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When disaster strikes, will your family be ready?


To make sure your answer is Yes, the New York State Commission is providing information to motivate families and businesses to take action and get prepared for both natural and man-made disasters.

The Commission partners with the New York State Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross to educate New Yorkers about how to be prepared for disaster and to facilitate assistance when disaster strikes. We’ve reprinted some of their publications below for your use.

New Yorkers need to be ready and bear responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. We urge you to take a few minutes right now to use this Web site to create your family’s disaster plan. By doing so, you can help lessen the impact disasters have on our families, our communities and our state.

Managing Spontaneous Volunteers in Times of Disaster

When disaster strikes a community, volunteers are essential in helping to rebuild lives and rebuild communities. It is important that volunteers are given meaningful and constructive opportunities to serve, while not overwhelming the affected community during the response and recovery. National service members can be a vital part of this volunteer effort by staffing volunteer reception centers (VRCs) after an incident. VRCs match volunteers unaffiliated with disaster agencies to opportunities at organizations already involved in the response or recovery. This training will help national service participants understand the function of a VRC and how to manage spontaneous volunteers in times of disaster. This course was created cooperatively by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network, and ETR Associates.

Online Course: Managing Spontaneous Volunteers in Times of Disaster

Be sure to click on the links below to help you be ready:

Get Involved in Disaster Preparedness click here for more info on ServNY Donate some of your time and volunteer with a local preparedness or response organization. You can take lifesaving training courses so that you are prepared to respond in the event of a disaster in your community.

Get a Kit

There are six basics you should stock for your home in the case of an emergency: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items for medical conditions.

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Make a Plan

Families can – and do – cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Create a family disaster plan including a communication plan, disaster supplies kit and an evacuation plan. Knowing what to do is your best protection AND your responsibility.

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Be Informed

Hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires – make sure you and your family are prepared when disaster strikes your area. Find out what disasters occur in your geographic area and make sure that you have the appropriate supplies and information.

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By using the tools on this site and encouraging others to do the same, we are bringing our families and communities one step closer to being safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to disaster.

Disaster Preparedness