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,
As you know, practicing my emergency plan is one of my favorite things to do. Just as we need to update our Go Bags and make sure we have enough supplies in our emergency supply kit, we also need to practice getting to our meeting places in case of an emergency.
It is good to practice meeting up with your family at your meeting places in case of a fire or an evacuation where you have to leave your home. It’s also important to practice getting to your meeting places by using a different route. Sometimes, the way we get around the city may change because of road conditions, weather or train maintenance. That is why it is important for us to know how we could get to our meeting places or to our homes in case we cannot use our normal route.
Next time you practice your plan with your family, try using a different route to get there. It may be a safer way to go in case of an emergency!
Peace and Public Safety,
– Ready Girl
Yesterday I had a blast celebrating P.S. 207, the Ready School of the Year for 2017!
When I visited P.S. 207 back in February, I was impressed with how prepared the students and staff were for emergencies. In November, the school experienced a kitchen flood that caused the entire building to evacuate. The school had an emergency plan which included a meeting place and Go Bags. The students and staff evacuated and relocated back to the school safely after following their plan.
We had a fun day celebrating preparedness with family and friends! The students created posters, sang songs, and even made a video on emergency preparedness. The school also has a “Ready Kids” program. One student from each class is a “Ready Kid” who is a safety ambassador for their classmates.
At the end of the day, every student got a tour of our Mobile Data Center, a response vehicle that City uses during emergencies.
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication, P.S. 207!
Peace and partnerships,
Today is the official start of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season!
To kick things off, yesterday my friend Omar and I visited the fifth grade students at the Goldie Maple Academy in Far Rockaway.
We talked about how to be safe in a hurricane, where to go if we have to evacuate, and what items we should have at home in case of an emergency.
The students and I had fun trying on ponchos and an emergency mylar blanket!
After, we watched these videos which the P.A.L. Summer Youth program held at the Goldie Maple Academy created a few years ago:
Ready, Set, Prepare
Peace & preparedness,