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AMPHS Offers Memory Screenings and CPR Demonstrations this Summer

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We are delighted to announce that AMPHS has been invited to participate in a number of screening events this summer! In partnership with the Chinese-American Planning Council, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, and CAIPA (Chinese-American Independent Practice Association), AMPHS will help increase awareness among seniors of dementia risk and to enhance community preparedness.

Please contact Ravi Joshi, our Chief Operating Officer, at ravi.joshi@amphsonline.org if you would like to schedule demonstrations and screenings at your organization.

We also offer group certification course. Please contact faculty.resources@amphsonline.org if you are interested!

 

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AMPHS is 4 years old!

fourth bdayFour years ago, on March 25, a few volunteers started teaching emergency preparedness classes to students from Brooklyn – and so AMPHS was born. A year later, we started free, monthly health screenings for basic tests such as blood pressure and vision problems. And now AMPHS has 40 volunteers – from doctors and nurses to translators and data scientists – and offers not only comprehensive health screenings, counseling and social assistance, but also health coaching, education workshops, and public health research.

Through these efforts, AMPHS has improved the lives of almost 2,000 people from our local communities. We thank all of our generous donors and volunteers for helping us get to this point, and we promise – with your support – to continue leading the fight to provide health services to vulnerable communities in New York City.

Schedule a Health Event with AMPHS at Your Center!

screening 3Community organizations are invited to schedule health events with us this spring. Here at AMPHS, we make our biggest impact by providing individuals the opportunity to interact with our clinicians and social workers as a group and one-on-one. While we hold monthly in-house screening events, much of our work takes place outside of our facilities with our community partners.

Organizations can choose among the following services that AMPHS routinely offers:

Health screenings, including BMI, blood pressure, vision, memory, HIV and hepatitis C screenings.

Health workshops related to disease, health and wellness, conducted in three languages (English, Spanish, Chinese).

Lifestyle plan and social service counseling, where clinical volunteers and social work staff will sit down with community members to evaluate and their lifestyle behaviors and social situations and provide the best lifestyle plan and health insurance, prescription, and vision assistance options.

screeningHealth-related services are desperately needed in communities like Sunset Park, where many people have not seen a healthcare professional in years. In addition, many are unwilling to see a doctor because they haven’t seen one in years, and are afraid of costs that might incur or potential deportation if they are undocumented. Issues like mental health are highly stigmatized and people are not motivated to attend counseling sessions or workshops. To help deal with some of these issues, AMPHS offers its services in a safe, comfortable environment. AMPHS is blind to identification and insurance status and offers its services to the community at large, regardless of whether or not community members can afford them.

Mon Yuck Yu, AMPHS’ Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, has volunteered at several such events at hewett w CMUnited Sunset Senior Citizens Center in Brooklyn. Yu believes that “it is incredible the amount of impact we are able to make. Although many of the seniors have health insurance (like Medicare due to their age), there are many who fall through the gaps, and are unable to afford certain procedures or whose primary care physicians don’t communicate with them in the right ways. Our counseling has really helped them discover the path to better health. Some people would come up to us after the workshops to ask questions that don’t even get answered by a regular physician. For example, one person from a previous screening had extremely low blood pressure and after speaking with one of our clinical volunteers, was told that he needed to simply drink more water to alleviate his condition, which his doctor did not inform him about because he did not look close enough at his diet and lifestyle behaviors…Clinical Staff Member Takes BPin fact, many people have trouble believing that we are offering all of these services for free.”

Kathleen Tam, who has served as the Chinese translator for a number of health screenings recalls: “Older community members are eager to participate in the health education sessions. They usually gather and listen to us. I think they learn something new about how to stay healthy every time we go in. They also take our handouts home and share with their family and friends.”

Community members who attend screening and healthcare-related workshops will return to AMPHS for longer follow-up care and to seek additional social services. While AMPHS does not substitute a regular provider, it attempts to be the intermediary providing community members with the knowledge of their health risk factors, prevention methods, and resources for health access.

Volunteer Spotlight: Tess Aldrich, Clinical Volunteer

“By reaching out to communities and individuals who are otherwise marginalized from ‘mainstream’ medical care..it feels great to be able to spend time really talking with people.”

