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READY NEW YORKMYEMERGENCYPLANMichael R. Bloomberg, MayorOffice of Emergency ManagementDepartment for the AgingMayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

MY INFORMATIONPlease print. If viewing as a PDF, clickon the highlighted areas to type in theinformation.Name:Address:Day Phone:Evening Phone:Cell Phone:E-mail:

There are three basic steps to beingprepared for any emergency:MAKE A PLANGATHER SUPPLIESGET INFORMEDThink about how emergencies mayaffect you. Emergencies can rangefrom house fires, to falls in the home,to hurricanes. Use this guide now tolist what you might need during anemergency.3

1MAKE APLANCREATE AN EMERGENCYSUPPORT NETWORKYou don’t want to go through an emergency alone.Ask at least two people to be in your network — familymembers, friends, neighbors, caregivers, coworkers,or members of community groups. Remember, you willhelp each other in emergencies.Your emergency support network should:Stay in contact during an emergency.Keep spare sets of your keys.Know where to find your emergency supplies.Know how to operate your equipment or help moveyou in an emergency.Support network contacts:Name/Relationship:Phone (home/work/cell):E-mail:Name/Relationship:Phone (home/work/cell):E-mail:Pick an out-of-state friend or relative who family orfriends can call during a disaster. If local phone linesare busy, long-distance calls may be easier to make.This out-of-state contact can help you communicatewith those in your network.Out-of-state contact:Name/Relationship:Phone (home/work/cell):E-mail:4

2DEVELOPA PLANImportant health and life-saving information:Allergies:Special medical conditions:Medications and daily doses:Eyeglass prescription:Blood type:Communication devices/Equipment:Health insurance plan:Preferred hospital:Individual #:Group armacy:Address:City:Phone:Fax:5

2MAKE APLANDEVELOPA PLAN (CONTINUED)TransportationBe prepared to make other transportation plans ifyour subway or bus is not running.I will call (friend):Phone (home/work/cell):Taxi service:Phone:Make a habit of learning exits whenever you are in a newlocation (e.g., shopping mall, restaurant, movie theater).Include Communication in Your PlanTake time now to plan how you will talk to friendsor emergency workers in an emergency. During anemergency, your normal way of communicatingmay be affected by changes in environment, noise,or confusion. Know how and what you will need tocommunicate during an emergency.If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, practicecommunicating your needs through gestures, notecards, text messages, or other means.If you are blind or have low vision, be prepared toexplain to others how best to guide you.6

Prepare something now that describes your needs inshort, meaningful phrases. You may not have much timeto get your message across. Prewritten cards or textmessages can help you share information during astressful or uncomfortable situation. Phrases can include:I may have difficulty understanding what you aretelling me. Please speak slowly and use simplelanguage.I use a device to communicate.I am Deaf and use American Sign Language.Please write down directions.I speak [insert language].Your cards should apply to emergencies in and outsideyour home. Be sure to keep them with you at all times.If you have difficulty creating cards, ask family, friends,or caregivers to help.Below is space for you to write your own phrases:7

3MAKE APLANKNOW HOW TOEVACUATEEvacuate immediately if your life is in danger.Evacuate immediately if you smell gas, or see smokeor fire.Call 911 if you are stranded and need emergencyassistance to evacuate your home.Remember to tune in to local radio and TV stations,access, or call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115) for thelatest emergency information.Meeting PlaceKnow where you will meet family, friends, or caregiversafter an emergency. Pick two places to meet: one rightoutside your home and another outside your neighborhood,such as a library, community center, or place of worship.Meeting place close to home:Address:Meeting place outside neighborhood:Address:Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zoneby visiting the Hurricane Zone Finder or calling 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115).I live in zone:8 A B C No Zone

Pick friends or family with whom you can stay in caseyou cannot stay at home.I can stay with:Name/Relationship:Address:Phone Phone (home/work/cell):E-mail:Practice evacuating regularly and consider differentsituations you may face, such as blocked paths or exits.Include service animals in your drills so they becomefamiliar with exit routes.ShelteringFor people who have no other place to stay, disastershelters may be set up in schools, City buildings, andplaces of worship. They provide basic food and water.Shelters DO NOT have special equipment (e.g., oxygen,mobility aids, batteries). Be prepared to bring your own.Shelters are subject to change depending on theemergency. To find an accessible shelter near youduring an emergency, call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115).Ask family members or someone in your emergencysupport network to go with you to the shelter.9

