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NU Offering Free Disaster Preparedness Workshop to Niagara County Residents

April 11, 2012 by Michael J. Freedman

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Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University is holding a workshop aimed at helping individuals and their families prepare for disaster situations.

“Preparing Makes Sense,” sponsored by the Countryside Community Neighborhood Watch (CCNW), will take place Wednesday, April 18, 2012, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Newfane Community Center, 2737 Main Street in Newfane. The event is free to citizens of Niagara County ages 16 and older. 

Workshop attendees will learn what items are essential to include in an emergency supply kit, how to make a family communication plan and be introduced to Map Your Neighborhood (MYN), a program developed by Washington State Emergency Management. MYN contends that neighborhoods that are prepared for emergencies and disaster situations have a better chance of saving residents’ lives, and reducing the severity of injuries and property damage. It has been found that neighborhoods working together develop stronger communities and improve the quality of life.

Attendees who register online by April 13 at www.niagara.edu/workshop will be entered into a special drawing. In addition, each person in attendance will receive a free gift.

For more information, contact Valerie Haseley, Niagara County project coordinator, at 716.205.0076 or vhaseley@niagara.edu.

The mission of Border Community SERVICE (Special Emergency Response Volunteer Initiative for Community Empowerment) of Niagara University is to provide emergency preparedness training to citizens and to encourage their participation in opportunities that enhance regional emergency readiness.

The mission of CCNW is to engage adults and youth throughout the Town of Newfane to make their neighborhoods safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to threats of crime, social disorder, terrorism, public safety and health issues and disasters of all kinds.

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