Best Friends Animal Society Helps Homeless Cats And Dogs Weather The Storm

Best Friends Animal Society Helps Homeless Cats And Dogs Weather The Storm


>>>GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF “METROFOCUS,” I’M JACK FORD. THE IMPACT OF SUPER STORM SANDY ON OUR REGION CAN STILL BE FELT TODAY. ACCORDING TO THE CITY, THE STORM INFLICTED AN ESTIMATED $19 BILLION IN DAMAGES. THE RECOVERY HAS BEEN LONG AND DIFFICULT AND MANY CHOSE TO ME RATHER THAN TO ATTEMPT AND REBUILD. IN THE AFTER MATH, OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON RESILIENCY MATTERS MAKING SURE WHEN THE NEXT BIG STORM HITS, NEW YORK IS PREPARED. NEW YORK CITY IN PARTICULAR IS HIGHLY EXPOSED TO THE IMPACT OF SUPER STORMS WITH OVER 520 MILES OF COASTLINE, THE NEED TO IMPLEMENT MASSIVE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST COASTAL FLOODING IS INDEED URGENT. NEW YORK STATE’S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES WORKS YEAR AROUND TO MAKE SURE ITS CITIZENS KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO WHEN THE NEXT MAJOR STORM HITS.>>Reporter: PAT MURPHY WAS SERVING AS COMMANDER OF THE NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD DURING HURRICANE SANDY. HE OVERSAW 16,000 ARMY AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS AS THEY DISTRIBUTED FOOD AND WATER, HELPED CLEAR RUBBLE, AND CONDUCTED DOOR TO DOOR WELLNESS CHECKS IN HARD HIT NEIGHBORHOODS.>>WE HAD ALREADY GONE THROUGH A CLOSE CALL PREVIOUS TO THAT WITH LEE AND IRENE WHICH HAD BEEN STORMS THAT HAD DROPPED A LOT OF WATER ON NEW YORK STATE. SO, FROM THAT, SOME PEOPLE PICKED UP THE QUEUE AND BECAME MORE PREPARED. OTHERS DID NOT SEE THE THREAT OF THE POTENTIAL DISASTER THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN AND COULD HAVE BEEN MORE PREPARED.>>MURPHY IS NOW THE COMMISSIONER OF NEW YORK STATE’S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, AND HE AND HIS TEAM WORK HARD TO ENSURE THAT THE STATEMENT GOVERNMENT IS PREPARED FOR THE NEXT NATURAL DISASTER AND THAT THE PUBLIC IS TOO.>>THAT’S REALLY WHERE IT STARTS IS WITH INDIVIDUAL PREPAREDNESS. HOW TO YOU GET YOURSELF READY FOR A POTENTIAL NATURAL DISASTER THAT COULD LEAVE YOU WITHOUT POWER, THAT COULD LEAVE YOU ISOLATED FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME? AND THEN BEYOND THAT, HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOUR FAMILY FOR THE EMERGENCY?>>Reporter: MURPHY SAYS PREPARATION STARTS WITH DEVELOPING AN EMERGENCY PLAN.>>AN EMERGENCY PLAN FOR A FAMILY OR JUST A PLAN TO START WITH IS HAVING A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHERE YOU MIGHT MEET, WHAT KINDS OF THINGS MIGHT HAPPEN TO YOU, HOW DO YOU MAKE CONTACT WITH OTHERS SHOULD YOU BECOME ISOLATED, AND JUST WHAT RESOURCES YOU MIGHT NEED IN THAT EMERGENCY.>>Reporter: MAKE SURE YOUR HOME IS STOCKED WITH EVERYTHING NEEDED TO GET THROUGH A PERIOD OF NO ELECTRICITY OR CLEAN WATER. IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A GO KIT TOO. MURPHY REMINDS THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO STAY IN THEIR HOMES TO RIDE OUT THE STORM IF THEY’RE IN A POTENTIALLY AFFECTED AREA.