The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light to Hold Disaster Preparedness Event
Town of Babylon Residents encouraged to create an Emergency Disaster Kit in light of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and recent local storms here on Long Island
Babylon, NY (August 17, 2015) — The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light, with the assistance of the Long Island Volunteer Center will host a Disaster Preparedness Event to provide town of Babylon residents the opportunity to learn how to prepare for an upcoming storm or natural disaster. Coinciding with the Town of Babylon’s (TOB) Beach Blast Event on August 22, residents are invited to build their own disaster preparedness kit and learn tips on how to properly plan ahead for weather emergencies. In light of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and recent local storms here on Long Island, it is important residents learn what it means to be prepared during a natural disaster.
“More than half of the United States population does not have an emergency meeting place for family members or an emergency disaster kit prepared,” said Colleen Clay, Vice-President of Disaster Services with Points of Light. “We’re teaming up with The Allstate Foundation to better prepare residents for the damages extreme weather can cause.”
The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light are committed to educating the American people on the proper precautions to prevent maximum damage from natural disasters. Together they have joined other organizations to create www.goodandready.org, a website where users can access all of the information and resources needed to protect against a storm. In addition, event attendees will learn which materials to have in stock during a storm and can ask agents for safety tips.
During Super Storm Sandy, agents in New York volunteered with local nonprofit organizations and donated a total of $320,000. The Allstate Foundation plans to continue this support with the Disaster Preparedness Tour and educational campaign. During the tour, thousands of people will create emergency kits piece by piece using items such as a whistle, trash bag, dust mask, hand sanitizer, first aid kit, water bottle, rain poncho and a hand crank flashlight.
“In addition to having a catastrophe kit readily available for you and your loved ones in the event of a storm, we encourage that residents create an updated home inventory by walking through their house with a video recorder or camera,” said Kayla Taylor, New York Allstate Foundation Spokesperson. “Document valuable items and place the list along with other important financial and insurance paperwork in a waterproof container. Be sure to understand your insurance policies and what they cover. If you reside in a flood zone you may require additional coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).”
The event will take place 3 pm – 5 pm at Overlook Beach, Ocean Parkway, Babylon, on Saturday August 22. In addition to building approximately 600 emergency kits, families will gather at TOB’s Beach Blast for games, music, rides and the Annual Ice Cream Eating contest. This is one of the many events TOB provides for residents to celebrate the summer months and promote town pride. This year, the Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC) will take part as they join both Foundations in the event setup and organization. Additionally, the LIVC will help residents build their emergency kits and sign pledges to be prepared.
“Over 10,000 TOB homes were affected when Super Storm Sandy struck Long Island in 2012,” said Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Shaffer. “We are excited to bring the Disaster Preparedness program to our residents during this year’s Beach Blast as we are passionate about making sure our Town residents are prepared for the next storm that comes our way. This opportunity to partner with The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light is a great way to celebrate the culmination of summer while keeping an eye on preparing ourselves for the upcoming hurricane season.”
“Emergency preparedness is empowerment,” said Diana O’Neill, Executive Director of Long Island Volunteer Center. “Our region was brought to its knees as a result of Super Storm Sandy. Assembling an emergency preparedness kit is an important step toward resiliency. We are so grateful to The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light for creating this national initiative to build community that lifts others up in the process.”
For more information regarding the Disaster Preparedness Tour and education campaign, please 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 (NYSE: ALL). 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 building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.
About Points of Light
Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The organization was founded by President George H. W. Bush, who invoked the “thousand points of light” concept of service in his 1989 inaugural address. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, including The Allstate Foundation, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year.
About Long Island Volunteer Center
An affiliate of the HandsOn Network, the Long Island Volunteer Center is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit agency working to provide support to, and promote and advocate for, volunteer service on Long Island. The organization helps individuals, families, and groups find volunteer opportunities with partner organizations through our website and social media platforms as well as work with partner organizations to increase their capacity in maximizing volunteer engagement. LIVC has been assisting with the coordination of volunteers to effectively meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations affected by Super Storm Sandy.
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