Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:44 pm Post subject: What About Next Time? Help Us Develop a Proactive Plan
From Jan 24, 2013 to Mar 15, 2013 (included)
|As we are all working together to address the immediate and longer term needs of the Sandy victims it is imperative that we also be proactive and start planning what needs to be done so that we are better prepared for when this happens again.
Since Sandy hit Where to Turn has been working on just that.
We need to make sure that all of the work being done now is captured.
We need a central depository for local as well as national groups that helped out during the recovery effort.
We need the major utilities to lay out their recovery plans and to document what and what they will not provide their customers in the event of another storm.
We need the same from our city and state agencies.
As you know it was Where to Turn that recommended that a central warehouse be set up to accept donations.
We need to make sure the warehouse remains open even when the recovery effort ends so that it can help out local emergencies during the year and be there if we need it after the next major storm.
We are also working on a plan to make available transistor radios to anyone in flood areas.
We are planning to work with one of the college radio stations to set up a Staten Island Emergency Network to broadcast news and instructions to Staten Islanders in the event of another storm induced power outage.
We would also like to provide generators and walk in refrigerator/freezers to any church, synagogue, temple or organization that has the capability and had supplied a relief effort during the storm.
They can use these items throughout the year to help with their pantries etc and they will be ready if and when the next storm hits to better aid the victims.
Finally we need to better prepare the people of Staten Island. To that end we propose the following
To work with elected officials, local neighborhood leadership groups and community groups to develop an island-wide disaster preparedness plan and to implement on going training and coordination efforts in order to keep an active, effective disaster preparedness team for the borough of Staten Island.
Goals and Objectives:
1) Develop an island wide network of neighborhood based trained community leaders with their own active community organization with specific expertise in disaster response: community mapping, notification, evacuation, and emergency shelter, provision of supplies (including food), coordinated disaster relief and long term disaster recovery.
2) Develop an extensive and ongoing training program with currently existing community leader groups ---representatives of neighborhoods---to ensure that block to block disaster preparedness is in place, repeated rehearsed and ready to be deployed.
3) Create neighborhood based community emergency response teams (CERT) in collaboration with the Dept of Homeland Security
4) Work with the established Staten Island Interfaith Disaster Network to harness the volunteer assistance of local houses of worship to ensure a body of highly trained volunteer leaders to develop and implement relief, recovery and long term recovery activities.
5) Work with elected officials to develop a governmental inter-agency disaster team committed to work with the local volunteer network.
6) Develop a resource team of food banks, shelters, housing providers, medical and mental health providers to support the disaster relief and recovery efforts.
We have been contacted by both the NYS Senate and the Governorís Office to support their efforts on a state wide level.
We would like to develop a workable model here on Staten Island.
Let us know if you want to be a part of this.