Emergencies happen every day in NYC. These local and national organizations can help you find simple steps to take to prepare yourself to better face an emergency. For more detailed information, please visit www.redcross.org, www.nyc.gov/oem, or www.ready.gov.
Make a Plan. Make and practice evacuation plans and choose meeting places to regroup if you are separated. Discuss the possible emergencies and how you would cope with them. Write your plan down, along with all important contact information and meeting place addresses. Make copies for each member of your family. Think about places where you could stay if asked to evacuate for some time.
Stay Informed. Maintain access to official announcements to help you make the best decisions for you and your family. Purchase a battery or crank-operated radio in case of a power outage. Click the image above to sign up for Notify NYC and receive alerts via SMS/text, email, and phone. Designate an out-of-state contact who can relay messages between you and other family members in the disaster area in case local phone lines are jammed.