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September 04 2013

HOPE Coalition America Helps FEMA kick-off National Preparedness Month in Staten Island


 Operation HOPE’s financial disaster and preparedness division, maximizes opportunity to get families ready for emergencies and disaster


Staten Island, NY – September 4, 2013 — HOPE Coalition America (HCA) Small Business Program Manager Louis Prezeau, Jr. joined NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate and FEMA Region 2 Acting Administrator MaryAnn Tierney today, to kick off National Preparedness Month at the Staten Island Children’s Museum. This year’s campaign focuses on bringing awareness to families and children.

"FEMA is pleased to be working again with the City of New York as we mark the tenth annual National Preparedness Month and launch these new, localized preparedness public service announcements," said Craig Fugate, Administrator of the FEMA. "Educating and engaging youth is an integral step in preparing the nation for all hazards. Youth have a unique ability to influence their friends and families to be more resilient, and children can play an important role in disaster preparedness, before, during and after a crisis."

More than 1,000 children attended the National Preparedness Kickoff event at the Staten Island Children’s Museum. OEM sponsored the free admission day. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, FDNY, NYPD, U.S. Coast Guard, Staten Island University Hospital, and the Staten Island Community Emergency Response Team participated in the event. Target, Inc. sponsored a "Make Your Own Go Bag" station, where children learned about the items they should include in their Go Bag. Each child received the Go Bag that they made.

“Today Operation HOPE highlighted the EFFAK, a user friendly, fill-in-the-blank document, available through HCA online at or toll-free at 800-480-2520. The document is promoted as free consumer resource during the month of September,” said Prezeau. “It is a great floor plan for families to start their emergency plan. The best time to get prepared for an emergency or disaster is when the sun is shining.”    

Ad Council CEO Peggy Conlon, Staten Island Children’s Museum Executive Director Dina R. Rosenthal, and Staten Island Port Richmond Community Emergency Response Team Chief John Tidona also participated in the day’s activities.

National Preparedness month is held each September, throughout the month HCA, Operation HOPE’s financial disaster recovery and preparedness division, will join national partners FEMA, the Ready Campaign, and Citizen Corps in various activities around the country to share important tips on how to prepare for emergencies in businesses, homes, and communities.

Pictured: FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and HCA Program Manager Louis Prezeau.