Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness Town Hall September 29 Hosted By NYC Council Member Ben Kallos - Free Go Bags And Info On Joining RI Community Emergency Response Team Too

NYC Council Member Ben Kallos is hosting a Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness Town Hall with the NYC Office Of Emergency Management 6 PM Thursday, September 29 at the Good Shepherd Chapel (543 Main Street).

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) tweets:

Roosevelt Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member Frank Farance adds:
I ran into Council Member Ben Kallos, who wanted to make sure the community is aware of the annual Town Hall meeting on Thursday September 29 at 6:30 PM in Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street). At the event, he will be giving away Go Bags to the first 250 people who sign up (see link above). Roosevelt Island CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members will be there, too.

As a certified presenter for the City's Ready New York program (both adults' and kids' versions), I can't emphasize enough that one should plan for emergencies. Sure, many events will involve Sheltering In Place (i.e., staying at home), but they still require planning. Also, hurricanes aren't the only things we prepare for ... there's power black-outs, snow storms, heat waves, and other things.

Three things that are especially important for families:

(1) have a pre-arranged primary meeting place (probably near your home/building), and have a pre-arranged secondary meeting place (possibly not on Roosevelt Island, but nearby), and make sure you have friends/relatives outside New York City you can connect and check in with;

(2) have copies of important papers (prescriptions, doctor contact info, ID cards, important account numbers, insurance info, etc. - including pets, too) and a small amount of cash (in case ATMs don't work) all in a plastic waterproof bag, which is in your Go Bag;

(3) recognize that emergencies might arise when everyone is away from home during the day (work, school, activities, etc.), so have plans on how to coordinate and corral the family, including your pets (which are accepted at shelters).

Looking forward to seeing you at the Town Hall meeting.
Here's video showing portions of December 2013 Roosevelt Island CERT Team emergency

disaster training.

More on Roosevelt Island CERT at these previous posts.

UPDATE 9/29: