Hempstead, NY In order to increase emergency preparedness in communities all over the country, the Community Emergency Preparedness Corps (CEPC), an AmeriCorps program implemented by Points of Light, was developed to create disaster resilient communities by increasing preparedness of individuals and families through volunteer engagement. Those involved in the CEPC program work to:
- Improve preparedness of individuals and families through local collaborative volunteer projects, service events, and trainings resulting in personal preparedness plans;
- Expand local preparedness networks and community capacity to respond to disasters by strengthening partnership networks while building a corps of trained volunteer leaders with specific focus on managing unaffiliated volunteers in emergency situations; and
- Support long term recovery and sustainability by increasing organizational capacity to help individuals and families prepare and, in the case of disaster, more easily respond and recover from current events.
During 2014 Amanda Glazer (of Westbury) worked as a Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and increased the capacity of Long Islanders to respond to disasters, especially taking into consideration the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Some of
her work included partnering with local animal shelters and advocacy groups to teach Long Islanders how to better protect the four legged members of their families; planning service projects in conjunction with local colleges, community groups, other nonprofits; an emergency kit building event at Eisenhower Park to support the AllState Foundation and Points of Light with their Good & Ready Campaign; organizing trainings focused on enabling individuals with physical and developmental disabilities to be prepared in case of an emergency; designing and distributing preparedness materials across Long Island; and regularly updating the LIVC’s social media platforms with timely and pertinent disaster preparedness information.
From October 2014 until August 2015 Elisabeth Muehlemann (of Centerport) will be acting as the Corps member. Thus far her work has included developing and administering preparedness presentations for businesses, block captain training, and activities including
Disaster BINGO and an emergency preparedness scavenger hunt. Her work has also included making connections with community organizations and town governments across Long Island to find ways to support their work as they continue to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy and increase emergency preparedness in all capacities as well as regularly updating the Long Island Volunteer Center’s social media platforms with timely and pertinent disaster preparedness information.
In the year 2014 the AmeriCorps Community Emergency Preparedness Corps members trained 116 volunteer leaders, engaged 350 volunteers, and reached 7,177 people across Long Island with emergency preparedness training and information. Thanks to the support of the Long Island Volunteer Center and the hard work of the AmeriCorps CEPC members, more communities across Long Island know what to do if they are ever faced with an emergency or disaster.
For more information about emergency preparedness information and training contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both of the CEPC members work have been supported by the Long Island Volunteer Center which is an all-volunteer agency founded in 1992 that works to support, promote and advocate for volunteer service on Long Island. They have been a designated a New York State Regional Volunteer Center since September 2011, and an active contributor to disaster recovery efforts across Long Island since Superstorm Sandy struck the east coast of the U.S. in October 2012. They are also committed to maintaining a directory of local volunteer opportunities and community resources, organizing events and service projects in conjunction with national days of service, hosting our annual Prom Boutique Gown Giveaway, and holding donation drives to benefit fellow nonprofit organizations. According to Long Island Volunteer Center Executive Director, Diana O’Neill, “We are so fortunate to have been selected as a host site for this inaugural AmeriCorps program particularly given our recent experiences from the impact of extreme weather conditions. Being prepared is about being empowered. The professional efforts of both Ms. Glazer and Ms. Muehlemann have made a real difference in the lives of Long Islanders, helping build resilient communities in the process.”
For more information please visit http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org