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P.S. 151 in Brooklyn Receives Office of Emergency Management Ready School of the Year Award

June 14, 2013


P.S. 151 Class K-110 "Knows that Preparation is in the Bag!"

More than 64,000 Students Across the Five Boroughs Trained Through Ready Schools Emergency Preparedness Program

June 14, 2013 — Recognizing the importance of teaching New Yorkers of all ages to prepare for emergencies, the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Department of Education (DOE) today presented the Ready School of the Year Award to Principal Maria Anaya at P.S. 151, the Lyndon B. Johnson School, in Brooklyn for its outstanding commitment to preparedness education. Kindergarten class K-110 took it upon themselves to create an Emergency Preparedness book illustrating the importance of assembling a ‘Stay at Home Kit’ and packing a ‘Go Bag’ ahead of an emergency. This year more than 22,000 students across the five boroughs have received emergency preparedness training through the Ready Schools program. OEM Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno was joined by Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm.

"Under the leadership of Principal Anaya, P.S. 151 students became exemplary preparers this year and helped their families become official Ready New Yorkers," said Commissioner Bruno. "P.S. 151 teachers and staff demonstrate unequaled enthusiasm in ensuring that students are better prepared for whatever lies ahead. For their outstanding commitment to emergency preparedness, OEM is proud to honor the students, faculty, and staff of P.S. 151 with the 2013 Ready School of the Year Award."

"Principal Anaya and the students and faculty of P.S. 151 are models for other schools when it comes to emergency preparedness," said Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm. "This year alone, more than 22,000 students across all five boroughs have been trained through the Ready Schools program which will greatly benefit schools and their surrounding communities. Thank you to Commissioner Bruno and the Office of Emergency Management staff for helping make sure our schools and students know what to do in case of an emergency."

During the 2012-2013 school year OEM’s Ready New York program completed 139 events in 50 schools throughout the five boroughs and trained more than 22,000 students in preparedness.

About the Ready Schools Initiative

During fall 2007, Mayor Bloomberg, OEM and DOE launched the Ready New York for Kids preparedness program by distributing 1.1 million Ready New York for Kids guides to the City’s public school children along with classroom handouts for teachers. In 2008, OEM and DOE created a curriculum to educate children and teens on the importance of preparedness, making a plan with their families, and gathering emergency supplies, like stay-at-home kits and Go Bags. Most importantly, children were encouraged to bring this information home to share it with their families.

In spring 2009, OEM and DOE expanded the initiative, introducing a pilot program to teach the lessons from Ready New York for Kids in schools. After a successful pilot program in Brooklyn, OEM and DOE launched Ready Schools in all five boroughs at the start of the 2009-2010 school year. Since the program was introduced in 2009, OEM staff and volunteers have visited 206 schools, conducted 475 workshops and assemblies, and trained 64,612 students.

Ready Schools focuses on three key messages:

  • Get Ready: Make a Plan – Have at least two phone numbers – one local and one out-of- state number – you can call in an emergency and practice the plan with adults in your home.
  • Get Set: Prepare a Stay at Home Kit – During emergencies that require you to stay at home, have extra food and water for all family members and a battery-operated radio for news updates.
  • Get Ready to Go: Pack a Go Bag – During emergencies that require you to leave your home, have a Go Bag with emergency supplies.
Ready Schools and Ready New York for Kids are part of OEM’s Ready New York emergency preparedness program. Launched in 2003, the Ready New York program includes 11 multilingual publications, video content, an advertising campaign, interactive web content, a speakers’ bureau, and extensive community outreach. Ready New York guides are available in up to 23 languages and in Braille and on audio tape.

For more information about the Ready Schools initiative, search "Ready New York" at or call 311.

Christopher Miller/Nancy Greco (OEM)                      (718) 422-4888
Erin Hughes (DOE)                                                  (212) 374-5141


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