Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category.

HURRICANE JOAQUIN: U.S. East Coast Braces for Heavy Rain, High Winds

 Photo: The Weather Channel

“Extremely dangerous” Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin is moving through the Bahamas, where warnings are in effect for wind, storm surges, rainfall, and surf swells. As of this morning, forecasters do not deem it likely that the storm will make landfall in the United States. However, the U.S. East Coast including New York City is bracing for high winds, heavy rainfall, and flooding, as well as other potential hazards currently being assessed by state officials as the weekend progresses.

 

 Photo: The Weather Channel

In a statement yesterday evening, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated, “While it is still early to predict the path and impact of Hurricane Joaquin, New York City is ready to weather the storm. Our emergency preparedness and resiliency plans are much stronger today than they were during Sandy. More than 30 city agencies are working together and at a high state of alert and readiness (…) Now is the time for New Yorkers to review their emergency plans with their families. We want people to find out whether they live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone and stay informed by signing up for Notify NYC.”

The New York City evacuation map can be viewed here.

South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey have declared states of emergencies in preparation for the effects of the storm. While this information includes the most recent updates on Hurricane Joaquin, UNITED SIKHS urges all East Coast residents to be attentive to their local news updates and aware of extreme weather warnings and watches in their areas.

To track Hurricane Joaquin’s location, visit the National Hurricane Center website. Like UNITED SIKHS on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow our Disaster Watch blog page to stay updated on the progress of Hurricane Joaquin.

UNITED SIKHS Remembers and Prays for the Lives Lost on 9/11/01

The day has come again… the day we never saw coming…the day that changed the nation forever… the day that impacted the lives of everyone who lives in America.

Americans will never forget the tragic event that took place on September 11, 2001. A tragedy that changed the New York Skyline, took innocent lives, and brought America even closer together.

A day of great loss and sorrow has birth a nation’s love, compassion, solidarity and bravery among brothers and sisters of all races.

UNITED SIKHS remembers those innocent lives lost on this unforgettable day. We continue to pray and hold vigils for the departed and their families. UNITED SIKHS is proactively working with the United States Department of Justice to make sure events like this never happen again.

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Hurricane Irene Update: Fema to open State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers in Kings, Queens, Bronx, and Richmond Counties of New York

Sep 22, 2011, New York, NY: Fema to open State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers in Kings, Queens, Bronx, and Richmond Counties of New York.  Attached below is a Press Release released by FEMA which provides this information. These centers, which will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read below for more information- Continue reading ‘Hurricane Irene Update: Fema to open State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers in Kings, Queens, Bronx, and Richmond Counties of New York’ »

Thinking About Volunteering in Haiti? Get Your Vaccinations Now.

Before volunteers leave for Haiti, you should already be up to date on
your regular vaccinations such as MMR, DPT, polio, etc., and at
minimum, get vaccinations for:
Tetanus
Hepatitis A
H1N1

All of these vaccinations are normally available from your State for
FREE, and all you have to do is walk into a clinic.

You also should have malaria prophylactics, and if at all possible
typhoid vaccination, which may or may not be available.

For New York, call the New York City Department of Health and Mental
Hygiene’s Immunization Hotline at (212) 676-2323. They’ll give you
your closest clinic. If you say you’re going to Haiti, they’ll say we
don’t do travel vaccinations. Just tell them clearly that you need
these above, and they should tell you where to go.

And also ReliefWeb’s guidance for relief workers:
http://reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/DKAN-7ZRPHT?OpenDocument

Volunteers Needed:September National Preparedness Month-Message from Homeland Security

homelandsecurity  8th Sept, 2009, New York: Volunteers are needed to inform the members of the community of the National Preparedness efforts by the Homeland Security and how one can participate.  Please call 888-243-1690, if you want to volunteer, in the National Preparedness Month with the Homeland Security.

Message from Homeland Security
“This month, we ask all Americans to visit Ready.gov to learn what they can do to help their families, businesses and communities stay safe during an emergency—whether it be hurricanes like Katrina, the fires we are fighting in California or pandemic influenza.”
 

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United Sikhs appeals for urgent relief aid for displaced Pakistanis

United Sikhs appeals for urgent relief aid for displaced Pakistanis   PDF Print E-mail

NEW YORK, June 27 (APP): A US‑based international organization, United Sikh, has issued an urgent appeal for donations to provide humanitarian relief to Pakistani internally displaced persons from Swat and other adjacent valleys. Continue reading ‘United Sikhs appeals for urgent relief aid for displaced Pakistanis’ »

Sikh Aid: A Guide for Parents on “Flu” by CDC

29th April 2009:  Below is an essential guide recommended for parents by the Center For Disease Control. 
We advise the readers to
1) Print the Guide for Parents and place it in the local Gurdwaras

2) Address the sangat on what this and what precautions need to be taken by parents.

Prabhjit Singh
UNITED SIKHS
Sikh-Aid Coordinator, Southern Region

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Action Alert: Update on Swine Flue

26th April, 2009:  Answers to questions on what, where and how, the Swine Flue impacts us are answered below by the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for Principals. Continue reading ‘Action Alert: Update on Swine Flue’ »