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At The City University of New York, we recognize that our efforts will always been vulnerable to hazards, but we recognize our responsibilities to our faculty, staff and students as well as the New York City community.  The Emergency Preparedness Program works to make planning ahead for emergencies part of daily business planning and campus life. Emergencies can strike anytime or anywhere and can affect everyone. All members of the campus community share the responsibility for preparedness.  CUNY has a long history of being the pioneer among higher education institutions and has the opportunity to continue that spirit by its preparation for the unexpected and its readiness to effectively handle any incident.


Michael Agnew
University Risk Management and Business Continuity Director
Phone: 646-664-2863
Office: 205 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

Partners In Preparedness

The City University of New York participates in the NYC Emergency Management’s Partners in Preparedness.  The Partners in Preparedness program helps CUNY to better prepare students, faculty, staff for disasters. View the full list of Partners in Preparedness here.

Register for Partners in Preparedness

Partners in Preparedness Activity Guide

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Emergency Communications

The Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) and Wireless Priority Service (WPS) supports University leadership in an emergency or crisis situation when the landline and/or wireless networks are congested and the probability of completing a normal call is reduced.  University emergency management stakeholders and essential personnel may receive GETS / WPS service, upon the approval of the University Chief Information Officer.  For more information about the program contact

Crisis Communication Planning

Crisis Communications Plan


Emergency Manager Courses

FEMA Independent Study-1: Emergency Manager: An Orientation to the Position

FEMA Independent Study-230: Fundamentals of Emergency Management

FEMA Independent Study-908: Emergency Management for Senior Officials

Emergency Planning Courses

FEMA Independent Study-235:  Emergency Planning


The City University of New York is a signatory on the City of New York Hazard Mitigation Plan. City stakeholders, including the University, participate in the hazard assessment process, utilizing various methods to calculate threat and risk for the University and surrounding community.  Additional information is available in the City of New York 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan at

Emergency Preparedness Program Resources