FLUSHING – Inspired by the destructive tornado that swept through Queens in September, Assemblymember Rory Lancman and the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) held a school assembly at P.S. 107 in Flushing to educate students about what kinds of safety actions they should take if they found themselves in an emergency situation. The Ready Schools program – developed by the OEM – trains students to focus on three key messages to stay safe in an emergency. The three themes are, "Get Ready" by having a plan with phone numbers and contacts they can call in an emergency, "Get Set" by preparing an emergency kit with extra food and water in case of being stranded at home, "Get Ready to Go" by packing a ‘go bag’ with emergency supplies such as copies of passports, prescriptions, food and water.
"Emergencies strike fast, and the time to start planning for them is before they occur. I urge all parents to sit down with their children and coordinate a disaster plan so everyone knows exactly what to do if an emergency strikes," said Assemblyman Lancman.