Ready Schools is part of the Ready New York for Kids program, which launched in 2007 with the introduction of two interactive emergency preparedness guides for students. In spring 2009, NYC Emergency Management and the Department of Education introduced a pilot program to teach the lessons from Ready New York for Kids in schools. After a successful pilot program in Brooklyn, Ready Schools launched in all five boroughs at the start of the 2009/2010 school year.
Each year, the Ready New York program honors a school for its preparedness. Past winners include:
All New York City high school students are invited to participate in the inaugural NYC Emergency Management "Commissioner for a Day" essay contest. Entrants must submit an original essay and complete the application. NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell will select the winner who will be invited to NYC Emergency Management headquarters to participate in the "Commissioner for a Day" award ceremony. The contest closes on Sunday, December 1, at 11:59 p.m.