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ABCS OF EMERGENCIES
Students from Great South Bay YMCA participate in a BeReadyLI Children’s Workshop, presented by United Way of Long Island in partnership with PSEG Long Island.
BY SHERYL NANCE-NASH
It’s never too early to start preparing for worst-case scenarios.
Since 2016, some 30,000 preschoolers through second graders have participated
in the BeReadyLI Children’s Workshop, which teaches kids how to prepare for
emergencies. Through funding provided by the PSEG Foundation, United Way of
Long Island, PSEG Long Island and 2-1-1 Long Island joined forces to create the
program and BeReadyLI website.
“PSEG Long Island wants to be sure that the younger people in the community know
how to handle emergency situations that could affect Long Island and giving them
something to do helps keep them calm,” says Jackie D’Anneo, a BeReadyLI educator
who recently ran a workshop in Glen Cove. “We use fun tools like Sesame Street to
teach the kids how to identify people around them who can help them and just teach
the kids important tools they can use in these situations.”
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BEREADYLI TRAINS KIDS TO PREPARE FOR WORSE-CASE SCENARIOS