2014 – WHCR Emergency Broadcast Team Training

New Training: In 2014, we  are taking what we did last year further, and we need your help. We are starting new training next week on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Our six-week training program covers the following topics: Incident Command Structure (the standard structure for all emergency management), how our Emergency Operations Center functions, how to operate our two-way radios, how to be a Public Information Officer, emergency operations and social media, operating the board at WHCR, and much more.

Right now, we are still offering the training for free, but space is limited.  Please reserve your spot today!

To reserve, email whcrebt@gmail.com with your name, email and phone number, or send us a text at 646-504-2299 with your name, email address and phone number.

TRAINING SCHEDULE
Tues                  Sat
Mar 4th             Mar 8th
Mar 11th           Mar 15th
Mar 18th           Mar 22nd
Mar 25th           Mar 29th
Apr 1st              Apr 5th
Apr 8th              Apr 12th

RECAP: 2013
Thanks to all of you who helped us launch the WHCR Emergency Broadcast Team last year.  We started 2013 in an organizational mode, and we set a goal to create a structure and basic training within 90 days, and we reached that goal.  From there, we trained for our first live deployment, which was during the annual Five Boro Bike Tour.  We continued to train and practice, and along the way, we also produced Harlem’s first Emergency Preparedness Summit, to raise community awareness about how to prepare for disaster. We deployed again during the NYC Marathon. Our efforts culminated in our founder, Wali Abdun Noor receiving the John D. Solomon Award for Excellence from Joseph Bruno, Commissioner of New York City’s Office of Emergency Management.  And this winter, we have deployed our team for two weather events and kept people informed by radio, web site , Twitter and Facebook.

Wali Abdun-Noor Receives CERT John D. Solomon Award

NYC Office of Emergency Management Honors WEBT Founder Wali Abdun-Noor
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On December 16, 2013, Commissioner Joseph Bruno, NYC Office of Emergency Management,  presented Wali Abdun-Noor with the  John D. Solomon NYC CERT Award for Exemplary Service in Emergency Preparedness Education.. The John D. Solomon NYC  Award for Exemplary Service in Emergency Preparedness Education is presented annually to a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member who embodies John’s enthusiasm for volunteerism and purposeful engagement to make their communities better prepared for emergencies. Members of the Solomon family joined Commissioner Bruno in presenting this year’s award to CERT Team Chief Wali Abdun-Noor.

At the same ceremony, WEBT’s Audrey Adams graduated from the CERT Program’s intensive, 10-week training  in disaster preparedness and basic emergency response skills. The CERT graduation and Award ceremony took place at Con Edison headquarters in Manhattan.

 

Winter Storm Watch – February 11 until February 14, 2014

EVENT: WINTER STORM WATCH

WINTER STORM WATCH ISSUED FEBRUARY 11 AT 11:02PM EST UNTIL FEBRUARY 14 AT 6:00AM EST BY NWS NEW YORK CITY – UPTON

…WINTER STORM LIKELY LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT… …WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT…

* LOCATIONS…NEW YORK CITY…ADJACENT PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT…AND WESTERN LONG ISLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW…POSSIBLY MIXING WITH RAIN DURING THE DAY THURSDAY.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 8 INCHES.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST TO NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER 30S.

* VISIBILITIES…ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES.

* TIMING…SNOW DEVELOPS LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT…AND WILL ACCUMULATE BEFORE MIXING WITH AND CHANGING TO RAIN DURING THE DAY THURSDAY. RAIN WILL THEN CHANGE BACK TO SNOW THURSDAY NIGHT WITH ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS BEFORE ENDING.

* IMPACTS…SNOWFALL WILL MAKE TRAVEL TREACHEROUS ON THURSDAY. IN ADDITION…HEAVY…WET SNOW MAY CAUSE SOME WEAK…FLAT ROOF STRUCTURES TO COLLAPSE AND TREES WILL BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO FALLING.

Target Area: Bronx; Kings (Brooklyn); New York (Manhattan); Northern Nassau; Northern Queens; Richmond (Staten Is.); Southern Nassau; Southern Queens; Southern Westchester