[New Date] Stay Alert: Nationwide Emergency Test on October 3

UPDATE: Due to the response of Hurricane Florence, the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) has been postponed until October 3rd. 

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the Federal Emergency and Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) beginning at 2:18 p.m. ET. The test will assess how ready the distribution channels are in case a national message needs sending and determine whether improvements are needed.


Notify NYC – Traffic Delays

Notification issued 10/8/17 at 9:00 AM. In celebration of the Columbus Day holiday, two parades will take place in Manhattan. – Sunday, 10/8: Hispanic Columbus Day parade between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM, along 5th Avenue between East 43rd Street and East 78th Street. – Monday, 10/9: Columbus Day Parade between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, along 5th Avenue from East 47th Street to East 78th Street. Expect traffic delays, road closures, and large crowds in these areas during parade times.

Notify NYC – Flash Flood Warning

Alert issued 8/2/17 at 5:29 PM. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for The Bronx and Manhattan until 6:45 PM. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of urban areas, highways, streets, and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground. For the latest information, visit: http://www.weather.gov/nyc. If you lose power and have a disability or access needs, or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1. Residential oil tanks in flooded basements may leak or rupture. If you suspect an oil spill in your home, call the NYSDEC Spill Hotline at (800) 457-7362. For more information on home heating oil spills, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8428.html#response or call 311.

Notify NYC – Heat Advisory

Notification issued 7/12/17 at 12:45 PM. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for New York City until 6:00 PM Thursday, 7/13. These conditions are dangerous to health. Avoid strenuous activity. People without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk. For more information, please visit: www.weather.gov/okx/.

Notify NYC – Planned Aircraft Flyover

Notify NYC – Planned Aircraft Flyover

Notification issued 6/14/17 at 3:00 PM. A flight of two Navy F/A-18F aircraft will fly over the Hudson River tomorrow, 6/15, at approximately 2:00 PM. The aircraft will fly at approximately 2,000-2,500 feet.

Take Steps To Be Healthier This Men’s Health Month

Take Steps To Be Healthier This Men’s Health Month

This Men’s Health Month, we’re gathering up the resources that you need to help you and your family take steps toward better health. Boys and men in the United States, on average, die 5.6 years earlier than women and die at higher rates from nine of the top 10 leading causes of death. Start today, and encourage others to join you!

Get a “cheat sheet” for men’s cancer screenings

Check out a PDF of nutrition and diet tips.

Learn more about staying healthy at any age.

Find more resources for men’s health including mental health.

Notify NYC – Exercise

Notification issued 5/5/17 at 3:00 PM. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will conduct an emergency exercise at the World Trade Center (WTC) on Saturday, 5/6, from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM. There will be an increased presence of emergency personnel around the facility before, during and after the exercise. Operations at WTC will not be impacted during this time. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/2pdikX5.


Notify NYC – Planned Aircraft Flyover

Notification issued 5/1/17 at 12:00 PM. Tomorrow and Wednesday, 5/2 and 5/3, a small, black with blue stripe aircraft (Tail number #N355AG) is scheduled to conduct aerial filming over Midtown Manhattan between 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. The aircraft will fly at an altitude of approximately 800-1,500 feet.

Introducing Citizen!

The Citizen app notifies you when a crime or other major incident is reported to 911 near you. It allows for the live-streaming of incidents, giving you complete transparency of your neighborhood around you. In New York City alone, there are nearly 10,000 calls to 911 each and every day. Many of these are for life-threatening emergencies or crimes occurring with thousands of people around.

On October 26, 2016, we released a prototype of our technology that we named Vigilante, available on the iPhone. Alongside the app, we published a dramatized video showing an assault incident thwarted by a group of people using the app.

The response was overwhelming; within 48 hours we had downloads and in-app requests for service in all 50 states, in addition to dozens of countries around the world. The importance and need for this app was quickly validated.

But the name Vigilante also created a distraction for some people. And for some, we left the impression that it was encouraged for average, untrained users of the app to race towards any given crime scene.

Vigilante was soon removed from the App Store for a violation of Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines, with concerns centered around user safety.

This was a good thing. We needed to make some changes.

Our mission has always been to build safer communities through transparency. With the learnings from our first launch, and a renewed determination towards our mission, we have made a series of important changes.

  1. The name is now Citizen. This more accurately communicates our mission, and we have entirely rebranded the app.
  2. We have reinforced our focus on safety. We built this app to create safety; any reckless or dangerous behavior will not be tolerated. Our in-app messages now more strongly communicate this, and the terms of service have also been updated to reflect this policy.
  3. Our network has broadened. We have incorporated advice from, and are now in active communication with, officials from the City, representatives from the New York Police Department, and a variety of community leaders.

We are proud to announce we are launching on both iOS and Android as Citizen.