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,
Today I had the pleasure to meet the Pre-K students at the Coney Island Shorefront Y! We had a lot of fun talking about different weather hazards, dancing, and learning how we can be safe and prepared!
Each student was tasked with teaching 1 person in their household Ready Girl’s preparedness tips, which include gathering important information in case of an emergency and making their own emergency Go Bag.
Community centers, such as the Shorefront Y, are great places to learn new hobbies, get important information and meet new friends! Find a community center near you to be informed of upcoming events in your neighborhood!
Thanks for having me, Shorefront Y!
Peace and Preparedness,
As the year comes to a close, I would like to take a moment and thank the real heroes of New York City. From the members of the NYC Fire and Police departments who keep us safe, to the NYC Emergency Management employees who help manage and coordinate emergencies, and the Department of Sanitation workers who plow our roads, we are all thankful and grateful for the work you all do for our city!
I would also like to thank all of the wonderful teachers and educators throughout the city who requested me to fly in for a presentation. I had such a blast visiting each and every school and community organization this year!
Here are some of the highlights:
I wish you all a happy holiday season and a Happy New Year!
Peace and Party favors,
As the holiday season approaches, it is important for us to remember what also comes this time of year, winter weather!
Preparing for winter weather is one of my favorite things to do. Before the holidays, I check my Emergency Supply Kit to make sure I have the right supplies if I have to stay home for a few days during a winter storm. Some items I always make sure I have are:
• 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 marshmellows
I suggest each of you take a few moments before the holidays and check your Emergency Supply Kits to make sure they have what you may need for a winter emergency. While you prepare for the winter, be sure to check out my Winter Word Search found here.
Peace and Snowflakes,
As we all know, winter is near, which also means that winter recess is coming soon! One of my favorite things to do during winter recess is visit all of the wonderful museums in New York City! Did you know that there are close to 100 museums throughout the five boroughs?
A few weeks ago, I visited one of my favorite museums, the Staten Island Children’s Museum. We had a fun day of preparedness, where we learned fire safety from the FDNY, sustainability information from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery and got our blood pressure taken from the Medical Reserve Corps.
We also learned about the great work done by the community members of Staten Island, such as the Staten Island Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (SIVOAD) and the Deputy Borough President!
I had a great time meeting you all, and thanks again to the Staten Island Children’s Museum!
Click here to find a museum near you!
Peace and Picasso,