IMG_3531As a public service organization serving a diverse ethnic community, AMPHS has a similarly diverse volunteer team operating its programs behind the scenes. This month, we had the opportunity to sit down with one of our clinical volunteers, Tess Aldrich to take a look at the work that she does both inside and outside of AMPHS.

Tess is an Adult and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with a background in public health research.  Prior to becoming an NP, she worked at the Population Council in Mexico City and later at Gynuity Health Projects on studies relating to cervical cancer screening and management, family planning, and maternal mortality prevention.  After earning her MSN at the Yale School of Nursing, she worked for two years in adult primary care at a federally-qualified community health center based in Harlem. She currently works at the NYU Student Health Center in Women’s Health Services.

What do you do outside of AMPHS?

I work as a Nurse Practitioner at the NYU Student Health Center, primarily in women’s health, managing a variety of gynecologic and primarily care conditions. Because the patient population is, for the most part, comprised of young, healthy individuals, we do a lot of preventive care and education, which I greatly enjoy. There are also opportunities for teaching and mentorship; I precept a Nurse Practitioner (NP) student each semester and recently gave a talk to nursing students on heart disease in women.

Why did you choose to volunteer at AMPHS?

My fist job as an NP was at a community health center in Harlem, where I worked in adult primary care. In this setting, patients presented with a range of chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and mental illness. We also saw a number of uninsured individuals, many of whom had not accessed medical care in years. While it was very challenging, I greatly enjoyed this work and wanted to maintain a connection with community health — specifically related to New York’s immigrant population. When I learned about AMPHS and its mission, it sounded like a wonderful opportunity to stay involved.

DSC_0726What has your experience been your experience as a clinical volunteer thus far?

I’ve had a great experience with AMPHS so far. I’ve particularly enjoyed the community events I participated in this past summer, and was also really impressed with the energy and expertise of the summer interns I met during these activities. The in-house screenings have also been a wonderful opportunity to meet community members I otherwise probably wouldn’t have contact with and to hear about their health concerns. People who attend these screenings range from those who have not seen a health care provider in years (and perhaps don’t know about many resources available to them) to those who are well-informed and very much linked in with health care services — but perhaps want to learn more about a specific health topic.

From a public health perspective, I think one of the biggest challenges that AMPHS has highlighted is that of accessing healthy food options (e.g. fresh, affordable produce) and safe spaces to exercise. At one community event last summer, it was really motivating to see the many participants — young and old alike (including some AMPHS volunteers) — participating in Tai Chi and Zumba classes together. One community group had also set up a cooking station to demonstrate healthy, easy recipes.

How has AMPHS impacted you?

By reaching out to communities and individuals who are otherwise marginalized from “mainstream” medical care, I’m constantly reminded of both how resourceful people are in managing their own health and that of their families, as well as how stressful it can be to live in a city like New York when English is not your first language, and you perhaps don’t feel entirely connected to the myriad communities and services around you. Additionally, while the in-house screenings can get quite busy depending on the number of community members who show up, it’s great to be able to spend time really talking with people and answering questions. As an NP, as much as we strive to give patients adequate time in busy medical practices, the reality is that the visit often ends up feeling quite rushed – which is a constant challenge for both patients and providers.

DSC_5559Do you have any suggestions for someone interested in a career in the healthcare field?

I do think being exposed early on to as many clinical settings and populations as possible can be critical; not only does this exposure build your skill set and teach the importance of adaptability, but I think it also impresses upon providers the importance of listening to patients and learning from them. I also think for someone just starting out, the importance of good mentorship cannot be stressed enough. As health care providers, we also learn so much from each other. This learning process is important throughout a career but especially valuable in the beginning.

Where do you see yourself in AMPHS in the future?

I think one of the most important aspects of AMPHS’ work is that of directing community members to medical and public health resources available to them. With the Affordable Care Act, hopefully many people who otherwise did not access medical and preventive health care will to do so now; AMPHS is well-situated to act as a liaison between individuals and these services. I also think the counseling/education piece that AMPHS provides (which sometimes falls through the cracks in busy health care settings) is incredibly important.

