March 16, 2005


As part of its centennial celebration, the American Red Cross is marking March as Red Cross Month and offering invaluable information to the public on disaster preparedness at Brooklyn Public Library.

Brooklyn, New York, March 21, 2005 – In conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the American Red Cross, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will host "Ready New York," an interactive presentation during which emergency experts from the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Red Cross' Disaster Action Team instruct Brooklynites about ways to avoid, prepare for, and respond to disasters. Free and open to the public, "Ready New York" will be held in BPL's Central Library's Second Floor Meeting Room located at Grand Army Plaza on Saturday, March 26, 2005 from 2-4 PM

For anyone who wants to plan for unexpected emergencies – such as fires, blackouts and water-related disasters – David Dunn, co-captain of the American Red Cross' Disaster Action Team (DAT), will offer expert advice on creating emergency communications plans, assembling disaster supply kits and other actions to be taken if disaster strikes. In addition to getting helpful tips on how to handle a real crisis, library users will receive helpful literature to take home to share with family and friends.

During the event, the American Red Cross' Mobile Command Vehicle will be parked outside of BPL's Central library on the Plaza. This state-of-the art vehicle is equipped with the latest technology to enable the American Red Cross' responders to help Brooklynites more effectively at the scene of an emergency. The Mobile Command Vehicle can also be used as a temporary emergency operations center to provide longer-term support at major disasters. Features of Mobile Command Vehicle:

39 phone lines

Satellite Dish reception for monitoring of major news networks

A video conferencing camera and server to interface with the American Red Cross headquarters

Eight workstations dedicated to the functions integral to disaster response: government liaison; communications; damage assessment; family services; logistics, mass care; mental health; and staffing.

Providing free life-saving advice and an insider's glance into the Mobile Command Vehicle at Brooklyn Public Library, Ready New York is an enriching program from which every Brooklynite can benefit from.

Directions to BPL's Central Library at Grand Army Plaza:

Subway: 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza or Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum of Art station, or Q to 7th Avenue.

Bus: B41, B69, B71 (B45, B48, B67 2-4 blocks).

Car: From Manhattan: Brooklyn Bridge and left onto Tillary, then right onto Flatbush Avenue. Or take Manhattan Bridge, which turns into Flatbush Ave. From Brooklyn and Queens: BQE (Brooklyn Queens Expressway) to Tillary exit. Take a left onto Flatbush Ave. All approaches: Follow Flatbush Avenue about two miles to enter traffic circle
around Grand Army Plaza. Central Library is on the far side of traffic circle.

For more information on BPL's Central Library, please call 718.230.2100 or visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

"Ready New York" is presented in coordination with the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and with support from the New York City Council.

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