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,
I’m very excited to share with you all about my recent visit to New Orleans. I was invited to present at the National Hurricane Conference to speak about what I do and how important it is to make sure kids like you are prepared for emergencies. The session was titled “Public Education: Preparing the Public for Disasters: Examples of Current Public Outreach Programs to Increase Preparedness.” I met people from all across the United States who have an interest in emergency preparedness. There were former meteorologists, emergency managers, professors, members of the armed forces, logisticians, public information officers and many more. It was so cool. I even won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Awareness!
Part of my presentation at the National Hurricane Conference included a visit to a local school in New Orleans. I visited friends at the ReNew Schaumberg School, located in the Lower Ninth Ward. The school was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina and recently faced damaged from the tornadoes that swept through the city in February. The students are temporarily relocated to a school nearby. The temporary school is located right across from a levee, which is a natural wall that helps keep water out of low-lying areas.
When I presented to the students, we shared our stories about emergency preparedness. I shared my experience during Hurricane Sandy, and what I teach kids like you about what to do in an emergency. We talked about making meeting places, and how in New York, we have apartment buildings that house many families. We also talked about different weather related emergencies that happen in New York, such as blizzards and snowstorms, and different types of weather that happens in New Orleans, such as thunderstorms. The students then shared their stories and experiences about emergencies, including the recent tornado. We shared tips on how to pack a Go Bag, and sang the Go Bag song!
It was one of my favorite school presentations, because I was able to learn from the students in New Orleans on how they get prepared. We had a great day, and I’m happy I was able to come by share my story of preparedness. Below are some of my favorite pictures from the visit.
Thank you for having me, ReNew Schaumburg!
Peace and friendship,
Spring is here! Yesterday was the first day of spring. Spring brings a lot of fun and surprises for us all. Aside from the flowers growing and the weather getting warmer, it is time for spring cleaning!
Did you know you can actually work on getting prepared while you clean out your closet or pantry? Here are some tips on how to make the most of your spring cleaning:
- Use an old backpack or duffle bag as your Go Bag
- Pack an old change of clothes and boots in your Go Bag
- While sorting through paperwork, be sure that you have the most updated photo ID and copies of important documents in your Go Bag
- Turn some of your toiletries into travel sizes and pack them in your Go Bag
- When cleaning your pantry, be sure to check the expiration date on any non-perishable foods and replace them if necessary
- Pack a favorite book in your Go Bag
- Update any medical information on your reference card
- Check the batteries for your smoke detectors
Today, the students from the Rose Hill Pre-K Center in the Bronx and I hula hooped our way to being prepared. Thanks for having me, Rose Hill!
Peace and happy cleaning,
It has been a busy few weeks visiting schools and meeting everyone all across the city. I’ve had a lot of fun teaching students from Pre-K through the 5th grade how to be safe in case of an emergency.
Here are a few pictures visiting some schools in Queens and Brooklyn. Thank you for having me, P.S. 1 & P.S. 22!
As you may know, yesterday we experienced a winter storm. Although the storm was not as much snow as we expected, it is still important that we are prepared in case of the unexpected. Here are a few items to be sure you have in your emergency supply kits:
- Flashlights and batteries • Non-perishable foods ( such as pasta, peanut butter and tuna) • Water ( 1 gallon per person in my family per day) • First Aid Kit • Extra medication • Pet food and supplies for my dog Since it is the winter, I also make sure I have: • Extra blankets • Board games • Hot chocolate and marshmallows
Take care and be safe!
Peace and snow angels,