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Peace and preparedness,
A few weeks ago, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the UnidosUs Conference with my friends from FEMA. I even got a chance to meet Dora the Explorer!
We had a lot of fun sharing our information on emergency preparedness. We talked about ways we can be safe during emergencies by having a plan, getting supplies, and staying informed.
I gave out my comic books in English and Spanish, and had a lot of fun meeting everyone who came by our table.
To access my comic book in Spanish, click here! (And here’s the English version, too.)
To check out FEMA’s new activity book featuring my friend Pedro the Penguin, click here.
Peace and preparedness,
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Bring Your Kids to Work Day event at the Brooklyn Supreme Court! I had so much fun meeting everyone and sharing the items in my Go Bag. I loved the presentation by the Dynamic Dancers and meeting the ASL court interpreter!
Preparing for emergencies at home is important, but it is also important that our family and friends have emergency items where they work. I recommend everyone keep an extra change of clothes, spare copy of their keys, some extra medication and personal items at the workplace in case of an emergency.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Peace and pencils,
This week I had the pleasure of visiting PS 88 in Queens to talk about flu prevention tips with my friend from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Jane Zucker!
Dr. Zucker and I talked about the 3 most important flu prevention tips, which are:
- Be sure to get your flu shot.
- Be sure to cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer.
We also talked about the most common symptoms of the flu, which are:
- Sore throat
- Body aches
Dr. Zucker reminded the students that if you’re not feeling well at a school, be sure to tell a teacher and to visit the nurse. Dr. Zucker also reminded us that if you wake up not feeling well, be sure to tell a grownup and stay home from school if you have any of the symptoms listed above.
Be sure to stay safe from the flu this winter!
Peace and prevention,
I hope you are well and staying warm this winter. I like to use the time spent inside reading, playing games with my brother and finishing some puzzles that I have around the apartment.
I’ve also been spending time playing games on my tablet, and I wanted to share with you a new app that can help keep us safe and informed in NYC!
The Notify NYC app is a free app that will send alerts to Apple and Android devices. The Notify NYC app is a way for families to find out about emergencies in NYC. The app will also send important notifications about events that are happening in your neighborhood, such as fireworks or a movie filming.
I like using the Notify NYC app because it gives me the information that I need to know to stay safe in NYC and it’s super easy to use!
To download the app, click here. Please ask permission from your parent or guardian before downloading any mobile application.
Peace and apps,
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! Now that 2018 is (almost) here, I am thinking about my New Year’s resolution, which is to be more prepared!
As an emergency preparedness superhero, I get very busy, so I use a calendar to make sure I keep my emergency plan up to date! Parents and guardians: you can use NYC Emergency Management’s Resolve to Be Ready calendar for tips. Get it here: http://on.nyc.gov/calendar-toolkits.
I hope your 2018 is your most prepared year yet!
Peace and Preparedness,
This past Sunday I attended a Family Preparedness Day at the Bronx Zoo’s Dancing Crane Café. I had so much fun meeting everyone who came by!
We had a lot of fun coloring our own capes, spinning the preparedness wheel and making our superhero masks. We even got a group together to dance to the Prep Step with our friends from Save the Children!
While I was at the zoo, I was reminded how important it is for us to prepare our animals. If you have a pet at home, make sure they are a part of your emergency plan. I make sure that my dog’s Go Bag is ready in case of an emergency. Some of the items in his Go Bag are treats, water, a leash, and some toys!
Find out how you can prepare your pets here, and be sure to share with your friends and family.
Peace and Paw Prints,
This week, I attended “A Movie Night Under the Stars” in Prospect Park hosted by the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams. I had a blast meeting all of you, handing out comic books, and (of course) eating some popcorn!
New York City is home to many wonderful parks, and it is important to know how to stay safe. Below are some of my safety tips for the next time you head to your local park:
- Never to go a park without a grownup.
- Be sure to bring sunscreen and bug spray.
- Be sure to have a flashlight handy if you plan to stay in the park when it gets dark.
- Be sure to throw out any garbage and recycle if possible to help keep our parks clean.
- Have a meeting place with your friends and family in case you ever get separated. My meeting place in Prospect Park is the carousel.
What is your favorite park in NYC? Comment below!
Peace and Pine Trees,
On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending the New York City Football Club’s Soccer Party at PS 49 in the Bronx! We had a blast practicing our kicks, dribbles and even scored some goals!
I had a lot of fun watching the professionals from NYCFC and the other teams (including the Fire Department, Parks Department and the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs Unit) play against each other. It reminded me that during the summer, whether we are playing games with our friends, riding bikes in the park or at the beach, it’s important that we know how to prepare for the heat.
Here are some ways that you can be sure you’re safe in the heat, so you can keep on having fun this summer!
– Whenever you are in the sun, wear sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself.
– Be sure to drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty.
– Wear light-colored and loose clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible.
– Take breaks from playing and go to a cool place so you are not in the sun the entire day.
– Try not to do too much activity during the sun’s peak hours, which are from 11 AM- 4PM.
– Be sure to check on your neighbors and your friends during the heat.
Peace and Penalty Kicks,
This past Sunday, I marched alongside friends at the 2017 NYC Disability Pride Parade. Each year, dozens of organizations and City agencies march in the parade to promote inclusion of people with disabilities.
I had so much fun meeting everyone who marched. After the parade, NYC Emergency Management hosted a table in Madison Square Park where we gave attendees important information about emergency preparedness, including my comic book.
Thank you to everyone who attended and visited our table! I look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
Peace and Pride,