering supplies for an emergency at on.nyc.gov/make-a-plan.

Week #2: Keep in Touch

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. Also, be sure to sign your sweetheart up for Notify NYC so that you can share the love of being “in the know.”

March

Week #1: Meeting Places

An emergency can be right around the corner. Know where you will meet family, friends, or caregivers after an emergency. Get prepared and pick meeting places where you and members of your household can reunite after a disaster. Select one meeting place near your home, and another outside of your neighborhood, such as a library, community center, or place of worship.

Week #2: Plan for Hazards and Reduce Your Risk

Emergencies ― whether it’s a fire, earthquake, hurricane, terrorism, or cyberattack ― can teach us how make people, infrastructure and environment more resilient. Check out the NYC Hazard Mitigation website to learn more about the hazards faced by New Yorkers and the actions taken to reduce long-term risk. According to the National Institute of Building Sciences, it is estimated that for every $1 invested in hazard mitigation, an average of $6 is saved in the long term. Check it out at nychazardmitigation.com.

April

Week #1: Prepare Your Finances

April is Financial Literacy Month, so what better time to prepare your finances for an emergency? Be sure to make copies of your important financial documents, as well as credit and ATM cards to keep in your Go Bag. Also, include some cash in small bills so that you can be ready for whatever challenges come your way. Place both into a waterproof portable container to protect them from damage.

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, replace expired emergency supplies, and go over your emergency plan to make sure it still works for you and your household.

Now is also a great time to organize your emergency supply kit. Remember to keep enough supplies in your home to survive on your own, or shelter in place, for up to seven days, and consider adding items that you may need for emergencies like winter storms and heat waves. Learn more about what to include in your emergency supply kit by visiting on.nyc.gov/make-a-plan.

May

Week #1: Practice Your Plan

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 #2: Community Emergency Planning Toolkit

Disasters happen. Prepare your community now with a blueprint to be more resilient. The Community Emergency Planning toolkit outlines key steps to developing a community emergency plan, including identifying networks, building new connections, and increasing capacity to organize resources. Learn about how New York City plans for hazards, and how your organization can help your community create its own emergency plan. Get started today!

June

Week #1: Hurricane Preparedness

The Atlantic hurricane season has begun, and you have the power to be prepared for hurricanes. All residents should have a plan in the event they need to evacuate or ride out the storm at home. 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 hazards you may face, and learn about how to be prepared.

Week #2: PlanNowNYC

Some emergencies may come with some advance warning, but it’s important to stay ready for the unexpected. Terrorist attacks can take many forms in New York City and could affect you even if it happens in another borough or neighborhood. 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.

July

Week #1: 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 #2: 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. Get the free app for your Apple or Android device, visit NYC.gov/notifynyc, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.

August

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: 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, the “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/ready-kids.

You can also invite Ready Girl, the emergency preparedness superhero, to your school or community center to teach you about being prepared by visiting NYC.gov/readygirl.

September

Week #1: National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is here! September 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. 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 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.

October

Week #1: Be Earthquake Ready

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: Be Cyber Aware

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!

November

Week #1: Join CERT

Are you looking to help your neighborhood during emergencies? Become a volunteer with the New York City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. For 17 years, CERT volunteers have been 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: Ready at Any Age

Fact: Emergencies affect us differently at every age. If you are an older New Yorker, you may have to take additional steps when making an emergency plan. Create a support network of family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, or members of community groups to help in an emergency. Have them stay in contact with you during an emergency, keep spare sets of your keys, and have copies of your important documents such as medication information. If you are a younger New Yorker, be sure to check up on the seniors in your life if emergency strikes! Get more preparedness tips by visiting on.nyc.gov/ready-seniors.

December

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: 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 prepared and Happy New Year!

Toolkits

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