AMPHS Works with Kress Vision Program to Offer Vision Assistance

vision screening3AMPHS is excited to announce its partnership with Kress Vision of NY Presbyterian Hospital to offer vision assistance to community members of Sunset Park. Kress Vision’s services will replace AMPHS’ previous partnership with New Eyes for the Needy, which will not be accepting new applications in Spring 2014.

Kress offers FREE screenings for any vision-related issue, including the prevention of blindness, cataracts and glaucoma, and FREE prescription glasses for all uninsured individuals, regardless of immigration status. Follow-ups with specialty ophthalmologist and surgical procedures will also be provided free of charge. Glasses (including frames and lenses) are offered free of charge thanks to a collaboration with Hoagland Opticians. Reading glasses will be offered on-the-spot on an as-needed basis. Community members who need just glasses and have a prescription do not need to get examined again – they can forgo the wait and be sent directly to the optician to get lenses and frames.

The Kress Vision Program mainly targets individuals who are uninsured, and do not qualify for insurance.  Interested community members should contact AMPHS at (212) 256-9036 or national@amphsonline.org; you will be invited to come into the AMPHS office for a preliminary assessment and our social workers will provide you with the proper referrals to the Kress Vision Program.

DSC_0039AMPHS looks forward to partnering with Kress in the near future to offer free comprehensive vision screenings at its monthly health screening events in addition to eye health workshops in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical School.

The Kress Vision office is located at 170 William Street, NY, NY 10038. Hoagland Opticians, where community members fill their prescription lenses, is located at 1 Maiden Lane, about 5 blocks away.

On behalf of community members of Sunset Park, AMPHS would like to thank Kress Vision for their generosity and look forward to a fruitful partnership.

Interested in Volunteering?

Would you like to make a direct difference in the lives of underserved community members?

Would you like to work directly to improve immigrant health outcomes?

Are you interested contributing your skills to a young, entrepreneurial organization?

DSC_0650As a grassroots community-based organization, AMPHS fills in gaps where the health care system leaves off. Right now, we are seeking new volunteers! Apply online and submit your resume and supplementary materials to personnel.resources@amphsonline.org.

The following positions are now open :

Board Member – The Board Member will be expected to provide not only organizational governance, but also take an active role in fundraising, fiscal stewardship, networking, public relations, long-range strategic development, event planning, and Board recruitment.

Chief Medical Officer The Senior Vice President, Clinical Services & Chief Medical Officer will be responsible for overseeing clinical activities, clinical staff, faculty and medical programs at AMPHS. This may include approving and developing screening procedures, overlooking screening events, and organizing/directing clinical trainings for staff and educational programs for the community.

Chief Financial Officer The Chief Financial Officer will be the primary financial manager responsible for assessing the financial health of organization. The CFO will define the process and implement the infrastructure/systems needed to support substantial long-term growth of AMPHS.

Development Associate The Development Associate will be responsible for managing the organization’s fund raising campaigns. The candidate must become familiar with AMPHS programs and events, and seek for funding sources that will support them.

Spanish Translator The candidate should be a native Spanish speaker and/or have an advanced degree or training in the Spanish language and strong written and oral proficiency. Applicants will be asked to submit a writing sample in English and Spanish to demonstrate written and oral competency.

Clinical Volunteer AMPHS holds free in-house health screenings the third Saturday of every month, as well as community health fairs with partner organizations throughout the year, where our the clinical volunteer will help underprivileged community members in the New York City (and in particular, the Brooklyn Sunset Park area) undergo regular disease screenings.

AMPHS Partners with Latino Commission on AIDS to offer Hep C Screenings

latino aids logoAMPHS is honored to announce that beginning November 2013, it will initiate a partnership with the Latino Commission on AIDS to provide community members with Hepatitis C and HIV/ AIDS screenings during AMPHS’ in-house events.

