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AMA to Help People in New York Prepare for Emergencies and Disasters like Hurricane Irene

For immediate release:
Aug. 30, 2011

CHICAGO To help people prepare for public health emergencies and disasters like the recent hurricane that hit the East Coast, the American Medical Association (AMA) and three National Disaster Life Support™ (NDLS™) Training Centers in New York will be holding awareness sessions to help citizens become more prepared in crisis situations on September 12, 13 and 14.

“In the wake of Hurricane Irene, we’re reminded that when disaster strikes, communities benefit greatly from having a trained and informed citizenry,” said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D. “CitizenReady sessions encourage people to play a more active role in protecting the safety and health of themselves and their families in emergency situations.”

As part of the AMA CitizenReady® program, the presentations will focus on “personal preparedness,” which includes the importance of having a household disaster plan, critical items to include in an emergency supply and first aid kit, and why specific documents are important to bring in the case of a rapid evacuation. Particular emphasis is placed on having a list of health care and emergency contacts and access to critical health information and medications, especially for those with chronic illnesses. All of the information provided is aimed at helping individuals to be proactive in protecting their safety and health, so that medical resources can be directed to those in greatest need in a disaster or public health emergency.

CitizenReady® is a standardized, national disaster health education program that can help individuals be better prepared in disasters and public health emergencies.  The AMA is providing this program free of charge and is coordinating these awareness sessions with the ten-year remembrance activities of September 11, 2001.

The sessions will be held at various times and locations and food will be provided. There will also be an opportunity for individuals to participate in a follow-up research study to test a Secure Health Information Card. Those who choose to enroll in this research study will be given $20 in appreciation for their participation. For questions regarding this session or the research study, please call (888) 627-5895 or email CitizenReady@ama-assn.org.

Session Information

Session 1: Queens
Monday, September 12
12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Howard Beach Senior Center
156-45 84th St.
Jamaica, NY 11414

Session 2: Manhattan
Tuesday, September 13
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry
Saklad Auditorium, 1st Floor
345 E. 24th Street
New York, NY 10010

Session 3: Nassau County
Wednesday, September 14
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Jewel Quinn SCSC
1260 Meadowbrook Rd.
North Merrick, NY 11566

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Contact:

Shannon O’Brien
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4443
shannonobrien@ama-assn.org

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