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Partners in Preparedness

partners in preparedness

December 2012 Featured Partner: JetBlue Airways
In September JetBlue held a companywide drive to be better prepared by encouraging Crewmembers to pledge to be ready for any emergency. Crewmembers were asked to Pledge, Prepare, and Be the Answer by completing an online survey, with the goal that they could "be the answer" when faced with an emergency situation.

Each day a new topic on preparedness was published in the company's Corporate Daily News, including tips on having emergency contacts up to date, preparing for natural disasters, home and vehicle safety, and even how to create a plan for your pet! As part of this outreach, Crewmembers could also compete in weekly preparedness contests. The prize for the final contest was a vacation package to a destination of the winning Crewmember's choice.

Safety is JetBlue's number one value, touching every aspect of the airline's operation. Keeping this in mind, Crewmembers were encouraged to learn more about the company's corporate emergency response plan and to volunteer in one of the airline's internal emergency response teams, including the Ready Team, the corporate American Red Cross Team.

November 2012 Featured Partner: Union Square Partnership
Union Square Partnership represents thousands of businesses in the epicenter of the hottest dining, shopping, and creative industries in New York City. In fact, the growing numbers of new tech companies and venture capital firms that have recently moved to the area have earned the neighborhood its designation as New York City’s Digital District.

With so much at stake for its member organizations, the Partnership has embraced emergency preparedness. On October 24, the Partnership hosted a Ready Union Square event, which provided an opportunity for businesses to network with other small businesses and learn from experts from OEM and Con Edison about what to do before an emergency. The Partnership has remained active through Hurricane Sandy, sharing vital information about emergency preparedness, mass transit, utility service outages, and district clean-up through a variety of outlets.
Read more about the 10/24 Ready Union Square event

October 2012 Featured Partner: ABC TV
ABC TV employees practice emergency preparedness and business continuity planning throughout the year. Our program is called ABC Ready! It Starts with You and all throughout the year there are employee planning and awareness activities meant to ensure at time of a crisis everyone knows their emergency roles and responsibilities. Each business group has a Business Continuity Planning Leader that is responsible for developing and exercising their emergency response and business contingency plans. The Leaders meet each month to discuss planning guidance, best practices, tools, techniques and lessons learned. All through the year ABC TV business units conduct continuity exercises by simulating disaster events and testing how they would respond and recover. The planning focus is on the personal and business impacts left behind by disaster events such as storms, power outages, fires, system failures, flooding and even terrorist events. ABC TV encourages employees to create family preparedness plans along with plans to recover their critical businesses. In September, we hosted a Crisis Management fair for employees with guidance materials from OEM, FDNY and NYPD as well as our own ABC Ready! materials. There will be a series of planning tips, videos and helpful links throughout the month highlighted on our ABC Ready website. And each business unit will be holding their own awareness activities that stress the need for family and work preparedness. We are committed to the safety of our employees and to the continuity of media services we provide our viewers. We are ABC Ready!

September 2012 Featured Partner: Building Owners & Managers Association of Greater New York, Inc.
For more than two decades, BOMA/NY members — 750 companies encompassing owners, property managers and building professionals representing more than 400 million square feet of commercial space—have been the first line of defense for the more than 3 million tenants working in New York’s office buildings.

During that time, the Association has provided the best preparedness information and educational tools possible, and as a result, has forged a long-standing relationship with the emergency preparedness and disaster response community. Since 1999 and fully underway by the Millennium, BOMA/NY has had a seat in the OEM Emergency Operations Center.

BOMA/NY’s readiness profile and member opportunities were further heightened in the months following 9/11, when BOMA/NY took emergency preparedness to a new level in the building management profession and developed the Preparedness Committee. The committee works with OEM, NYPD, FDNY and other state and federal agencies to share information, provide guidance and both establish and disseminate standards for responding to building operational issues. The Preparedness Committee has published a local and national industry guide on emergency drills for high-rise building staff and a second guide on pandemic flu preparedness. Additional initiatives include Lessons Learned debriefings and other strategies that will help us better serve New York’s working public.

Throughout all our preparedness efforts, we have collaborated with OEM. We are proud to be named a Partner in Preparedness, and will continue to work diligently to uphold the highest of preparedness standards in NYC commercial real estate.

August 2012 Featured Partner: Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority
To kick off support of OEM's Partners in Preparedness program, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated Lambda Eta Alumnae Chapter of New York (Lambda Eta), dedicated its September general body meeting to the "Ready New York" campaign. Lambda Eta’s executive board conducted an emergency preparedness presentation, raffled off Go Bags to members, and encouraged members, families, and friends to sign up for Notify NYC. During National Preparedness Month, Lambda Eta continued its commitment to individual and organizational emergency preparedness by hosting a preparedness display, distributing Ready New York guides and emergency reference cards as well as raffling Go Bags at a Bronx community fair.

