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    In preparation for the possibility of Hurricane Joaquin

    October 2, 2015 - כ' תשרי תשע"ו

    Dear Community Members,

    In preparation for the possibility of Hurricane Joaquin making landfall in our area, I met this afternoon with leaders from the following community organizations: Misaskim, Hatzolah, Chaveirim and Borough Park Shomrim.  The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate our emergency response and to help prepare for the storm.  In the event of an emergency, these are the trusted and vetted community organizations that we will partner with to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being.

    During the meeting, we discussed the following precautionary measures and encourage you to follow them:

    Please secure all loose items outside your homes, especially furniture, tools, and Sukkah huts to prevent injury from flying debris

    Avoid standing water and downed wires.

    Check on elderly, especially those on oxygen tanks that use electricity.

    Avoid standing under large trees that may fall due to high winds.

    We STRONGLY encourage you to shelter in place during this and any storm.

    NYC Emergency Management continues to closely monitor Hurricane Joaquin and has put extensive plans in place to deal with the possible effects of the storm on New York City. The latest National Hurricane Center forecast track has Hurricane Joaquin passing well off the eastern coast of the United States through early next week. The current forecast shows no direct impact to New York City. As a result, NYC Emergency Management is adjusting its emergency plans regarding opening shelters and conducting possible evacuations to match the forecast. NYC Emergency Management will continue to have enhanced staffing in place to respond or preempt any potential impacts. Please continue to monitor Notify NYC and local media for the latest information on the storm’s track, and for the latest forecast, please visit the National Hurricane Center atwww.nhc.noaa.gov and the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/nyc.

    The City is working with the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center to monitor Hurricane Joaquin and plan for possible impacts. For storm updates, please visit www.weather.gov/nyc.

    The Department of Buildings is reminding all builders, contractors, and property owners to secure their construction sites and buildings and prepare for ongoing sustained winds upwards of 30mph with wind gusts in excess of 70mph. For more information regarding buildings and construction sites, please visithttp://on.nyc.gov/1iPvsOY.

    The City encourages the public and visitors to stay informed by signing up for Notify NYC, the City’s official source for emergency information, and identify their hurricane evacuation zone by visiting http://gis.nyc.gov/oem/he/ index.html or calling 311. New Yorkers should take time to review their emergency plans. If you have a disability, access or functional need, make sure your plan addresses your needs. For more information about the City’s preparation operations and actions New Yorkers can take to be prepared at home, please visit http://on.nyc.gov/1L7JuGB.

    Captain Kenneth Quick

    Commanding Officer

    66th Precinct

    5822 16th Avenue

    Brooklyn, NY 11204


    Safety Tip #10

    Hitchhiking is dangerous! Boys, girls, bochurim, teenagers, women - everyone is at serious risk when they enter a vehicle with an unfamiliar driver, no matter how heimish he or she looks. Under no circumstances should it be permitted, no matter what, no matter when, no matter where.

    Safety Tip #9

    When money collectors coming knocking, do not leave them standing at your open doorway while you fish for cash. Lock the door first, and unlock when you return with the money. Do not allow your children to hand over the money either - the collector is a total stranger to you and your family, and it is only prudent to exercise at leat the minimum amount of caution.

    Safety Tip #8

    Teach your children never to talk to strangers. Even if the stranger looks heimish, talks like Bubby or Zeidy, or claims to know them, your child should never answer without you there.  Warn your kids to always run back to you if a stranger approaches. Do not take this lightly: In a tight-knit community like ours, it is very easy for someone to merely dress the part to gain our children’s trust. You can never be too cautious when it comes to the safety of your child.

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