This post Top Tips to Keep Safe in Case of an Emergency was sponsored by Notify NYC. All opinions are my own
When my daughter was a baby, I remember boiling her bottle nipples at 2 a.m.; the thought of her drinking a bottle with an unsterilized nipple was not even a consideration. Like most well-intentioned, slightly overbearing parents I want to protect my kids from the big bad evils that lurk around every imaginable corner of our planet.
When they're safely nestled within the confines of our houses eating their organic macaroni and cheese and squirting antibacterial gel into their grubby little hands, I breathe a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, keeping them in this safety bubble is more about alleviating my own anxiety and, as much as I'd like to protect them from every threat they may face, when it comes to a natural disaster- well I KNOW I am NO match against Mother Nature!
And recently it seems that each time I turn on the news or peruse facebook I am bombarded by horrific pictures of natural disasters and home grown terrorism.
I wish I could put my head in the sand and say everything is going to be ok but disasters are happening every day and the best way I can control my anxiety is to make sure my kids and I are protected in case of an emergency. And being that my son takes the ferry and subway each day into NYC thanks to Notify NYC not only do I feel more prepared but dare I say it confident.
Why you ask? Because Emergencies can happen in a New York minute. Whether it’s a storm, a mass transit delay, or an unexpected event, you need to be the first to know about important City events.
Stay informed with the free Notify NYC app for your Apple & Android devices yoiu will get Get free alerts!As part of New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM), Notify NYC is New York City's official source for information about emergency alerts and important city services.
Notify NYC staff operate 24/7 out of Watch Command where they constantly monitor emergency activity in New York City and the metropolitan area.
Keep reading for more of my tips that every family can put into action to keep safe in the fact of an emergency and about the free Notify NYC app that EVERY family needs to download!.
Top Tips to Keep Safe in Case of an Emergency
#1 Put together a family plan. This is a plan that communicates, in writing, what the family will do in the case of an emergency. For example; where the family will meet if they can't get back in their home, who the contact person is for the family (preferably someone who doesn't live in the same household), where the nearest shelter is, etc
#2 Be Prepared. Preparation for an emergency is also key. Families should be prepared for immediate evacuation or to shelter in place, if instructed to do so. For evacuation, well-stocked go-bags should be at the ready. For a “shelter in place” scenario, at least a 3-day supply of food and water and other necessities should be available in the household. Part of preparation is communicating the plan to family members and practicing the plan. Just like in an emergency response department such as a fire department or a police department, families should conduct regular drills so when an emergency occurs, it's not the first time the family has put their plan into action. In their Readiness Playbook they ask so many important, urgent and essential questions such as:
1) If there is an emergency and there is no cell phone service do you and your family have a sequence of places to meet?
2) Do you have photocopies of your passport and other critical documents?
3) Do you have a predetermined friend or relative who lives far away who will be the person to use as a clearinghouse for information?
4) Do you know the evacuation plan of your child’s school, where and who will pick up your child?
5) Do you have an emergency hand crank radio, phone charger and flashlight?
#3 . Dowload an app like Notify NYC which will keep you abreast of all official emergency communications. With Notify NYC, you can stay “in the know” when it comes to emergencies and planned events in your neighborhood. Whether it’s a storm, a mass transit delay, or an unexpected event, be the first to know about important City events.
Here are all the reasons why an app like Notify NYC is the City of New York’s
1. A key step to being prepared is staying informed.
2. Notify NYC will alert New Yorkers if there is an emergency in your area.
3. Get free alerts about emergencies that matter most to you, and choose how you want to receive them.
4. Register for emergency notifications by getting the free Notify NYC mobile application, visiting NYC.gov/notifynyc, contacting 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) or following @NotifyNYC on Twitter.
5. Notify NYC messages are available through many formats, including email, text messages, telephone, the Notify NYC website, RSS, Twitter, and American Sign Language videos.
• The goal for Notify NYC is to provide the information you want to receive, the way you want to receive it. Registration offers 13 notification types:
1. Emergency alerts: These alerts are issued for critical incidents involving your safety or the safety of others in the area, including instructions on how to reduce the likelihood and/or severity of danger. Within this category are missing person alerts, which are issued to all subscribers.
2. Emergency Parking Suspension: Updates about unscheduled emergency suspension of citywide parking rules.
3. Ferry Disruptions: Messages about large or widespread ferry service disruptions.
4. Local Mass Transit Disruptions: Messages about large or widespread disruptions to transit within the five boroughs (MTA Subways, busses).
5. Major Traffic Disruptions: Messages about significant roadway closures, disruptions, or detours.
6. Planned Events: Information about preplanned activity that may cause local disruptions, such as drills or exercises, fireworks, movie and television filming, or routine planned flyovers.
7. Public Health Notifications: Information about important public health issues in your community.
8. Regional Mass Transit Disruptions: Messages about large or widespread disruptions to transit service throughout the NYC region (LIRR, NJ Transit, Amtrak, PATH Train, Metro North, airports, etc.).
9. School Notifications: Messages about unscheduled public school closings, delays, relocations, and early dismissals.
10. Significant Event Notifications: Important information about emergency events, utility outages, and other emergency situations and major planned events in your area.
11. Weather Emergencies: Messages about current or forecast weather events.
12. Waterbody Advisories: Messages about Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) activity in New York City’s waterbodies you are interested in.
13. Beach Notifications: Information from the NYC Department of Health and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation regarding the status of NYC beaches you are interested in.
• The Notify NYC mobile app is completely free to use (but it will consume a small amount of your data in order to receive messages and communicate with the server when a Wi-Fi connection is not available). They will never ask you for payment information. There are no in-app purchases.
• You can sign up for Notify NYC even if you don’t live or work in New York City. All you need are valid cross streets or a valid street address within the City of New York that you wish to receive notifications about.
• A notified New Yorker is a prepared New Yorker.
With these Top Tips to Keep Safe in Case of an Emergency in mind you and your family should be able to feel more secure that your emergency plan is an effective one!