Assemblywoman Malliotakis Joins Colleagues, American Red Cross to announce mobile trailers stocked with relief items at College of Staten Island

Assemblywoman Malliotakis and Assemblyman Cusick join the American Red Cross and College of Staten Island to announce placement of mobile trailers filled with supplies for emergency preparedness.

Over the past year, the American Red Cross has been working with community and government partners across the Greater New York region to strengthen its capacity to respond to large-scale disasters. As a result of these collaborations, the Red Cross has placed dozens of mobile trailers stocked with tens of thousands of additional relief items across its region. Today, the College of Staten Island received two trailers to better prepare the community for a future disaster.

The trailers, stocked with critical items including blankets, flashlights, crank radios and cell chargers, as well as cleanup kits, work gloves, shovels, rakes, detergent and tarps, will be mobilized in the event of a large-scale disaster on Staten Island. These new relief items supplement existing disaster relief supplies already strategically placed across Staten Island by the Red Cross.

Assemblywoman Malliotakis and Assemblyman Cusick join the American Red Cross and College of Staten Island to announce placement of mobile trailers filled with supplies for emergency preparedness.

“When dealing with an oncoming natural disaster, one of the primary challenges is identifying a safe and appropriate location to keep emergency supplies like food, water, and medication that won’t be destroyed by the storm,” said Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis. “With sites in the flood zones not suitable for this type of storage, it was important to identify a mid-Island location at higher elevation that would not be affected by a storm surge. This collaboration between the American Red Cross and the College of Staten Island is a concrete step in preparing our community for the worst.”

“These supplies are going to be a cornerstone of Staten Island’s resiliency in the face of future storms,” Council Member Steven Matteo said. “After Sandy, the flow of supplies was slow to start, and the closure of the bridges during the storm itself was a major complicating factor. By having this trailer on Staten Island, the response to the needs of victims will be nearly immediate.”

“I am happy to have worked with the American Red Cross in helping bring new emergency relief trailers to Staten Island,” Assembly Member Michael Cusick said. “I would also like to thank the College of Staten Island for partnering with the Red Cross to provide this much needed resource for future emergencies. Hurricane Sandy showed us the importance of emergency preparedness; these trailers are another step in the right direction for the people of Staten Island in the event of another disaster.”

“Building ties with the residents, elected officials and government agencies of Staten Island in order to provide service and leadership to our community is a keystone of CSI’s mission,” said Dr. William J. Fritz, President of CSI, and renowned geologist at the forefront of providing data-driven decision-making tools to city and state governments who also launched a comprehensive campaign to educate vulnerable populations and the agencies that serve them. “Our students, faculty, and staff played a resounding role in the aftermath of Sandy, and our continued collaborations as we enter into a new era of awareness and preparedness for the next storm is a natural progression of our commitment.”

“Preparedness is critical when it comes to life-threatening disasters such as hurricanes,” said Josh Lockwood, Greater NY Red Cross Region CEO. “It’s important that families and individuals make time to build an emergency kit, create an evacuation plan, and download the Red Cross Hurricane App to help make it through the next storm safely.”

A 2013 survey by the American Red Cross and The Weather Channel found that few Americans living in coastal counties have taken necessary action to prepare for severe tropical storms and hurricanes. Only about half of those surveyed have an evacuation plan or a plan for communicating with family members if they are separated. Nearly a third of people did not have an emergency kit with supplies. Hurricanes are powerful, dangerous storms. They can bring heavy rains that cause major flooding, destructive winds that down power lines, uproot trees and damage homes, and storm surges that travel several miles inland destroying everything in their path.

The Red Cross and Staten Island officials urge everyone to get better prepared for this hurricane season:

- Create an emergency preparedness kit with food, water and other basic supplies for each family member to last at least three days. Remember to include essential medications, copies of important documents and special items for children, the elderly and pets.

- Plan what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency and what to do if you have to evacuate. Coordinate with your child’s school, your work and your community’s emergency plans.

- Be informed about what disasters or emergencies may occur where you live, work, play and pray, as well as how to respond as safely as possible. Find out how local officials will contact you during a disaster and how you will get important information.

- Download any of the Red Cross free disaster-specific mobile apps—particularly the Hurricane and First Aid apps—to get lifesaving preparedness information in the palm of your hand before and during emergencies. Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.