Notify NYC is the City of New York’s official source for information about emergency events and important City services. It is a free service launched by the New York City Office of Emergency Management in 2007, allowing users to receive alerts through various communications devices, such as cell phones, landlines, email, Twitter, and RSS. Users can specify which alerts they would like to receive, and determine their specific location of interest with zip codes. Registration is free and simple. Notify NYC services residents and visitors to all five boroughs of the City of New York: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.
Sponsored by the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT), Notify NYC was launched in May 2007 as a four-area pilot program. Participants provided feedback through surveys, customer service emails and calls to 311. Based on feedback from the original pilot, the first phase of Notify NYC services was launched citywide on May 28, 2009, offering free access to a variety of alert and notification services.
Notify NYC has extended its capability, allowing for any New York City agency to send out group-specific alerts and notifications. Interested candidates can contact Notify NYC to develop this free service for their agency. As of January 1, 2010, Notify NYC has partnered with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to provide expanded information on school delays, closings, and early dismissals. To receive school notifications and alerts, users must add the address of their child’s school, to their areas of interest in account settings. School addresses can be found by visiting the Department of Education website.
In 2011 a scheme for emergency notifications to mobile phones was announced.
- Engadget.com Emergency Alert System going mobile