Residents Prepare for Hurricane Joaquin with OEM Commissioner Esposito andCouncil Member Kallos Ahead of Joaquin

Free Go Bags Distributed to Nearly 100 Upper East Side and East Harlem Residents

New York, NY – Last night as Hurricane Joaquin approached the East Coast, New York City Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito joined Council Member Ben Kallos at the site of previous Superstorm Sandy flooding to train nearly 100 residents on preparing for emergencies and to distribute free Go Bags.
"Go Bags should be a household item, so that in the event of emergency, you can grab what you need and Go!” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “Always be prepared, especially now, if you live in a location that previously flooded, as we prepare for a week of rain and watch Hurricane Joaquin. Thank you to all the New Yorkers who came out to prepare and to Commissioner Esposito for being on hand to provide personal training.”

“Every New Yorker should be prepared and have a plan for what to do if you are ordered to evacuate your home. We are pleased to partner with Councilman Ben Kallos to keep New Yorkers safe and informed,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “We encourage New Yorkers to sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free emergency notification service. To sign up, call 311, visit, or follow@NotifyNYC on Twitter.”

September is National Preparedness Month culminating with “National PrepareAthon! Day” on September 30, the inspiration for the evening’s training ahead of Atlantic hurricane season. The event included the distribution of free Go Bags — a collection of items you can use in the event of an evacuation. Each household member should have a Go Bag, which should be sturdy, lightweight, and portable, such as a backpack.

The Go Bags that were distributed contained:
  • First aid kit;
  • Flash light with batteries;
  • Radio with batteries;
  • Whistle;
  • Poncho and emergency blanket;
  • Dust mask;
  • Pen, paper and magnifying lens;
  • Sanitary products including wipes, tissue, soap, comb, as well as tooth brush and paste; and,
Must be supplemented by residents who should add:
  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof container;
  • Extra sets of car and house keys;
  • Copies of credit and ATM card and cash;
  • Bottled water and nonperishable food;
  • List of medications and dosages household members take, or copes of all prescription slips with doctors’ name and numbers;
  • Child care, pet care and other special items;
  • Contact and meeting place information for your household, and a small regional map.
The event took place at the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center at 415 East 93rd Street, at 7pm Wednesday. Watch the event online, learn more from Ready New York, and track Hurricane Joaquin at NYC OEM.


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