The New York City Emergency Management Department today released its annual report that highlights the agency’s accomplishments from July 2019 through June 2020. The report provides a snapshot of the agency’s role in leading the coordination of the City’s response to numerous incidents while underscoring its mission to prepare for, respond to, and help New Yorkers recover from emergencies.
“Driven by our mission and core values, our role is to make New York City the most ready and resilient it can be. As our city faces an ever-evolving landscape of natural and man-made threats, coordinating the City’s preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts is more critical than ever,” writes NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell.
Over the last year, NYC Emergency Management has led the coordination of the City’s response to multiple emergencies. From power outages and neighborhood sewage backups to an earthquake in Puerto Rico and a global pandemic, the agency has addressed these challenges head-on, while adapting to the complexities of each emergency. The report underscores NYC Emergency Management’s mission of a community approach to preparedness, highlighting neighborhood engagement through scores of community preparedness workshops, Ready New York presentations, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer initiatives.