I don’t know how interesting and helpful my ‘Are You Ready’ series was for most of Brian Lehrer’s listeners on WNYC. However, I was thrilled to hear that it may have at least had a small, albeit important, constructive impact on New York City’s emergency efforts.
Roger, a listener from Brooklyn, New York, emailed me through this site after the second episode to ask for information about joining the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). I referred him to the City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). He contacted OEM and his local community board to get the information, and he told me will be beginning his CERT training this week.
One of the major objectives of 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 a catalyst in encouraging Roger to volunteer for CERT is great to hear.