Lambda Eta Alumnae Chapter of New York represents and serves the New-York based alumnae of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated and strives to exemplify Lambda Theta Alpha’s principles of Unity, Love, and Respect through political, social, and cultural activities. Lambda Eta is committed to providing charitable and educational programs throughout New York. Since 2010 our organization has been a proud supporter of the "Ready New York" campaign as part of its commitment to civic engagement.

July 2012 Featured Partner: New York City Department for the Aging
The New York City Department for the Aging is one of OEM’s strongest outreach partners. It worked with OEM to create and introduce the new Ready New York My Emergency Plan, and is joining with OEM to mail the 2012 updated Ready New York Hurricane guide to all senior centers in the city’s coastal storm evacuation zones. This combined effort has allowed both organizations to extend their emergency preparedness training and information about DFTA services to the city’s  growing senior population and to those with special needs.  The Department for the Aging has been a partner in the “Partner in Preparedness” since the program’s inception in 2011.  The Department for the Aging and Office for Emergency Management have worked together for over 10 years.

June 2012 Featured Partner: New York State Psychiatric Institute
At the Annual Employee Health Fair on June 6th, New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) kicked off the NYC OEM’s Partners in Preparedness program to all the Institute’s employees. “It was a perfect time to start the OEM’s Partners in Preparedness program since this week is National Hurricane Preparedness week,” said Peter Reynolds, NYSPI Coordinator of Emergency Management NYSPI’s Emergency Management Committee, Environmental of Care Committee and NYC OEM staff had a display of emergency preparedness ideas, hand-out materials and the “Ready NY” video playing to NYSPI staff, educating them of the importance being prepared both at work and at home and encouraging them to take the necessary steps to be prepared.

New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) is a New York State Office of Mental Health facility located at the Columbia University Medical Center in upper Manhattan. NYSPI is a healthcare facility accredited by The Joint Commission, which requires every hospital to have an Emergency Management Program in order to meet accreditation standards. Extensive training of the NYSPI staff about Emergency Management is an essential part of the program. Our staff is our most valuable resource and they must be prepared to deal with any type of emergency event both at the work place and at home. NYSPI is committed and proud to be involved in the NYC OEM’s Partners in Preparedeness program Be Safe!

May 2012 Featured Partner: PVH Corp.
PVH Corp. (PVH) is one of the largest global apparel companies with a diverse portfolio of brands including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, and Bass.  PVH has taken many steps to prepared their employees including creating an entire area dedicated on the company intranet to business continuity information and preparedness resources. The page made top 10 pages viewed with 720 hits in the month of February as a result of news postings driving traffic to the page, which included OEM tips and links. Additionally, PVH requires all new hires to attend a mandatory orientation. The orientation program includes information on preparedness in the New Hires binders.

PVH proudly displays the Partners in Preparedness seal on the company site to show PVH's commitment to emergency preparedness.  Raychel Oshea-Patino is the Business Continuity Program Manager for PVH Corp and a member of the ACP New York Metro Chapter.

April 2012 Featured Partner: Shearman & Sterling LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP, a leading international law firm with 20 offices worldwide, has formed the Shearman Watch/Action Team (SWAT) to support its global, local and personal preparedness efforts.  Operating out of New York, where the firm's largest office is located, SWAT includes representatives who serve as "first responders" from a variety of functions within the firm, including administrative services, communications, facilities, human resources, real estate, technology and telecommunications.  In New York City, SWAT partners with the OEM and with other law firms to prepare for, monitor and respond to emergency situations.

February/March 2012 Featured Partner: St. John's University
The St. John's University men's basketball team helped highlight emergency preparedness at two games this year, first at Carnessecca Arena against St. Francis College on November 22, and again at Madison Square Garden against West Virginia University on January 15. St. John's fans received emergency preparedness guides and some lucky fans won special preparedness giveaways.

St. John's Director of Athletics Chris Monasch also joined OEM Commissioner Bruno in a public service announcement (PSA) to encourage New Yorkers to prepare for emergencies. The PSA debuted on the big screen at the Garden during halftime of the January 15 game against West Virginia.
Check out the video on YouTube

January 2012 Featured Partner: Bank of New York Mellon
Working with the Office of Emergency Management, BNY Mellon, a global financial services company and the oldest U.S. bank, set up tables to distribute emergency preparedness information at one of its downtown locations on September 20 and 21.

The company gave out safety guidelines about the building to employees and visitors alike and registered people for a chance to win "Go Bags" and other emergency preparedness prizes. In addition, BNY Mellon reprinted and gave away "READY NEW YORK" pamphlets highlighting the company's emergency procedures website to approximately 5,000 people.

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