New York's Cooperative and Condominium Community
Vivian Lee in Building Operations on December 18, 2014
According to Eyewitness News, fire officials reported that the residents made a number of wrong moves:
Now that the holiday season is with us, here are some resources to help you be prepared to handle any emergency.
The New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps is offering two-hour courses that co-op and condo board members can attend. Those who go in person will receive an New York State disaster preparedness kit and learn about the tools and resources needed to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible. For those who cannot attend in person, there's an online course.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) can send representatives to your building to show residents and building staff how to prepare for a number of worst-case scenarios. They can help answer questions about how your building can cope in an emergency when trying to evacuate:
Your building is a community, and by staying informed and working together, you can look out for one another, especially when everyone needs it most.
For the Tech-Savvy
The OEM provides a couple of online tools for the tech savvy, including a link for the Ready NYC app, which you can download free and use, as long as you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (see page for details). The OEM also dipped into gamification territory, and created a readiness challenge that quizzes users on what course of action to take in any type of emergency.
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