Be BC Ready


Be BC Ready is a program developed and presented by local government and human services organizations and is designed to provide the residents of Broome County with information on how to prepare for emergencies from natural disasters to an influenza pandemic. 2008 was the program's inaugural year. Representatives from the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Broome County Office of Emergency Services, the Broome County Health Department, and the Broome County Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) have lead presentations about our emergency response plans, resources and how you can become more prepared!

Sign up for notifications from NY-ALERT

Broome County wants to be able to get in touch with you during emergencies!

In cooperation with the New York State Office of Emergency Management Broome County's Office of Emergency Services uses NY-ALERT to send out mass notifications to the entire county or a targeted area. Best of all, you get to set your own preferences for what type of alerts you wish to receive. For more information, watch the informational video and sign up today using the link below!

How Prepared Are You?

The Council for Excellence in Government teamed up with government and human services agencies to develop a quiz that allows you to determine your "Readiness Quotient" or RQ. Take the RQ quiz by using the link below and then come back to our site to learn how to improve your score!

Preparedness Links

For more information on individual, family, and business preparedness please visit the following websites:

American Red Cross
General Preparedness

Broome County Government
County Website Entrance (information posted here during emergencies)
Health Department Website
Office of Emergency Services Website

New York State Government
New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
New York State Department of Health

United States Government
United States Department of Homeland Security
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Citizen Corps Program
Medical Reserve Corps Program
Be Ready Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Specific Information on Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness

World Health Organization (WHO)
World Health Organization Main Page

Be Red Cross Ready
While the American Red Cross and our partners are committed to lending a helping hand to those in need, assistance may be delayed in times of disaster. That's why it's important for your family to Be Red Cross Ready. This is a program designed to help families to be prepared. If you attend one of our community presentations, American Red Cross personnel will be on-site to review the program with you. If you would like the American Red Cross to present this program to your group call the Red Cross' Community Services team at 607.785.7207.

Let's Get Ready:
Fun and easy ways to help the whole family prepare for any type of emergency including videos, articles and further links.
Family Friendly Resources on Emergency Preparedness

Contact Numbers

Below is a list of Government and Human Service agencies that are involved in emergency/disaster preparedness and response. For more information on their programs or services please contact them directly.

Action for Older Persons

American Red Cross - Southern Tier Chapter
General Information 607.785.7207

Broome County Council of Churches

Broome County Office for Aging

Broome County Office of Emergency Services
24/7 EMERGENCY - 911
Director/Fire Coordinator - 607.778.1208
Emergency Medical Services Coordinator - 607.778.2184

Broome County Department of Social Services

Dog Shelter

First Call for Help
607.729.9100 / 1.800.227.5353

Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier

Salvation Army

United Health Services Nurse Direct
607.763.5555 / 1.800.295.8088