Emergency Preparedness: Are You and Your Family Prepared?

December 2018

At CUNY, planning for emergencies is part of daily business planning and everyday work life. Emergencies can strike anytime, anywhere and affect anyone.  Are you and your family prepared if an emergency strikes?  There are three basic steps to being prepared in any emergency.

  1. Make a Plan: Create an emergency support network of family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers or community groups. Within your network, stay in contact during an emergency.  Know where to find your emergency supplies.  Make photocopies of your emergency contacts and health information to keep in your wallet or purse at all times.  Know where you will meet your support network after an emergency and decide where you will stay in an evacuation scenario. Always be prepared to follow orders if the New York City issues an evacuation order.
  2. Gather Supplies: Everyone in your household should have a bag ready of supplies needed, in case of an evacuation. Essential items to pack are bottled water, nonperishable food, flashlight, AM/FM radio, extra batteries, portable cell phone chargers, medications, pet supplies, copies of important documents and contact information of your support network.
  3. Get Information: There are resources available now to help you prepare in case of an emergency. Familiarize yourself with some of them at NYC.gov/emergency management, NYC.gov/readyny & NYC.gov/community preparedness.

Get Notified!  Notify NYC – Get free emergency alerts by registering with the City’s official emergency notification system by visiting NYC.gov/notifynyc, calling 311, or following NotifyNYC on Twitter.