Emergency Preparedness

Office of Emergency Management

The mission of the Office of the Emergency Management is to utilize the City work force, outside governmental agencies, businesses and the public in order to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and in some instances mitigate the results of natural, technical and man-made disaster events. The City’s primary first response effort includes the Police, Fire, and Public Works Department.

The time to prepare for emergencies is now. By taking 3 action steps, residents can better safeguard themselves and their families in an event of an emergency.
  • Get a Kit

    - It is recommended that you have at least 3 days of supplies in an easy-to-carry evacuation kit, with additional supplies on hand.
    • A supply of water sealed in unbreakable containers.
    • Non-perishable foods that require no refrigeration and are ready to eat with little or no preparation. A manual can opener is essential.
    • First-aid kit with prescription medications. Make sure medical information and instructions are clearly written.
    • Stay tuned and alert: Use battery or crank powered radios and flashlights.
    • Have a change of clothes, gloves, hats, and sturdy shoes available, in addition to blankets or sleeping bags. Pay attention to special items for infants, toddlers, disabled, or elderly family members.
    • Have photo id on hand, with important papers, copies of birth certificate, insurance policies, passports etc.
    • Cash and credit cards
  • Make a Plan

    • Devote some time to emergency planning, and make it a part of your normal routine.
    • Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to occur. Emergency plans can be used in response to various different disaster events.
    • Choose 2 places to meet after your disaster : (1) Right outside your home in an event of fire or (2) Outside you neighborhood in case you are unable to return home.
    • Practice, Practice - it is important practice the plan at least twice a year.
    • Ask an out of state friend to be your family contact. In an event of an emergency, other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Make sure that everyone knows the emergency contact number.
    • Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.)
    • Discuss how you would take care of your pets in an emergency.
  • Be Informed

    In an event of an emergency, residents should tune into their local radio and watch their local and regional television stations for emergency updates, and advisement.
The following suggestions have been developed by the Red Cross in cooperation with Westchester County Office of Emergency Management and the City of New Rochelle.
WVOX - 1460 AM
Channel 12 News
Cable NRTV 75
Local news channels
For additional preparedness information log onto: www.ready.gov, www.americanredcross.org,