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NYC Health Department Reminder:
Take Precautions to Prevent Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

Dear Community Partner,

The NYC Health Department urges all New Yorkers to take precautions to prevent mosquitoes and mosquito bites. Mosquitoes can spread diseases including West Nile virus.

Older adults and those with weakened immune systems are at the highest risk for severe illness from West Nile virus. There is no vaccine to prevent West Nile virus but there are simple precautions that can be taken to protect yourself and your clients from the mosquito bites

From May through October, The Health Department is conducting FREE in-person and virtual seminars on mosquito bite and West Nile virus prevention for older adults since they are at highest risk for severe illness from West Nile virus. If you are interested in hosting a session for your center or have an event you would like us to table at, please email or through the NYC Health Department’s Speaker Request Survey

Please share the below tips on West Nile virus and mosquito bite prevention with your clients:

  • Limit outdoor activity in the evening, especially at dusk and dawn. That’s when the mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus are most active.

  • Use an EPA-approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

  • Wear protective clothing outside, especially during the evening. During the day, avoid dark-colored clothing.

  • Do not wear colognes, perfumes or scented body lotions.

  • Avoid shaded, bushy areas where mosquitoes rest during the day.

  • Use window screens and repair or replace screens that have tears or holesto prevent mosquitoes from flying indoors.

  • Remind your property manager or superintendent that standing water can attract mosquitoes and encourage them to remove standing water on your property.

Thank you for helping to protect New Yorkers from West Nile virus.

The West Nile virus Prevention Unit
Office of Vector Surveillance and Control
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Learn more about preventing mosquitoes and West Nile virus by visiting

Poison Prevention Newsletter  
September 2023

About  Us

The NYC Poison Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for treatment advice about exposures to poisons, plants, medicines or questions about medicine safety. Pharmacists and nurses certified in poison information are there to give advice. All calls are free and confidential. Translator services are provided in more than 150 languages.

Call: 212-POISONS (212-764-7667)

Contact Us

Useful Links

Visit our Website

Request free multilingual prevention and medicine safety materials.


Poison Prevention and Medicine Safety virtual workshops are available in English, Spanish and Chinese. To schedule a virtual presentation for parents, staff or older adults, fill out the request form here.

Online Training

Our online training teaches key messages about poison prevention in the home. A certificate will be emailed after completion of the training and post-test. Access the training now!

The week of September 18-22, 2023 is Falls Prevention Awareness Week. It's important to take steps to reduce the risk for falls at home and learn how to manage medications safely. 

Falls Prevention Safety Tips 
In NYC, falls are a leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalization for older adults. 

  • Almost half of all falls occur in the home. You can improve safety at home with simple fixes like securing electrical cords, keeping walkways clear and making sure you have adequate lighting at night. Use the Home Safety Checklist to fix hazards at home. 

  • Physical activity has many health benefits. Muscle-strengthening and balance activities are especially helpful for preventing falls. Click here to find examples that can help reduce your risk. 

  • Take care of your feet and wear proper footwear, even at home. Wear shoes with a firm, nonslip sole and speak with your health care provider regarding any painful foot problems. Learn more here

  • Your risk of falling goes up if you have trouble seeing clearly or hearing well. Visit an eye doctor once a year for a comprehensive eye exam, and have your provider check your hearing regularly. Learn more here.

This month is also a good time to review your medications. Certain medications, including those that affect your brain, heart or blood sugar levels, can increase the risk for falls. Check with your health care provider or the NYC Poison Center about the medications family members currently take.  

Medicine Safety Tips  

  • Keep track of your medicines, use a Medicine List Card and review it regularly with your health care providers and pharmacist. 

  • To keep track of your medication throughout the day, use a multi-dose pill box or Medicine Communication Log. Post this in a visible place in your home. 

  • Call the NYC Poison Control Center any time at 212-POISONS (212-764-7667) to ask questions about medicines including dosing, side effects, interactions and safe disposal. Learn more here

Free September Webinars

  • The NYC Health Department's Education and Community Partnership Unit and Poison Control Center offer FREE virtual multilingual workshops about medicine safety, falls prevention, home safety and more. All participants receive a certificate. The full schedule and the links for registration can be accessed here

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Lincoln Center Moments is a free performance-based program specially designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Join us as we bring Lincoln Center's unparalleled artistry to an intimate and supported setting. This program is free of charge and registration is required. 


Explore the Spring 2023 Performance Calendar at 


Virtual Programs 

Virtual programs are 90 minutes long, including live or recorded performances by artists and activities facilitated by educators and music therapists that explore the work through discussion, movement, music, and art-making. These programs are open to audiences impacted by dementia anywhere in the world with access to Zoom. 


In-Person Programs 


Performances at 11:00 am are Relaxed Performances, designed for a neurodiverse audience. In addition to audiences impacted by dementia, these performances are also open to adults with developmental disabilities. 


Performances at 1:00 pm are followed by an hour-long workshop specially designed for audiences impacted by dementia—facilitated by educators and music therapists that explore the work through discussion, movement, music, and art-making. 


For everyone’s health and safety, masks are required at all in-person programs. Additional COVID-19 safety precautions will be communicated to registered attendees before each event. In-person programs will be held on Lincoln Center’s campus in the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse.  


