Ahead of Superstorm Sandy’s First Anniversary Local High School Students and Seniors Created Emergency Preparedness Bags

image044As part of the 40 for 40 initiative, Met Council hosted a day of service with volunteers from local synagogues, high schools and wheelchair-bound seniors. More than 70 volunteers from the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Servicers (JBFCS) Kaplan House, Bronx Science High School Key Club, B’nai Jeshurun, Temple Shaaray Tefila, participated in an interactive service day focusing on emergency preparedness with 60 residents from Jewish Home Lifecare locations to create 200 emergency preparedness bags.

Following lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, Met Council coordinated this day of service to ensure that vulnerable elders residing in our communities are now better prepared for future emergencies. In the year since the superstorm, Met Council has worked to promote the importance of emergency preparedness to the most vulnerable in our communities through various volunteer and educational initiatives.

In commemoration of the first anniversary, Met Council Hurricane Sandy Recovery staff arranged the day of service with the high school students, which included: a seminar on interacting with wheelchair-bound elderly, a presentation on Sandy’s impact and time to assemble the emergency kits with the seniors. The emergency kits included a first aid kit, self powered flashlight, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, a whistle, dust masks, emergency preparation documents.

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