Notify NYC is the City of New York’s official, free emergency communications program. When you subscribe to Notify NYC, you can receive information about emergency alerts and important City services.

You can sign up for the following messages:

  • Emergency alerts
  • Planned events
  • Local mass transit disruptions
  • Regional mass transit disruptions
  • Major traffic disruptions
  • Public health notifications
  • Public school notifications
  • Waterbody advisories
  • Emergency parking suspensions
  • Beach notifications
  • Ferry disruptions

Notify NYC is available citywide covering all five boroughs. You can add up to five different city addresses to your account. You also can register multiple email addresses, text message accounts, and phone numbers to receive Notify NYC messages. 

Notify NYC messages are available through many formats, including email, text messages, telephone, a mobile application, the Notify NYC website, RSS, Twitter, and American Sign Language videos.

Notify NYC currently offers most messages in 14 languages, including English and American Sign Language.

If you are registered to receive Notify NYC messages, you may see a caller ID with “212 NEW-YORK” or the number (212) 639-9675 on your phone.

Missing Seniors

The City of New York provides a Senior Alert system to help locate missing seniors at risk. These notifications are sent through the City's Notify NYC system to subscribers in the borough of the missing person. The public will be asked to call in any tips to a special number.


Telecommunications carriers may charge regular voice and data fees for any Notify NYC message received.

Check with your carrier for rates.

Since each Notify NYC account is password protected, only subscribers can register themselves and change their accounts and passwords. Subscribers can also remove their accounts from the database if they wish to no longer receive the notifications.

You can log into your Notify NYC account to suspend and opt out of the service. These options are located in the "My Account" tab in the top navigation bar of the Notify NYC website. Because each account is password protected, only subscribers can remove themselves from the program.

Register for Notify NYC.

You can register for phone calls from Notify NYC to go to your:

  • Home phone
  • Office phone
  • Cell phone

You can also register more than one phone number to receive Notify NYC messages.

Notify NYC is a voluntary program. If you provide your phone number, it will remain confidential and will only be used for sending Notify NYC messages.

If you signed up for Notify NYC messages by phone and want to stop getting notifications, you need to provide the phone number used when you created the account.

311 can also update your account and change your:

  • Notification types
  • Telephone numbers
  • Emails
  • Addresses
  • Preferred language

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

Delivery of Notify NYC services is heavily dependent on external networks and providers not controlled by the City. The City is actively performing outreach with service providers to make sure accurate messages get to you.

However, below are some examples of service limitations:


  • Your ability to receive emails may be disrupted if the networks are damaged or are operating at maximum capacity.

Text Messages

  • Wireless data networks can experience outages and high traffic volume.
  • Most wireless carriers do not guarantee the delivery or timely delivery of text messages. You should contact your wireless service provider to see how these policies might affect your ability to receive text messages from Notify NYC.


  • This method sends pre-recorded messages to your phone, but it may be disrupted if your wired or wireless carrier is experiencing network congestion, outages, or you have poor reception.


  • The City’s website is designed to handle high volumes of users with little or no effect on performance. However, you may not be able to access certain websites if your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is experiencing outages.


  • The RSS is a passive means to get information to registrants. While all notifications are posted, this service may lag behind email and text messages.


  • Tweets may be delayed based on Twitter’s user volume.

You can contact NYC Emergency Management online with questions or suggestions about Notify NYC.

Contact NYC Emergency Management about Notify NYC.

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