By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano hosted an emergency preparedness forum for members of the hearing-impaired community, and others who represent residents who are differently-abled.
Mangano welcomed representatives of the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, to the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage – which houses Nassau’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and its Emergency Operations Command Center (EOC).
OEM officials discussed the County’s response plan to various emergency situations and urged those in attendance to begin preparing “go Kits” and shelter-in-place provisions. Then they gave the guests a tour of the Center.
The issue of employing different means of alerting and communicating with this community was discussed.
When Hurricane Sandy hit our area, County Executive Mangano immediately activated the EOC where over 50 separate agencies came together to coordinate resources and institute a pre-storm lifesaving plan, which included the evacuation of 400,000 residents. The Nassau County Department of Health successfully evacuated 1,400 frail residents from one hospital and six nursing homes.