August 24, 2013
Contact: Simone Solz Leo, 201-912-2701
Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, Announces Participation in September’s National Preparedness Month
This September: You Can Be the Hero!
Hempstead, NY – This September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). The Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, has committed to participate in National Preparedness to increase preparedness throughout the U.S. The event, now in its ninth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.
The Long Island Volunteer Center is participating this year by sponsoring with the Long Island Blood Services, a 3rd annual blood drive at the Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum & Education Center in Garden City, NY. The blood drive is also being promoted as a September 11 National Day of Service.
One of NPM’s key messages is: be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with four important steps:
1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency
2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency
3. Build an emergency supply kit
4. Get involved.
Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan. Preparedness information and events will be posted to: http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM
For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit: http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM or call 1-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585.
About the Blood Drive
Monday, September 9, 2013 from 2:00 to 8:00pm at Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center which is located along Museum Row on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City, NY.
The two past blood drives resulted in the collection of 107 pints of blood. According to Long Island Blood Services, one pint of blood can save up to three lives. Patients depend on the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma, which can only come from volunteer blood donors. People of all blood types are encouraged to donate.
“Now in its third year, LIVC’s life-saving blood drive continues to grow bigger each year thanks to the generosity of our fellow Long Islanders,” said Simone Solz Leo, Blood Drive Chair at the Long Island Volunteer Center. “There is a constant need for blood donations in our region. Becoming a volunteer donor is a significant way to mark the September 11 anniversary as well as participate in National Preparedness Month.”
To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and be in general good health with no tattoos for the past 12 months. Sixteen year olds may donate blood with parental consent. Over the age of 76 requires a doctor’s note.
To donate blood:
For additional information, please contact: BloodDrive@longislandvolunteercenter.org
Or call 516-478-5018
For medical eligibility, please contact: Long Island Blood Services 1-800-688-0900
About the Long Island Volunteer Center:
The LIVC 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, contact the Long Island Volunteer Center at (516) 564-5482 or visit www.longislandvolunteercenter.org.