By Forum Staff
Three borough elected officials will be partnering with the American Red Cross later this month to bring a virtual emergency preparedness webinar to their constituents.
On Tuesday, July 21, State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach), and City Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) will join the CEO of American Red Cross in Greater New York, Susan Rounds on a WebEx virtual meeting—which is open for community participation—titled “Prepare, Respond, Recover: What to do When Disaster Strikes.”
“I am happy to be able to bring this virtual information session to our constituents, which will give them knowledge they can use before, during and after a disaster situation,” Addabbo said. “We tend to think that a disaster could never happen to us, but just think back to 2012 when Superstorm Sandy devastated a large portion of my district and changed the lives for many of my constituents forever. It’s a pleasure to join my colleagues in government and I thank the American Red Cross for the opportunity to cosponsor this seminar of life-saving tips.”
According to Addabbo, representatives from the American Red Cross will provide citizens with important information on how to prepare for a disaster, steps to take if disaster strikes, and how to get back on your feet when things settle down.
“Disaster preparedness has become an essential part of our lives,” Pheffer Amato said. “Hurricane season is here and I’m looking forward to having a vibrant and informative discussion with my colleagues in government and hearing best practices from the American Red Cross that we can relay to our constituents.”
At the end of the seminar, there will be a Q&A session during which the electeds and community can ask questions of the Red Cross.
“You can never be too prepared for when a disaster strikes, whether it be a fire in your own home or a hurricane that impacts the entire city,” Holden said. “I am pleased to partner with the Red Cross in its mission to help New Yorkers safely respond to any emergency, and I look forward to joining my colleagues in local government to share this vital information with our constituents.”
Susan Rounds, interim CEO, American Red Cross Greater NY Region, added, “Helping New Yorkers prepare, respond and recovery from emergencies is an integral part of the Red Cross mission locally and around the world. We are so grateful for the partnership and support of Sen. Addabbo, Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato, and Councilmember Holden who will help bring together their constituents for this important training. Hurricane season began on June 1, and it is important that we all take the time to refresh our preparedness skills and prepare our emergency go-bags for what is forecasted to be a very active season.”
To register for the event, constituents can visit:
And use the Event number: 157 335 9147 and the Event password: BePrepared721.
Photo Courtesy of Sen. Addabbo’s Office