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Red Cross promotes preparedness

Although the summer months are behind us, it is still peak hurricane season so New Yorkers need to be prepared.
As part of the Community Partnership Day sponsored by the Forest Hills Civic Association and City Councilmember Melinda Katz, Forest Hills residents received vital information about what to do if a hurricane, fire or other natural disaster strikes the area.
During the partnership day, which took place on Sunday, September 10, at P.S. 174, representatives from the American Red Cross in Greater New York-Queens provided residents with information packets about upcoming Ready New York presentations that provide in-depth explanations about the proper way to prepare for potential emergencies.
&#8220This was a family day type of event,” said Joan Foley, Director of the Queens Area Office of the American Red Cross of Greater New York. &#8220It is very important for parents and families to have the materials and be prepared.”
A recent survey published by the Red Cross showed that New York City residents were not prepared for emergencies, but Foley said a recent Queens event demonstrated this firsthand.
&#8220As the blackout demonstrated, many people didn't have the supplies on hand to manage without power for many days,” she said.
Foley said that the American Red Cross has been increasing their efforts in order to inform Queens residents about the importance of preparedness by holding many different events throughout the entire borough.
Ready New York programs are free, two-hour events, where attendees have access to information booths staffed by emergency experts from the New York City Fire Department, Police Department and Office of Emergency Management.
In addition, participants receive an interactive CD they can use to create a customized evacuation plan and other tools that will help any family learn how to become prepared.
Foley praised the New York City Council for its partnership with the Red Cross in order to bring the message to their local communities.

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