To join the community and access registration, please fill out this registration form or contact or 212-875-5375. 




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The Advance Warning System (AWS) disseminates information to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs through their service providers. Please share the important information below with your clients and other agencies or individuals to empower them to make informed decisions.



September 12, 2023 — New York City Emergency Management announced today that it is continuing its monitoring and preparedness activities in advance of potential impacts from Hurricane Lee, a Category 3 storm currently located about 550 miles south of Bermuda. Although the storm poses no immediate threat to New York City, the agency is urging New Yorkers to remain alert and be prepared.

 NYCEM is closely evaluating all possible aspects of the storm’s effects on New York City. At this time, no significant winds, rain or flooding is expected in NYC. However, indirect impacts, such as high surf and dangerous rip currents, are likely to develop along Atlantic-facing beaches tomorrow.

 “We are closely watching Hurricane Lee and while its impact on New York City is still uncertain, these next few days are the best time to review your own emergency plans and supplies as we move through the peak of hurricane season,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol. “Our City’s emergency managers are fully engaged and coordinating across agencies to ensure the safety of our residents. But we can't do it alone. I urge every New Yorker to review your emergency plans, know if you are in an evacuation zone, and stay informed through Notify NYC. We all play a role in our city's resilience.”

 As part of its comprehensive plan, New York City Emergency Management is intensifying its coordination efforts with partners in the public and private sectors. Coordinated interagency calls are being organized to brief these partners on emerging risks, review operational plans for a coastal storm, and to prepare them for potential escalation in their own response measures, if required. Specialized emergency assets and response teams are on standby, ready for rapid deployment as conditions warrant.

 NYC Emergency Management advises all residents—especially those in flood-prone areas, as well as basement apartment dwellers—to undertake preemptive preparedness actions to prepare for this and future storms. The actions include staying informed about the latest forecast and updates from NYC Emergency Management, making a plan for how to stay safe if a storm impacts New York City, and having a Go Bag that includes food, water, first-aid supplies, and other essentials.

 NYC Emergency Management issued the following guidance to help New Yorkers and their family stay safe, regardless of the storm's ultimate course: 




Areas of NYC prone to storm surge flooding are divided into six evacuation zones.


Be aware of your evacuation zone; visit to check if you're in one of these areas.


During a coastal storm, evacuation orders may be issued for residents in hurricane evacuation zones.



Develop a comprehensive emergency plan to ensure the safety of you and your family.


Visit for resources and guidance on creating your plan.



Sign up for Notify NYC, the official, free emergency communications program of the City of New York.


Receive emergency notifications via the Notify NYC mobile app,, 311, or @NotifyNYC on Twitter.


Messages are available in 13 languages, including American Sign Language.


Additional Tips for Comprehensive Preparedness


Stay Informed: The City will send emergency alerts through various channels, including Notify NYC, available in 13 different languages, with a special sub-group dedicated to Basement Apartment Dwellers. Register at or dial 311.


Plan for Special Needs: If you have a disability or specific access and functional needs, ensure your emergency plan addresses how these factors may affect your evacuation, sheltering, and communication with emergency personnel. Seek assistance from your family or service providers as needed.


Gather Supplies: Every household member should have a Go Bag packed with essential items for evacuation, such as bottled water, non-perishable food, and basic medical supplies.


Develop a Communication Plan: Create a clear plan with your household members outlining what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes. Utilize the Ready New York: My Emergency Plan Hurricane Guide at Be familiar with your evacuation zone and have a plan in case evacuation becomes necessary.


Have the Right Insurance: Protect your home or business by obtaining separate flood insurance. Basic policies do not cover flood and wind damage. Homeowners, renters, and business owners are eligible for flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. Learn more at


Consider Basement Precautions: If you live in a basement or below-grade apartment, be aware that you may be vulnerable to flooding, even if you're not in an evacuation zone. Follow City guidance for additional actions aimed at below-grade dwellings.


Property Maintenance: Clean your property, including your roof, crawlspaces, vents, decks/patios, and gutters. Dispose of any debris that could become dangerous projectiles during a storm.


Prepare for Outages

To prepare for a possible power outage, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn your refrigerator and freezer to a colder setting. If you lose power, items that need refrigeration will stay cooler for longer.

Make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are working. Keep extra batteries.


If you lose power and have a disability, access and functional needs or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, dial 911.


Do not use generators indoors.


Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors, especially older adults and people with disabilities, access and functional needs, or health conditions. Help them to prepare if needed.

For more safety tips, visit Before and during an emergency, the City will send emergency alerts and updates to New Yorkers through various channels including Notify NYC, the City's free emergency notification system. Through Notify NYC, New Yorkers can receive phone calls, text messages, and/or emails alerts about traffic and transit disruptions and other emergencies. Sign up for Notify NYC to receive free emergency alerts and updates in your preferred language by visiting, calling 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115), following @NotifyNYC on Twitter, or getting the free Notify NYC mobile application for your Apple or Android device.


MEDIA CONTACT:          Press Office (718) 422-4888

STAY CONNECTED:        Twitter: @NotifyNYC (emergency notifications)

@nycemergencymgt (emergency preparedness info)

Facebook:       /NYCemergencymanagement


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