Are You Good & Ready?
Build a Disaster Kit to Prepare Your Family
on August 17, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m.
at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre
Then attend a free concert sponsored by Nassau County
featuring Huey Lewis and The News at 7 p.m.
The Allstate Foundation, Points of Light Foundation, and the Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, invite Long Island residents to prepare for catastrophe at a kit building event on August 17, 2013, at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre from 5 to 7 p.m. Following this community service event will be a free concert sponsored by Nassau County featuring Huey Lewis and The News at 7 p.m.
Why is this kit building event important in preparation for a disaster?
Certainly hurricanes, tornadoes and wild fires are disasters, but disasters also include events like extended power blackouts, house fires or floods. Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, with little or no warning, but it is possible to be prepared for them. Research from the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that 85 percent of Americans are not prepared for potential disasters, which inspired The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light to bring Good & Ready, an online and on-the-ground emergency preparedness program, to Long Island to help families and the community prepare for disasters.
At the community service event on August 17 at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, residents will assemble 400 disaster preparedness kits to take home for their families. While supplies last, the kits will include a hand-crank flashlight, water bottle, dust mask, garbage bags and hand sanitizing wipes, among other items.
“This Good & Ready event is about helping people be more prepared for life’s uncertainties,” according to Diana O’Neill, Executive Director, Long Island Volunteer Center. “Everyone on Long Island can take simple steps to get prepared for a disaster, including taking a few minutes to build a kit that could be invaluable in the case of an emergency.”
Additional area residents who come to the event also will receive disaster preparedness bags with helpful information on how to build their own disaster kits at home.
Good & Ready is supported by The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light Foundation, working in partnership with Ready.gov, the American Red Cross and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. The Allstate Foundation’s involvement in the program is part of its new SaferLivesSM program, which provides important safety information to help people be aware of the risks in their lives and protect themselves and their loved ones.
To mark the launch of Good & Ready, The Allstate Foundation offers the following three steps to help your family prepare for a disaster:
Step 1: Build a disaster preparedness kit
If disaster strikes, you’ll want to have supplies to help you and your family (including your pets) survive for at least three days. Your disaster preparedness kit should contain these basic supplies:
· Water (one gallon per person, per day)
· Ready-to-eat, nonperishable food (for family members and pets)
· Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
· First-aid kit
· Whistle (to signal for help)
· Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape
· Moist towelettes and plastic garbage bags with ties (for sanitation)
· Wrench or pliers
· Local maps (to locate emergency services and shelters)
· Extra batteries
For a complete list, visit http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.
Step 2: Create a household emergency plan
A household emergency plan should include the following information:
· Emergency contact names and numbers – mobile and landline (As an extra precaution, everyone in your family should program “In Case of Emergency,” or ICE, contacts in their mobile phones so emergency personnel can contact them if needed)
· Family meeting place in your neighborhood and an alternative meeting place in the region
· Personal details for each family member (date of birth, important medical information, recent photos)
· Addresses and phone numbers of the places family members frequent on a regular basis (work, school)
· Contact information for medical providers (doctors, pharmacist, veterinarian)
· Important medical and insurance information, including photocopies of your medical insurance card(s)
For a fill-in-the-blank household emergency plan and cards to download, print and keep close at hand, visit www.Ready.gov/make-a-plan.
Step 3: Help your community get ready for a disaster
The strength of a community comes from each person who lives in it. By raising your hand to help your community prepare for a potential disaster, you can help people respond to and recover from an emergency situation.
Visit www.GoodandReady.org, go to the “Resources” page, and then click “Get Trained” to find a disaster volunteer team near you.
About Good & Ready
Good & Ready is a national collaborative, online and on-the-ground emergency preparedness engagement initiative led by Points of Light, working in partnership with Ready.gov, the American Red Cross and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. The Good & Ready partner organizations share one goal: to help 1.5 million Americans be more prepared for disasters by 2015. By empowering individuals, families and communities to volunteer and become better prepared, Good & Ready aims to create a more disaster-resilient nation. For more information, tools, tips and preparedness event resources, visit www.GoodandReady.org.
About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.
About Points of Light Foundation
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through HandsOn Network affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of volunteers where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.
About Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network
The Long Island Volunteer Center is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and its services are provided free of charge. The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island. For more information, call 516-564-5482, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or access www.longislandvolunteercenter.org.
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