I don’t know how interesting and helpful myÂ ‘Are You Ready’ series was for most of Brian Lehrer’s listeners on WNYC. However, I was thrilled to hear that itÂ may have at least had a small, albeit important,Â constructive impact onÂ New YorkÂ City’s emergency efforts.
Roger, a listenerÂ from Brooklyn, New York, emailed me through this site after the second episodeÂ to askÂ for information about joining the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). I referred him toÂ the City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM).Â He contacted OEM and his local community board to get the information,Â and he told me will be beginning his CERT training this week.
One of theÂ major objectives ofÂ my work in this area, including this blog, is to highlight opportunities for citizens to get more involved in their community’s emergency preparedness and response efforts — and then help facilitate that involvement.
The fact that I may have been aÂ catalyst in encouragingÂ Roger to volunteer for CERT is greatÂ to hear.