Emergency Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month, and while many things look different this year, one remains the same: we all should take time now and throughout the year to be prepared for emergencies. Thankfully, implementing emergency preparedness measures for you and your family is easy.

Make a Plan. Gather Supplies. Get Informed.

These are three critical steps to prepare for any emergency, including COVID-19. Below are some ways you can participate in this year’s National Preparedness Month and help ensure that you and your family are prepared.

  • Sign up for Notify NYC
    Notify NYC is the City’s free, real-time emergency notification system.
  • Update Your CUNY Alert Contact Information
    A test of the CUNY Alert system will take place on Saturday, October 10 at 10:10 a.m. To ensure that you stay informed in an emergency, we ask that you to update your contact information. If you are already in CUNYfirst, select Self Service in the CUNYfirst menu, then select Personal Information and the CUNY Alert Preferences link. Please let the Service Desk know if you have any problems updating your information.
  • Create a Family Emergency Plan.
  • Create a Go Bag
    Learn more about what supplies should be included in your Go Bag.
  • Know Your Zone
    Check out the Know Your Zone website for everything you need to know about hurricanes in New York City. You’ll find information about the city’s hurricane evacuation zones, the hazards you may face from a hurricane, and what to do to prepare.
  • Listen to the Newest ‘Prep Talk’ Podcast
    NYC Emergency Management’s “Prep Talk” podcast engages listeners in emergency management conversations with guests who keep New York City safe before, during & after emergencies. You can listen to the latest episode on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Spreaker.
  • Visit the CUNY Virtual Preparedness Display
    For more information on how to prepare, please visit CUNY’s Virtual Preparedness Display a wide range of emergency and preparedness-related topics and resources, including COVID.
  • NYC Emergency Management’s National Preparedness Month
    NYC Emergency Management and its partners will host virtual preparedness events throughout the month for New Yorkers. See the full calendar.
  • Information for Seniors and their Caregivers
    The National Council for Safety, Protection, and Wellness has provided an informative guide that helps prepare seniors and their caregivers for disasters and emergencies. You can see the guide online. This guide includes advice from experts on emergency preparedness for older Americans and explains how to assess the risk of a disaster, how to compile local resources, put together an emergency kit, and plan for disasters.