Upper West Side CERT


A Year of Ready New York for Upper West Siders

Upper West Side CERT is right on track in its commitment to produce a readiness event for the local community at least six times a year. Its Ready New York (RNY) presentations and tabling events bring preparedness skills and awareness to diverse populations on the Upper West Side and provide a valuable opportunity to get people thinking about the value of informed self-reliance.

In the past year we have mounted:

  • 4/11/18 – RNY for 29 West 65 Street
  • 4/25/18 – RNY for 10 West 66 Street
  • 8/7/18 – National Night Out in Verdi Square
  • 9/5/18 – RNY at Community Board 7
  • 10/10/18 – Pet Safe on the Esplanade in Riverside Park
  • 2/8/19 – RNY for Seniors at Goddard Riverside Community Center
  • 3/26/19 RNY for students at Booker T. Washington Middle School

Ready New York presentations are free and available to groups of 20 people or more. We cover how to evacuate or shelter in place in the event of an emergency, how to build a Go Bag and make a plan, and how to access vital information and resources online.

If you would like to arrange a Ready New York presentation for your group, email ready@uwscert.org, and someone will get back to you.

If you are interested in becoming a CERT member, you can learn all about the program and how to get trained here. Once you are certified, UWS CERT’s Recruitment and Orientation Committee can help you find meaningful involvement with the team.

Make this your year to Get Ready!


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Pet Safe on the Esplanade

Sparky’s owner keeps his and Sparky’s Go Bags near the door, packed and ready to grab and go in an emergency.

Upper West Side CERT and Battery Park City CERT are presenting a free special event to benefit pets and the people who love them. Look for our green tent and stop by to say hello.

Here are the details:

On the Esplanade
Riverside Park at W. 87 St., near the dog run
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Meet Jane Kopelman, Guest Instructor, DogsOfCourse.com

Sponsored by:




What you can learn:
•  Emergency Preparedness for Pets
•  Safety Tips for Pets and Their Humans
•  Animal CPR
•  Service Animals in Public Places
•  Your pet needs a Go Bag, too! Learn what to pack.

Lots of take-home information and treats!

Two lucky raffle winners will take home a Pet Safe Go Bag! sponsored by PETCO.

Download flyer: 100718-UWSCERT PET PLAN Flyer-4 for 101018


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A New Bimonthly Schedule for Ready New York Presentations

Upper West Side CERT has redesigned its Ready New York presentation offering. In the past, it has been presented to tenant groups and organizations by request and on their premises, but this arrangement has proved less than optimal in cases where the location lacks Wifi, adequate space or seating, or other requirements for accommodating large numbers of people.

In the future, with few exceptions, we will provide an Upper West Side location and invite participation via social media. We are aiming for one presentation every other month. Look for future announcements on this page, Facebook, and Twitter.

Our next event will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., at Community Board 7, 250 West 87 Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10024. The event is free but RSVPs are a must.

To reserve your spot, reply with your name and the names of those in your party to:
Tar Beaty
Deputy Team Chief
Upper West Side CERT

Ready New York presentations include the screening of a video; information on how to prepare a Go Bag for yourself, your family, and pets; and how to evacuate or shelter in place in the event of an emergency or disaster. We also provide printed materials for your future reference. This location is wheelchair accessible.

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Tickets Going Fast for UWS CERT 10th Anniversary Celebration

Upper West Side CERT’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration, scheduled for March 1, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the American Museum of Natural History, is just around the corner. Bill Ritter, WABC-TV News anchor, will emcee the program. We expect this event to sell out, so register now. A few tickets are still available but they’re going fast.

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