Long Island, NY – May 29, 2015 – More than 2 years after Superstorm Sandy affected Long Island, many are still recovering from the damage and preparing for the possibility of another destructive storm. To mark the beginning of hurricane season and make sure South Shore communities are prepared for a disaster, the Long Island Volunteer Center and Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Babylon will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness Festival from 10 am- 1 pm on Saturday, June 20th at First Presbyterian Church, 79 East Main Street, Babylon, NY 11702.
Open to the public, the primary purpose of the festival will be to prepare attendees for a disaster with an emergency kit building, trivia, a scavenger hunt, kid’s activity table, relay race, and informational tables from local organizations and disaster groups across Long Island. Some of the organizations involved include The Health and Welfare Council Long Term Recovery Group, Sustainable Long Island, the BeesWell Project, EmPower Solar, Babylon Auxiliary Police, Babylon HAM Radio Operators, the American Red Cross, and Catholic Charities (which will be there with information about their new DART program that focuses on post-Sandy mental health and emergency preparedness).
At 10 am the event will kick off with opening words from elected officials and a presentation on the ABC’s of NY Rising by PKAD Architects. At 10:30 an Emergency Preparedness Scavenger Hunt will begin, the Go Kit Relay Race will begin at 11:30, at 12:15 there will be a raffle drawing, and the day will conclude with another presentation from PKAD Architects on the ABC’s of NY Rising. Prizes will also be distributed throughout the day to attendees that answer our emergency preparedness trivia questions.
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This event will also include music and participation from local restaurants with food and gift card raffles. All attendees will leave with an emergency kit and some take home information about making a family communication plan, what items to put in a go-kit, and some of the steps to better prepare one’s family for a disaster.
About the Long Island Volunteer Center:
The Long Island Volunteer Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, all-volunteer agency working to provide support to, and promote and advocate for, volunteer service on Long Island. We help individuals, families, and groups find volunteer opportunities with partner organizations through our website. LIVC has been assisting with the coordination of volunteers to effectively meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations affected by Superstorm Sandy.
About Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Babylon, Inc.:
Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Babylon, Inc. is a non-profit organization led by Kim and Judy Skillen that is dedicated to transforming Neighborhoods by building the community’s strength. They are first responders with immediate disaster relief kits and food after disaster strikes and having been assisting the Babylon community with rebuild efforts since Superstorm Sandy hit.
If you have any questions contact Elisabeth Muehlemann at 854-608-7369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The festival will be fun and informative for members of all Long Island communities so we hope everyone will come out with their friends and families!