2006-09-01 / Community

Emergency Vehicle To Tour Rockaway Today

An American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY) Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) - the same kind of vehicle that delivered meals, water and other services to residents affected by the power outage in Queens - will be stationed in various locations in Rockaway on Friday, September 1.

September is National Preparedness Month. This week is the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. As meteorologists monitor the east coast path of Tropical Storm Ernesto, ARC/GNY already has deployed personnel to Florida and Alabama. Locally, ARC/GNY volunteers will provide Rockaway residents with hurricane and general safety preparedness information to help them prepare for an emergency.

Rockaway is a high-risk area for wind and flood damage caused by coastal storms and hurricanes. The community consists of many residents who are senior citizens and those who would require assistance if evacuation was required. ARC/ GNY volunteers will be advising residents to 1) have "go bags" available if they need to leave their homes, 2) have an emergency preparedness plan in place and practice it, and 3) remain informed by listening to news reports about weather conditions.

The emergency vehicle will be at the following locations on Friday:

Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard from 10 a.m. to Noon.

Mott Avenue, between Beach 21 Street and Central Avenue from 1 - 3 p.m. (Located in front of the Far Rockaway Shopping Center and one block west of the Mott Avenue Subway Station for the A Train.

The American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY) is a humanitarian partner and a key participant in New York's plans and programs to help the nine million people in New York City and Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Sullivan Counties prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

The largest Red Cross Chapter in the U.S., ARC/GNY provides immediate aid to more than 100,000 people affected by more than 3,000 emergencies a year, including fires, floods, building collapses and blackouts.

The chapter continually works with partner agencies to plan and prepare for major natural and man-made disasters. It helps New York residents and businesses prepare for emergencies by offering hundreds of courses in first aid, CPR and aquatics and free emergency preparedness training programs and resources.

is not a governmental organization and relies on individual and corporate gifts, special events and grants from foundations and local, state and federal government to fund its essential programs and services.

For more information, call 1-877 RED CROSS (1-877-733-2767), or visit www.nyredcross.org .

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