2013-11-22 / Community

Race To Connect Registers Residents


More than 80 volunteers fanned out over the peninsula in a great race to register Rockaway residents for Notify NYC emergency alerts . More than 80 volunteers fanned out over the peninsula in a great race to register Rockaway residents for Notify NYC emergency alerts . New York City has the most advanced emergency alert system in the country, but only a fraction of New Yorkers are registered to receive its notifications.

Last weekend, the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) teamed up with the NYC Office of Emergency Management to wind up their emergency preparedness campaign with a race to register Rockaway residents for NotifyNYC emergency alerts.

With a variety of prizes on the line, more than 80 volunteers from the Rockaway community, Rockaway Youth Task Force, FEMA Corps, PS 183, Scholars’ Academy and Frederick Douglass Academy VI took to the streets for the First Wave: Race To Connect event.

Teams of volunteers dispersed to strategic locations along Mott Avenue, Beach 116th Street, Arverne By The Sea, and other spots in a timed effort to register as many people as possible to Notify NYC.

After just a few hours, RWA had registered more than 500 Rockaway residents to the system.

RWA Program Manager, Blaze Jones-Yellin, commented “NotifyNYC is valuable because it can get a variety of alerts directly to an affected population faster than TV or radio, and timely notifications could make all the difference in an emergency situation.”

NotifyNYC is a free and anonymous emergency alert system offered by the NYC Office of Emergency Management. All you need is an email address to register, and you can customize your profile so you receive only desired notifications. Users can tailor the notifications to a specific location, and choose to receive notifications regarding emergencies, parking, public health, schools, and more. To learn more and to sign up, visit www.nyc.gov/notifynyc.

The First Wave Race to Connect Event was sponsored by The Wave, Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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