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Notify NYC | The City's Official Emergency Notification System {& a Giveaway}

Notify NYC

With today's high of 80 degrees serving as prime example, New York City's weather can be unpredictable.

As part of National Preparedness Month, the City is encouraging residents to sign up for Notify NYC, the official emergency notification system.

It's been a year since Hurricane Irene hit New York City and reminded us all that emergencies can happen at any time. One of the most pressing needs of New Yorkers before and during the hurricane was access to timely, accurate information about essential City services, transportation disruptions and other important details.

Subscribers of Notify NYC receive text messages, e-mails, phone calls or Tweets about significant citywide events, as well as smaller events happening in their own neighborhoods. These notifications cover topics such as severe weather, school closures, subway disruptions, and traffic advisories in all areas of the city.

Notify NYC is a great resource to keep New York City residents, families, and commuters informed, and it’s completely free! Anyone can sign up and customize their alerts by visiting or following @NotifyNYC on Twitter. It took me about 2 minutes.

WIN IT! As an added incentive to register, I have a $50 gift card to Lowe's Home Improvement (no affiliation) to give to one subscriber of Notify NYC.

TO ENTER: Register for Notify NYC and leave a comment below that you did.

One entry per person. I'll randomly choose a winner via in a week. Tri-state area residents only please.

UPDATE: The winner is Patty. Congrats!

{I was not compensated in any way for this post.}