>>DURING THE EMERGENCY ITSELF, THERE’S REALLY TWO THINGS YOU’RE GOING TO DO. YOU’RE EITHER GOING TO SHELTER IN PLACE OR SHELTER IN AN AREA THAT’S SAFE FROM WHATEVER THE NATURAL DISASTER MIGHT BE, OR YOU’RE GOING TO EVACUAE. SOMEONE’S GOING TO MAKE A DECISION MOST LIKELY FOR YOU TO EVACUATE BASED ON A GREATER LEVEL OF INFORMATION, A GREATER LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE THAN YOU WOULD HAVE OF THE AREA AND WHAT POTENTIALLY COULD HAPPEN.>>Reporter: TO SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT EMERGENCY PLANNING AFTER HURRICANE SANDY, GOVERNOR CUOMO LAUNCHED A STATE-WIDE TRAINING PROGRAM THROUGH THE NATIONAL GUARD CALLED THE CITIZENS PREPAREDNESS CORE. IT’S THERE TO FURTHER DEVELOP INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY PREPAREDNESS FOR FUTURE NATURAL DISASTERS.>>SO, WE HAVE A REGULARLY SCHEDULED AND ON-NEED SCHEDULED TRAINING EVENTS THAT WE DO FOR COMMUNITIES, FOR INDIVIDUALS, THAT THEY CAN COME, SIT THROUGH, AND LEARN ABOUT HOW TO BE PREPARED THEMSELVES.>>WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THESE GO KITS, EVERYONE’S GOING TO HAVE DIFFERENT NEEDS. SOME PEOPLE HAVE SMALL IRN WHICH. SOME SOME PEOPLE ARE TAKING CARE OF GRANDMA, SO PEOPLES’ KITS ARE DIFFERENT.>>Reporter: U.S. AIR NATIONAL GUARD IRK CONTRERAS LEADS A SESSION FOR THE PUBLIC. PARTICIPANTS ASK QUESTIONS, TAKE NOTES, AND WALK AWAY WITH COMPLIMENTARY STARTER GO KITS.>>IF YOU’RE STOCKING UP ON SUPPLIES, WE RECOMMEND YOU DO SEVEN TO TEN DAYS WORTH OF SUPPLIES. THAT’S FOOD, WATER, MEDICATION.>>Reporter: THE SEMINAR EXTENDS FAR BEYOND STOCKING UP FOR STORMS.>>CALL ANYBODY OR REMEMBER PHONE NUMBERS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT AS EL.>>Reporter: SAGT CONTRERAS URGES ATTENDEES TO LEARN THE BASICS OF FIRST AID, HAVE CLOSED TOE BOOTS AT THE READY, THINK ABOUT THEIR PETS’ NEEDS, AND CENTRALIZE IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS INTO A FIRE RESISTANT CASE.>>IT’S A LOT OF GEE WHIZ INFORMATION THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN’T KNOW. I LIKE TEACHING THAT STUFF WHEN IT COMES TO THESE DISASTERS. NOT A LOT OF OPEOPLE KNOW WHAT TO DO SO IT’S REWARDING FOR ME.>>GO THROUGH THESE KITS AT LEAST EVERY FOUR TO SIX MONTHS TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING THAT MIGHT BE EXPIRING GETS THROWN OUT, REPLENISHED.>>Reporter: NEW YORK CITY FACES ITS OWN UNIQUE CHALLENGES DURING A NATURAL DISASTER. DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR NEW YORK CITY WORKS FOR PREPAREDNESS ON THE SEASIDE. THE HURRICANE SEASON IS LONG, JUNE 1st THROUGH NOVEMBER 30th, AND THE NUMBER OF RESIDENTS IN COASTAL EVACUATION ZONES IS HIGH.>>THERE ARE ABOUT 3 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE CITY THAT LIVE IN AN HURRICANE EVACUATION ZONE. IF YOU LIVE ON CONEY ISLAND OR BRIGHTON BEACH OR HOWARD BEACH, YOU HAVE A GOOD SENSE EVEN BEFORE SANDY THAT YOU LIVE IN A COASTAL STORM EVACUATION ZONE. THERE ARE OTHER LOCATIONS YOU MIGHT NOT BE AS CLOSE TO THE WATER, BUT THE WAY THE STORM SURGE HITS, THE TOPOGRAPHY, THE WAY YOU MIGHT BE CUT OFF DURING A STORM, YOU MIGHT BE IN A COASTAL EVACUATION STORM AND NOT REALIZE IT.