Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary Prepares For Emergencies
The Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary members received a preparedness presentation given by members of the Ready Rockaway team during their July meeting. Michael Valentino, chair of Ready Rockaway, gave an overview of exactly what Ready Rockaway does, why the organization was formed, what is its role in the community and spoke about the NYC Department of Health funded Healthcare Coalition of the many nursing homes and health care facilities in the community. Zandra Myers, executive director of Ready Rockaway, and Shakira Smalls, project manager, spoke about the importance of personal safety in the event of an emergency and provided informational instruction as to how to assemble a personal “Go-Bag” and what services are available through Ready Rockaway to assist residents in doing so. “It’s always worth presenting emergency information,” explains Valentino, also the director of security at Peninsula Hospital Center. “Being prepared, particularly with a ‘Go-Bag,’ is essential because if and when there is an emergency situation, your personal documents and essential items, etc. are in one place and are all set to go so you can focus on yourselves and your family.” Dr. Ed Williams, director of Emergency Preparedness and Ready Rockaway, also spoke to the group about being prepared. A very lively question and answer period followed the presentation and the PHC Auxiliary agreed to take part in the Emergency Preparedness Program scheduled for September of 2010.