One of the goals of NYCHA’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is to help residents stay resilient and safe when faced with emergencies or disasters. OEM partnered with the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps, which offers courses led by National Guard troops on how to prepare for emergencies.
In June, seniors at the Astoria Houses senior center learned how to create “go bags” containing the items needed during an evacuation and how to develop a family reunification plan for locating loved ones during an emergency.
OEM also provided information on evacuations, the flood-protection measures being installed at some developments, and how to get additional guidance on emergency preparedness.
At the end of the session, attendees received a certificate of completion and pocket emergency guide, among other resources. And OEM raffled a “go bag” that helped bolster one participant’s emergency preparedness.