Members of the Red Cross joined other local organizations at the Emergency Preparedness Expo on March 30 at the Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River to help educate the community about disaster preparedness.
The Expo brought together local organizations with information on what to do before, during and after an emergency. The Red Cross and other organizations provided table displays throughout the Cavallini Middle School gym featuring preparedness resources and information. Attendees visited tables to learn how to be better prepared in the event of an emergency.
Red Cross Regional Preparedness Manager Paul Gass and volunteers Rose Mathew, Wayne Flavien, and Paul Lalka manned the Red Cross table where they distributed preparedness information and discussed the importance having a family disaster plan and emergency preparedness kit with expo attendees.
The Emergency Preparedness Expo was organized by Girl Scout Elizabeth Menton of Upper Saddle River Troop 1271 as her Gold Award Project. The 16-year-old decided to organize the Expo after seeing the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in her community.
“Hurricane Sandy started me on the project,” said Menten. “I saw a need for people to know more about preparedness.”
Following Superstorm Sandy 80 percent of Upper Saddle River roads were impassable and 99 of the town was without power.
“Hurricane Sandy especially made us recognize how truly vulnerable we can be during a severe weather event,” Chief Patrick Rotella of the Upper Saddle River Police Department told attendees. “If the last few years are any indication of what mother nature has in store for us then it is imperative that we all work to prepare accordingly to ensure the safety of ourselves, our family and our community.”
Other Expo participants included the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management, Bergen CountyCommunity Animal Response Team, Bergen County Community Emergency Response Team), Nelson-Patterson Insurance Agency, Valley Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Bergen County Health Services.
The Red Cross is here to make sure you are as prepared as you possibly can be for potential disasters and other emergencies. These events can strike suddenly, at any time and anywhere. There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference.
Be Red Cross Ready Checklist
- Know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur in your community
- Have a family disaster plan and practice it
- Have an emergency preparedness kit
- Ensure at least one member of your household is trained in first aid and CPR/AED
- Take action to help your community prepare
For information on how to prepare yourself and your family visit www.redcross.org/prepare.
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