Today in New York City we are kicking off National Preparedness Month. Each year since 2004, cities like ours have joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recognize the importance of emergency preparedness and to work with organizations of all sizes, as well as individual New Yorkers to help them prepare.
We are kicking off the month today by distributing more than 100,000 preparedness guides at five transportation hubs across the city. We hope that you will come visit us at one of these locations:
Bronx – Fordham Plaza
Brooklyn – Brooklyn Borough Hall
Manhattan – City Hall Park (Centre Street side)
Queens – Roosevelt Avenue subway station in Jackson Heights
Staten Island – St. George Ferry Terminal
Come pick up some of our Ready New York guides and learn more about preparedness from one of our Citizen Corps Council volunteers or NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) staff members. We are also giving away flashlights, pens, and other items to help you begin to prepare yourself.
This evening at sunset, we will be screening a preparedness-related movie, Contagion, in Cadman Plaza Park in downtown Brooklyn. The outdoor screening will be a fun way to learn more about preparedness, be entertained, and enjoy a late summer evening in a beautiful spot.
Of course, emergency preparedness is important every day during the year – not just during September. Consider these easy ways you can prepare yourself and your loved ones:
1) Put together Go Bags for each member of your family (including pets). Checklists of items to include are available at: www.nyc.gov/readyny
2) Know where to access real-time, accurate information on emergencies. The City offers Notify NYC, a free service which will send you text messages, e-mails or phone calls on citywide emergencies, as well as more local incidents. Register today at www.nyc.gov/notifynyc or follow @NotifyNYC.
3) Expand your community disaster network. Like the NYC Office of Emergency Management on Facebook or follow us @nycoem and receive weekly emergency preparedness tips, and information on educational events as well as current emergencies.
Through our partnership with the Ad Council OEM is also lucky enough to produce and promote world class preparedness advertisements. You may have seen them on bus shelters or online or heard them on the radio. To check them out, visit this link.
Emergency preparedness does not have to be complicated or expensive, but it can save your life. In New York City alone we have experienced a hurricane, tornadoes, blackouts, extreme heat, blizzards, terrorist attacks, water main breaks and countless other smaller events. I urge all New Yorkers to set aside a few minutes this September and ensure that they are prepared for any emergency they may face.
Stay safe, and stay prepared!