2013-08-16 / Community

Waterfront Alliance Students Answer Call To Action


Planning For The Worst: the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance’s Shore Corps and Aqua 101 students learn how to organize to distribute supplies, assist residents and serve as first responders in their own communities in a future storm emergency. Planning For The Worst: the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance’s Shore Corps and Aqua 101 students learn how to organize to distribute supplies, assist residents and serve as first responders in their own communities in a future storm emergency. In recent weeks, the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance’s Shore Corps and Aqua 101 students participated in an important planning workshop about the future of Far Rockaway.

The workshops were designed to engage the young Rockaway residents with issues relating to local emergency preparedness and response. RWA is in the process of organizing and preparing local teenagers to be first responders in their communities.

The “Call to Action” planning workshop prompted students to think about the basic necessities of a home emergency kit, brainstorm basic systems of communication, senior citizen assistance, and planning the implementation process in the context of their own residential communities. The ultimate goal is to have organized teams of young people who are prepared to systematically distribute supplies and assist residents in their own communities in the event of a future storm emergency using their knowledge of 21st century technology such as digital technology and solar power as an advantage. “Young adults have the strength, numbers, and the tech savvy to form great first responder teams if organized and given proper training.” said RWA Program Manager Blaze Jones-Yellin. By organizing these teams, RWA hopes to increase the organizational preparedness of communities and decrease the residential casualties of any future storm emergencies. RWA organizers offered their thanks to the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation for sponsoring the “Call to Action” initiative.

The “Call to Action” initiative will be an ongoing program this fall, as RWA plans to reach out to Rockaway seniors and other members of the Rockaway community to continue the emergency planning process. RWA is also extending an invitation to any area schools, community groups, and seniors who are interested in partnering with this effort.

If interested, please contact Blaze Jones-Yellin at: info@rwalliance.org or 718-327-5919.


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