New York City is prone to a number of situations that
make emergency preparedness not just a good idea, but
also a vital one. There is a wealth of resources
available to help you and your family become more
prepared to deal with unexpected events (see links at
right). Experts recommend for you to be prepared to take
care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours
without outside assistance.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation has its own
Corporate and local response emergency preparedness plan. Working in
conjunction with all Operating Corporation Departments,
and with City and State Agencies (when necessary), the
Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation is committed to
being prepared in the event of an emergency. Roosevelt
Island has an Emergency Management Committee that meets
bi-annually. This committee is made up of our community
partners and citizens to give guidance on our
preparation and mitigation efforts.
You help by being prepared
Preparing yourself and your family for an emergency is
the best way you can help your community when disaster
strikes. Resources during that time are stretched to the
limits and the more you can take care of yourself and
those around you, the better chance you will have of
keeping a bad situation from turning worse.
Have an emergency response
kit at home that will help sustain your family
for 72 hours. You can find out what to have in
this kit by going to the Preparedness links to
the right or have information sent to you by
Take a First Aid/CPR Class,
have functional Fire Extinguishers, Smoke
Detectors and Weather Radios in your home.
Have a bag in your vehicle
with emergency clothing, first aid kit,
flashlight, AM/FM Weather Radio (they are backed
up by batteries), water, and non-perishable
Have a bag at your work place
with the same, if your employer doesnt have
Have a Family Plan to ensure
you communicate your safety status. Try to plan
this to minimize using phone and cell phones.
Email and calls to out of state relatives often
work the best.
Join or start a Neighborhood
Watch Program through the Police Department.
These programs now also address emergency
preparedness and Homeland Security issues.
Take Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT)
training hosted by the New York City Office of
Emergency Management. Be prepared to help your
neighborhood or work place in the event of an
emergency. Call 311 for more information.
In the Event of an
Listen to your radio. If you
have a Weather Radio, it is backed up with
batteries. The Weather Radio is now broadcasting
significant public awareness events besides the
weather, like Amber Alerts.
If the TV is working and the
event is significant to New York City, the Mayor
of New York will broadcast information on the
major television networks and the New York City
web site if possible.
Learn what it means to
Shelter in Place, and be prepared to do so if
requested. (You can find out how to do this by
looking on the Preparedness links to the right
or have information sent to you by calling 311.
Activate your family plan and
ensure their safety. Do NOT go to your
childrens school until directed to do so, as
they have a plan in place to keep your children
safe. Roadways, like phone lines, need to be
If you belong to a
Neighborhood Watch, activate your plan to check
on each other, neighborhood hazards and those in
our community that are more vulnerable and may
need assistance, i.e. handicapped, senior
citizens and those who do not speak English.
How to stay informed
- For non-emergency outages and
events specific to Roosevelt Island, you can keep
informed by several methods
- Visit our website at the
- Call our information
hotline at 212-308-6608
- Subscribe to receive