The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 with the goal of preventing and fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community—one of the primary populations that AMPHS serves. Founded in New York, the Commission is now active in 40 US states and Puerto Rico. Recognizing that factors such as social stigma, language barriers, immigration status, and accessibility are preventing people from seeking care leading to higher infection rates, the organization offers a range of services to address these issues:

  • Access to knowledge – Organizing campaigns that educate the general public about HIV prevention and treatment.
  • HIV prevention Working closely with organizations serving women, adolescents, and members of the LGBTQ community to implement programs for HIV prevention.
  • Advocacy – Organizing National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, a country-wide event for HIV testing, prevention and education.
  • Research – Collecting, analyzing, and publishing data in peer-reviewed journals.
Hep C Fingerstick Test Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Hep C Fingerstick Test
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Hepatitis C is a disease closely linked to HIV/AIDS that is caused by the hepatitis C virus and primarily affects the liver. Infection with the virus can lead to illness that could be very mild to a condition that is very serious, leading up to liver cancer and cirrhosis. In a manner similar to HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, so prevention is the best cure.

Working closely with the Hispanic population of Sunset Park, AMPHS recognizes that hepatitis is a common, but under-diagnosed disease affecting a number of community members in the area. The two organizations hope that the partnership will help address invisible cases of the disease and provide community members with the proper treatment options, regardless of health insurance and documentation status.

Screening for hepatitis C consists of fingerstick blood tests to determine whether a person has the hepatitis virus and measure the quantity of virus in the blood and its genetic makeup. It is usually conducted alongside a HIV oral swab test. Results for both tests are ready after 20 minutes. Individuals tested positive for Hepatitis C will be referred for follow-up testing and treatment with a primary care physician.

For more information about the Latino Commission on AIDS, visit

http://www.latinoaids.org/.

(Re)Vision Magazine Films at AMPHS

photo 2 (2)This November and December, (Re)Vision Video Magazine will be filming at the Academy of Medical and Public Health Services for a featured piece on social entrepreneurship. (Re)Vision Video Magazine is a story platform seeking to inspire others to follow their visions and  their passions. Mon Yuck, our Chief of Staff, was chosen as one of the first four mini-documentaries to be featured in its upcoming release. Her story highlights her pioneering work with AMPHS and her devoted vision to its cause.

Throughout the month, (Re)Vision documentarists Alexander Stockton and Natalia Rodriguez will be interviewing Mon Yuck as well as other AMPHS volunteers on their experiences and their motivations for volunteering at the organization. They will be following the work of volunteers at screening events, trainings, and outreach activities, and interviewing community members about the impact the organization is making on their lives. Stockton and Rodriguez hope that that these inspirational stories will motivate other young people to pursue their visions and become recognized leaders in their communities.

Following AMPHS’ recent selection for its top-rated nonprofit status, (Re)Vision will also be putting together a video to help support the AMPHS cause. The video will feature AMPHS’ everyday work in the community and incorporate the touching stories of community members whose lives have been adversely affected by the gaping holes in health care. AMPHS hopes that the video will encourage viewers to recognize that even those who have lost their voice in society — the low-income, underprivileged, and many times, undocumented population — still deserve health care as a basic human right.

Video Sneak Peeks:

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A Big Welcome to New Clinical Volunteers, Sonny & Shaili!

AMPHS is pleased to announce that Sonny Nijjar and Shaili Parmar, both medical students at St. Georges University, will be joining AMPHS as Clinical Volunteers. Here is a little about each of them in their own words:

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“I have always believed that there is an untold connection which unites all beings on our planet. Some people find this connection through science or art or religion, I have affirmed this connection through the integration of healing into life. Naturally, my inclination towards science and medicine was made during university in Canada. I am currently in the 4th year of medical school and will receive me degree from St. Georges University. In the past few years I have learned a lot about medicine and perhaps even more about life.  I have found that by combining western healing philosophy with eastern spirituality, all within the background of a community based approach, a holistic connection is made, encompassing healing through unity. AMPHS is a wonderful medium to unite communities and ultimately society under a common health-first umbrella. Through AMPHS I feel there is an opportunity to enhance the entire human connection.  I look to utilize the new found understandings of public health into my practice and more importantly, into life.”

