National Preparedness Month

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.

With all of the challenges New Yorkers have faced, the 2021 theme of National Preparedness Month was: "Prepare to Protect."

Use the National Preparedness Month Toolkit for tips and information you can share with your family and community.


NYC Emergency Management and its partners hosted in-person and virtual preparedness events throughout the month for New Yorkers, their communities, and their businesses.

For Individuals & Families

Protecting One Another: Pet and Service Animal Preparedness Fair
Thursday, September 9, 2021

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Union Square, Manhattan

Kids Preparedness at the Bronx Zoo with Ready Girl
Sunday, September 12, 2021

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx
*Admission to the zoo is needed to enter.

Family Preparedness Day at the Staten Island Children’s Museum
Sunday, September 26, 2021

12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
*Admission to the museum is free.

Older Adults ReadyFest
Thursday, September 30, 2021

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Senior Services at Pelham Parkway - NORC Program
2425 Williamsbridge Road, Bronx

For Community & Faith-Based Organizations

This month, join the Community Preparedness webinar series.

NYC Emergency Management Community Preparedness Virtual Open House
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This session provides New Yorkers the opportunity to learn about NYC Emergency Management's community outreach programming. Participants will also learn about this year's National Preparedness Month's theme: "Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love."
Watch a recording of this event

Creating Communication Strategies for Emergencies
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Providing accurate and clear information is critical before, during and after emergencies.

  • Learn about official sources for emergency information.
  • Understand how your community receives information.
  • Discover how to create an emergency communication plan for your team, network, and community including people with vision or hearing disabilities and those with limited English proficiency.
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How Community Organizations and Small Businesses Can Work Together in Emergencies
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join representatives from NYC Emergency Management's strategic partnerships and community preparedness teams to discover strategies and best practices for community organizations and small businesses can work together in emergencies.
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How to Meet the Moment During Emergencies: Three Steps to Organizational Preparedness
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This training is designed to raise awareness for leaders of community and faith-based organizations about the importance of organizational planning in advance of emergencies. This is an introductory training that outlines the three steps organizations can take to ensure that they can continue to provide services following an emergency, and best practices for managing disaster volunteers, donations and recovery grants.
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Community Mapping – Transforming Community Assets Into Resources
Thursday, September 23, 2021

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Discover how mapping your community's assets and resources can be transformed into a Resource Directory. This interactive training session provides community leaders techniques to digitally mapping community resources and converting information into a Community Resource Directory. Both of which serve as a keystone of a community emergency plan.
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DAFN Training for Community and Faith-Based Organizations
Thursday, September 30, 2021

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
This training is for organizations that don't provide disability services as their primary role, but which provide services to the public during an emergency. Participants will gain resources and best practices for including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs (DAFN) in preparedness and response.
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