GATHERSUPPLIES4PACK AGO BAGEveryone in your household should have a Go Bag —a collection of things you would want if you haveto leave in a hurry. Your Go Bag should be sturdyand easy to carry, like a backpack or a small suitcaseon wheels.Check off items you have and add those youwill need:Copies of your important documents in a waterproofcontainer (e.g., insurance cards, Medicare/Medicaidcards, photo IDs, proof of address, marriage and birthcertificates, copies of credit and ATM cards)Flashlight, battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extrabatteriesList of the medications you take, why you take them,and their dosagesContact information for your household and membersof your support networkNotepad and penAerosol tire repair kits and/or tire inflator to repair flatwheelchair or scooter tiresSupplies for your service animal or pet (e.g., food,extra water, bowl, leash, cleaning items, vaccinationrecords, and medications)Back-up medical equipment (e.g., glasses, batteries)Other personal items:10

READY NEW YORKMYEMERGENCYPLANMichael R. Bloomberg, MayorOffice of Emergency ManagementDepartment for the AgingMayor’s Office for People with Disabilities11

GATHERSUPPLIES5PUT TOGETHER ANEMERGENCY SUPPLY KITIn some emergencies, like coastal storms and tornadoes,you may have to stay at home. An emergency supplykit should have enough supplies for at least three days.Check off items you have and add those youwill need:One gallon of drinking water per person per dayNon-perishables, ready-to-eat canned foods, and amanual can openerFlashlight, battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extrabatteries, or wind-up radios that do not require batteriesWhistle or bellBack-up medical equipment (e.g., oxygen, medication,scooter battery, hearing aids, mobility aids, glasses,facemasks, gloves)Style and serial numbers of medical devices (such aspacemakers) and usage instructionsOther items:12

Special ConsiderationsIf you rely on electric medical equipment, contact yourmedical supply company for information about backup power.Ask your utility company if you qualify as a lifesustaining equipment customer, and see if you cansign up for priority power restoration.If you rely on oxygen, talk to your oxygen supplierabout emergency replacements.If you receive treatments such as dialysis orchemotherapy, know your provider’s emergency plan.ONCE YOU HAVE FILLED OUT THISGUIDE, YOU ARE A READY NEW YORKER!CONGRATULATIONS!13

RESOURCES6GETINFORMEDNEW YORK CITYRESOURCESUnless otherwise noted,call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115)or use tocontact City agencies.NYC Office ofEmergency Department forthe’s Office forPeople with New Yorkpreparedness Zone NYC — the City’ssource for INVOLVED: TAKECLASSES OR JOINTHE PREPAREDNESSEFFORTAmerican Red Cross inGreater New NYC CommunityEmergency ResponseTeam (CERT) Citizen Edison800-75-CONED(800-752-6633)(TTY: 800-642-2308),www.coned.comLIPA800-490-0075(TTY: 631-755-6660)www.lipower.orgNational Grid718-643-4050,(TTY: 718-237-2857)www.nationalgridus.com14

NOT-FOR-PROFITSERVICE PROVIDERSNational Organizationon Disability’sEmergencyPreparedness Initiative202-293-5960,(TTY: 202-293-5968), RESOURCESAdd your own important resources and phonenumbers here.LifeNetFor mental healthinformation, a referral,or if you need to talkto someone, call NewYork City’s confidential,24-hour Mental HealthHotline.English and all otherlanguages: 800-LIFENET(800-543-3638),(TTY: 212-982-5284)In Spanish: 877-AYUDESE(877-298-3373)In Mandarin, Cantonese,and Korean:877-990-8585OEM would like to thank Special Needs AdvisoryGroup members for their hard work on this project.15


Ready New York preparedness info Hurricane Zone Finder Notify NYC—the City’s source for emergency updates GET INVOLVED: TAKE CLASSES OR JOIN THE PREPAREDNESS EFFORT American Red Cross in Greater New York 877-RED-CROSS (877-733-2

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