shaili2Shaili Parmar

“Community service has been a part of my life since some of my earliest memories. Spending the first eight years of my life in India exposed me to a wide array of societal conditions which relied on community aid, as such, I am very aware of current issues surrounding public health and healthcare in general. I completed many courses related to public health during my undergraduate completion at Boston University. My affinity towards health care drew me towards the field of medicine, which I am currently in my 4th year and will receive my degree from St. Georges University. I am looking forward to a residency in Family Medicine where I will actively incorporate public health awareness and disease prevention techniques to my practice. Naturally, when I discovered AMPHS a serendipitous feeling came over me as I was completing 3rd year rotations only a block away at Lutheran medical center. I feel very strongly that AMPHS will help expand my awareness of the public health sector and the medical needs of individual communities. AMPHS has a strong framework of community based care driven by the clinical knowledge of caring and enthusiastic individuals, thus, I feel very comfortable with my decision to donate my time there. I look forward to many more learning opportunities within the context AMPHS outreach programs to continually better myself, communities, and ultimately, humanity.”

Welcome to the team. We are excited to have you!

Stay Prepared during National Preparedness Month!

September is National Preparedness Month! Last year, Hurricane Sandy took 286 lives, destroyed 15,000 homes, and incurred over $68 billion in damages. With hurricane season rolling in, how are you and your family staying prepared? Take this time to review your emergency plans; whether it’s a natural disaster or house fire, having an emergency plan in place ensures that you and your loved ones stay safe and have a place to turn in times of crisis. Here are some tips to get you started:

DSC_01421. Get Trained in CPR/AED and First Aid

Did you know that 47% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital, especially in the times of natural disasters? Natural disasters also escalate environmental hazards, such as poisonous gases from leaks, electrical hazards from fallen power lines, proliferation of stray animals from the wild, and fallen debris. These can cause serious injuries if you do not take the proper level of caution and care. Get trained to prepare yourself to care for others who may be victims of heart attacks or injuries from natural disasters. Take an American Heart Association CPR/AED and First Aid class with AMPHS to get trained in the necessary skills to protect you and your family. We offer classes in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

2. Prepare a Shelter-in-Place Emergency Supply Kit

Because public assistance may not be available in all areas following a disaster, emergency supply kits are important to help families ensure self-sufficiency during that period. Not only are kits essential to shelter-in-place at home, they are also helpful for staying in a public shelter or workplace that lacks important necessities. While it is possible to purchase a pre-packaged kit with basic survival items, such as food, water, and first aid supplies, a level of personalization is needed to ensure that your kits are set for any disaster. Here are some recommended items to consider:

Emergency Shelter Kit (Photo Credit: LifeSource)

Emergency Shelter Kit
(Photo Credit: LifeSource)

Basic

  • Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.

  • Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable, ready-to-eat food for the entire family.

  • Flashlight and extra batteries.

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio with extra batteries.

  • Phone that does not require electricity and/or cell phones with chargers.

  • First aid kit.

  • Whistle or bell to signal for help.

  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air.

  • Ear plugs, for noisy environments.

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.

  • Moist towelettes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.

  • Tools, such as wrench or pliers, to turn off utilities and to fix damaged items.

  • Hand crank can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).

  • Map of the local area.

  • Photocopies of identification documents and ATM/credit cards in waterproof, portable containers.

  • Extra sets of house and car keys.

  • Paper and pencil.

Bedding/Clothing/Eating Needs

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.

  • Complete change of clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.

  • Kits that contain paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, and paper towels.

  • Poncho for rainy weather, blizzards, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.

General Health Needs

  • List of medications members of household take and their dosages; copies of prescription slips.

  • Prescription medications, glasses, and contact lens solution.

  • Iodine tablets or household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper.

  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items (e.g. toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, etc.).

Children Needs

  • Infant formula and diapers.

  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities.

  • Pediatrician contact information.

For Elderly or Disabled Family Members

  • Back-up medical equipment and supplies (e.g. medication, scooter battery, hearing aids and batteries, oxygen, facemasks, gloves). If a family member usually uses a motorized wheelchair, try to have a standard wheelchair for emergencies.

  • Style and serial numbers of medical devices (e.g. pacemakers) and usage instructions.

