Hosts Multi-Agency Disaster Meeting
In order to address the question of terrorism as it relates to the Rockaway peninsula and Broad Channel, the Light house held a meeting on March 4, at St Johns Episcopal South Shore Hospital.
The meeting brought together city, state, and federal agencies, including voluntary organizations involved in disaster response for and around the peninsula. This meeting was to establish resources available in case of emer gency on the Peninsula, from the threat of terrorist attacks to mass causality incidents, flood and hurricane on a peninsula wide basis.
Agencies in attendance were: FDNY and NYPD; State office of Emergency Management (SEMO); Office of Emer gency Management (OEM); The Sal vation Army; The American Red Cross; The New York City Department for the Aging; Pen insula Hospital Center; St. Johns Episcopal Hospital; Broad Chan nel volunteers; Roxbury; Rock away Point; Breezy Point Vol unteer Fire and Ambulance services; Queens Borough President Marshall’s office; Congressman Meeks, Councilman Joe Addabbo, and District 4 NYC Region NYS Volunteer Ambulance and Res cue, Association; Community Board 14, and Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula.
Able Bermudez of Peninsula Hos pital said, "I know that the coming to gether of the resources in the community will lead to a more integrated re sponse for the community",
Office of Emergency Management spokesperson Joe Marcellino told those at the meeting, "This is the kind of community response we are looking for, where people prepare to care for themselves first."
Pastor Ventura, who chaired the meeting, said, "This is the first of three such meetings of this nature and we intend to hold meetings with every civic, block association, and all health related facilities on the peninsula."