>>Reporter: NEW YORK CITY’S OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WORKS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE FLOOD PRONE ZONES THROUGH HUNDREDS OF PRESENTATIONS EACH YEAR AS WELL AS SIGNAGE THAT POINTS PASSERS BY TO HIGHER GROUND AND PSAs.>>FIRST OF ALL, KNOW IF YOU’RE IN A ZONE. THE CITY HAS SIX ZONES. WE HAD THREE SANDY AND AFTERWARDS IT WAS EXPANDED. YOU CAN GO TO NYC.GOV/KNOWYOURZONE. YOU CAN CALL 311 AND THE OPERATORS WILL LOOK UP YOUR ADDRESS FOR YOU AND LET YOU KNOW.>>Reporter: ONCE RESIDENTS KNOW IF THEY LIVE IN AN EVACUATION ZONE, THE NEXT STEP IS TO FORMULATE AN EVACUATION PLAN.>>MAKING A PLAN, IT CAN SOUND SCARY, IT CAN SOUND OVERWHELMING, BUT IT’S NOT. THE GOOD NEWS IN NEW YORK CITY IS PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TO TRAVEL 90 MILES TO GET OUT OF A HURRICANE EVACUATION ZONE LIKE IN THE SOUTHEAST. YOU MAY HAVE TO GO A FEW BLOCKS OR MILES. SO, IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY, THAT’S PREFERABLE. YOU’RE GOING TO BE MORE COMFORTABLE. IT’S GOING TO BE LESS UPROOTING. BUT IF YOU DON’T HAVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OR YOU NEED A PLACE TO STAY, THE CITY OPENS EVACUATION CENTERS. WE OPEN ABOUT 60 OF THEM. WE CAN SHELTER 70,000 PEOPLE UP TO 70 DAYS, JUST THE CITY.>>Reporter: THE THIRD STEP IS TO STAY INFORMED.>>THE SYSTEM IS NOTIFY NYC. YOU CAN SIGN UP. YOU CAN GO TO NYC.GOV. IT’S FREE. IT WILL GIVE YOU REAL TIME INFORMATION AS A PHONE CALL. IT WILL GO TO LAND LINES FOR PEOPLE THAT PREFER THEIR LAND LINE. YOU CAN GET IT ON YOUR CELL PHONE. YOU CAN GET TEXT OR EMAIL. YOU CAN FOLLOW IT ON TWITTER OR WE HAVE AN APP.>>Reporter: CHERYL SAYS RESIDENTS SHOULD BE AWARE OF CITY-SPECIFIC CONCERNS TOO LIKE GETTING STUCK IN A HIGH-RISE WHEN ELEVATORS CAN’T OPERATE OR BEING RELIANT ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION THAT STOPS RUNNING IN SEVERE RUNNING.>>THAT’S WHY WHEN WE ASK PEOPLE TO EVACUATE WE SET IT UP A COUPLE OF DAYS IN ADVANCE. HOPEFULLY WHEN PEOPLE EVACUATE, THE STORM WON’T BE CLOSE TO US. THE WEATHER SEEMS NICE POSSIBLY IF IT’S THE SUMMER. THAT’S THE TIME TO LEAVE. COMMUTING AROUND THE CITY CAN BE CHALLENGING ANYWAY. YOU DON’T WANT TO WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.>>Reporter: OF COURSE THERE WILL ALWAYS BE THOSE THAT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE OR AREN’T PREPARED. COMMISSIONER MURPHY SAYS AFTER TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY, HELPING NEIGHBORS IN THE COMMUNITY SHOULD ALSO BE PART OF THE PLAN.>>THE GOOD NEWS FOR NEW YORKERS IS WE’VE HAD TREMENDOUS SUCCESS WITH NEIGHBORS TAKING CARE OF NEIGHBORS AND MAKING SURE THAT THE MOST VULNERABLE ARE PROVIDED HELP.>>Reporter: IN NEW YORK CITY, I’M MADDIE.>>MADDIE WILL BE BACK LATER WITH DETAILS ABOUT YOUR PETS

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