Build Supportive Neighborhoods in NYC--Prepare for Increasing Climate Disruption
mar. 6 novembre à 00:30
LET’S CREATE SUPPORTIVE NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGHOUT NYC:
Prepare for Increasing Climate Disruptions NYC Grassroots Alliance has been hosting a series of events to highlight ways people can prepare to take care of themselves, their families, friends and neighbors with the help of others, near home, during climate disruptions. As we have learned from the massive damage from the Hurricanes of 2017, including Harvey in Houston and Maria in Puerto Rico, that were associated with large-scale flooding, the government cannot be everywhere and, most often, neighbors are the ones who come to the rescue. Should the grid go down and cell phone communications cease in an emergency, neighbors can arrange to check on the elderly or disabled and those with small children and/or pets. Neighborhoods can develop coordinated knowledge in advance of crises about local places to find shelter, secure depots to obtain food and supplies, locations of rafts, bikes, power generators and people with crucial skills such as firefighters, doctors and nurses, etc. and ways to find them amid crises. Our speakers have included people from Government agencies including the NYC Office of Emergency Management, and CERT (Citizens' Emergency Response Team, and from neighborhood organizations where plans have already been put in place, such as Lower East Side (LES) Ready, and Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, and and existing groups that need to put plans in place including Sustainable Staten Island, CSAs, block associations, community gardens, faith-based groups, Y’s, and organizers of bike rescues and other groups with creative ideas that should be more widely known. We hope to have speakers from Red Hook Initiative soon. People in Red Hook are still trying to recover from water damage from Superstorm Sandy in 2014!! We encourage attendees to meet with neighbors and think together about how to coordinate and collaborate within their own neighborhoods so that they are ready for increasing climate disruptions. Each event will include Q & A with the presenters. The third event in this series will take place on Monday November 5. On November 5, we will have Sophia Pan from the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, which funds local community projects through its program, NY Rising; Michelle Robinson from Bethel Gospel Assembly, a long-established faith-based community in East Harlem connected to the East Harlem Community Organizers Active in Disasters (COAD) and Catherine Mc Bride, Director of the Community Building program and facilitator Tevina Willis, a resident from the Red Hook Initiative in Brooklyn that focuses on academic and social support for High School student leaders-to-be. We encourage attendees to meet with neighbors and think together about how to coordinate and collaborate within their own neighborhoods so that they are ready for increasing climate disruptions. Each event will include Q & A with the presenters and helpful handouts with resources. ----- Please RSVP to our meetup:
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