Citizen Preparedness Corps

Be Informed - Be Aware


It is important to be aware of what hazards, natural or man-made, may impact your community. New Yorkers have many ways to be aware and stay informed of what is happening in their community. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.


In addition to getting emergency information and updates through radio and television news, you can sign up for NY-ALERT to receive emergency information via the web, cell phone, email, and other technologies.

It is also important to be able to recognize and report suspicious activity.  New York State promotes the "See Something, Say Something" campaign and the State's Terrorism Tip Line (1-866-SAFE-NYS - 1-866-723-3697). Information is also provided on the eight signs of terrorism (listed below).

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You can now also "See Something, Send Something", which allows anyone to capture suspicious activity as a photo or written note, and send the information to the New York State Intelligence Center. From there, the tip will be reviewed and if relevant, sent to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The application, which can be downloaded for free for iPhone and Android phone users, can be downloaded at

Learn how to spot suspicious activity

We have the opportunity to identify individuals with malicious intentions before they are able to cause damage. While preparing for an attack they may conduct themselves in ways that do not match the usual pattern of activity found within our daily lives, which makes them stand out from others. Know the routines of your community, always remain alert and aware of what is going on around you, and take what you hear seriously. Share this important information with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Learn the 8 signs of terrorism

Know how to describe suspicious behavior

The more accurately you can describe the behavior you observed, the more useful you will be to the authorities reviewing the suspicious activity or incident. Learn how to accurately describe suspicious behavior

If you observe suspicious activity, always remember these important tips:

  • DO NOT take direct action
  • DO NOT confront the individual
  • DO NOT reveal your suspicions
  • DO record as many details as possible
  • DO notify the appropriate authorities as soon as possible

Active Shooter/Active Violence

It is also important to know what to do when faced with an Active Shooter/Active Violence situation. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, sometimes before law enforcement arrives, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation. The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has produced an instructional video designed to educate the public on what to do in the event of an active shooter situation.