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,
I hope you all had a great Halloween! Last week, my friends and I had a great time visiting several Halloween parties across the city. We attended the Puppetry Art’s Haunted Halloween Carnival, Catholic Charities Halloween Bash and Gracie Mansion’s Spooky Halloween Haunted House. Thank you for inviting us to share our Halloween safety tips with everyone!
It was great to get to meet so many of you, and check out the awesome costumes!
For some of us, we may have gotten lot of candy that we might not be able to finish. Did you know that you can donate your extra candy? One organization you can donate to is Operation Gratitude. This organization sends extra Halloween candy to our troops overseas. All you do is visit the website, find the nearest dentist near you on the list, and donate your extra candy there. They’ll send it over for you!
Peace and peppermints,