Before you are faced with a disaster, it’s easy to say what you think you’d do in that situation. However, it’s difficult to really understand how you’d feel until you are experiencing it. Because you can’t accurately predict how you will react, it’s best to take action now when the stress of an emergency is not weighing you down. Your community is full of resources to support you in facing disaster situations safely and in an organized way both at work and at home. This NYC Professional Office Organizer is sharing local NYC resources to keep in mind if you find yourself facing a disaster. If you aren’t local to NYC, look for similar programs in your hometown.
Local NYC Events
New York State Training Events. The New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps offers disaster preparedness training events and courses throughout the year. Each session provides the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster. It also includes education on how to respond during different types of emergencies as well as how to recover as quickly as possible afterward. There’s also an online training available if you can’t find a date that works for you.
Local NYC Resources
Ready New York. This resource is an important one to have on hand (I recommend you bookmark the page!). The site is regularly updated with important tools and resources to help you stay ready, organized, and prepared. As National Preparedness Month winds down, this website will continue to provide you with the necessary tools to create your own disaster plans.
Notify NYC. This is the city of New York’s official source for information. It includes emergency events and important city service updates. This is a free service for citizens, and messages are shared via email, phone calls, text, and on their various social media websites.
Local Social Media Accounts to Follow
● New York City Fire Department: Twitter, Facebook
● New York City Police Department: Twitter, Facebook
● City of New York: Twitter, All city social media accounts
● NYC’s Office of Emergency Management: Twitter, Facebook
● Con Edison: Twitter, Facebook
● New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services: Twitter
● New York State Department of Health: Twitter, Facebook
As you move on through the rest of the year, make sure to utilize your local resources and the various blogs I’ve shared to create your own office disaster plan. The National Preparedness tagline this year was “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” If you need support and strategies to create office organizing plans at work, reach out to this NYC Professional Office Organizer.