  • Spare cane or walker, for use especially if one gets lost or broken during an emergency.

  • List of family members’ medications and special medical conditions and/or prescription slips, if available.

Financial / Business Needs

  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. Also consider putting these items in bank safe.

  • Cash or traveler’s checks and extra rolls of change (especially quarters).

  • PDA, laptop, or tablet with chargers.

  • Office telephone /fax/email contact list and personnel roster.

  • Back-up hard drive or USB. Also consider backing up documents in cloud-based systems.

Supplies for Your Vehicle

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Maps and/or GPS system (rely on this only if car charger works).

  • CPR and first aid kit and manual.

  • White distress flag.

  • Tire repair kit, booster/jumper cables, pump and flares, extra tires.

  • Lightsticks and emergency candles.

  • Bottled water and non-perishable foods such as granola bars; water purification tablets.

  • Seasonal supplies: Winter – blanket, hat, mittens, shovel, sand, tire chains, windshield scraper, florescent distress flag; Summer – sunscreen lotion (SPF 15 or greater), shade items (umbrella, wide brimmed hat, etc).

  • Car phone charger.

  • Crank radio (ideally with phone charging and lantern light); solar radios.

  • [Duplicate] emergency contact lists, medication lists, provider contact information.

3. Pack a Go-Bag

Go-Bag  (Photo Credit: Freebies2Deals)

Go-Bag
(Photo Credit: Freebies2Deals)

Go-bags are portable packs that contain a collection of things you will need in case you or your family needs to leave in a hurry. Each member of your family should pack a go-bag. Go-bags should be sturdy and easy to carry, and heavy items should be left at home. Go-bags are available for purchase, but just like emergency supply kits, would benefit from some level of customization. Dig out a couple of old backpacks and start with the following items:

  • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.)

  • Extra set of car and house keys

  • Copies of credit and ATM cards and cash, especially in small denominations. We recommend you keep at least $50-$100 on hand. Keep a roll of quarters at hand as well.

  • Bottled water and non-perishable food such as energy or granola bars

  • Flashlight (LED flashlights preferred since they have longer life spans)

  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio

  • Extra batteries

  • List of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages.

  • Medication information and other essential personal items. If you store extra medication in your Go Bag, be sure to refill it before it expires.

  • First-aid kit

  • Contact and meeting place information for your household, and a small regional map

  • Child care supplies or other special care items

  • USB drive or hard drive with important back-up documents (or consider cloud storage options like Dropbox, SugarSync, Box, or Google Drive)

4. Develop a 5-Step Family Preparedness Plan

Emergency Evacuation Plan (Photo Credit: Emergency Plan Experts)

Emergency Evacuation Plan
(Photo Credit: Emergency Plan Experts)

Sit down with your family to create a preparedness plan. Make sure that everyone is aware of it and practices it constantly. Here are the five basic steps to a preparedness plan:

1) Do your homework. Research local hazards in your area and resources to keep you prepared.

2) Create a family disaster plan. Decide on the best escape routes from your home, where to meet, and who you can stay with. Consider creating a “Family Emergency Response Team.”

3) Make a preparedness checklist and periodically update it. Items on the checklist should be done on a regular basis, and can include: teaching family members how to use a fire extinguisher, learning basic first aid, and conducting a home hazard hunt.

4) Practice and maintain your plan. Schedule evacuation drills every six months and replace expired items in your emergency supply kit and go-bag(s).

5) Get involved. Become apart of community preparedness teams like CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) or the Medical Reserve Corps.

5.  Stay Notified.

If you are a NYC resident, here are some ways to keep up-to-date with local emergency notifications.

  • NotifyNYCnotifynyc. Notify NYC is New York City’s emergency messaging program and official source for information about emergency events and important City services.  Sign up to receive free emergency information via email and text.

  • New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM). NYC OEM releases preparedness tips and up-to-date information on disaster relief efforts and evacuation zone maps. ready.govStay updated by regularly visiting their website.

  • Ready.gov. Learn to stay prepared and sign up to receive preparedness notifications online.

  • 4FEMA Text Messages. Receive monthly text messages from FEMA on how to stay prepared when emergencies strike.