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Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus Nursing Students To Talk about Community Disaster-Preparedness, December 11

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Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
718-488-4137

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Nursing students in their senior year at the School of Nursing at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus will talk to area residents about how to prepare for an emergency in their community.

Members of the community are invited to drop by the Campus’s Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn B'32 Academic Nursing Center on Friday, December 11, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Students will meet with area residents on a one-on-one basis to provide disaster-preparedness education and a checklist to take home with them. The Brooklyn Campus is located in downtown Brooklyn on the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush avenues.

“I don’t think everyone knows how to be prepared at a moment’s notice in a crisis, but given the post 9/11 world, we believe everybody should be prepared,” said Donna Brennan, assistant professor of nursing at the Campus, adding, “We are packaging the information and individualizing it to meet the particular needs of our community.”

Students will answer questions about community resources available during an emergency. Among the items discussed will be what to do with pets in case residents have to go to a shelter; media outlets to listen to; what to do in case of an electrical outage; necessary supplies such as bottled water, flashlights and batteries, to have on hand; plans police and firemen have in place; how the Red Cross interfaces with other agencies; and how would residents of Brooklyn be evacuated and what should they bring with them.

Based on research of the recommendations by major disaster organizations, students have developed a checklist for the local Brooklyn community to take away with them. At the end of the session, community participants will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire to evaluate the effectiveness of students’ teaching.

Since 1955, the Brooklyn Campus School of Nursing has been a leader in educating nurses across the New York metropolitan area. The School operates the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn B'32 Academic Nursing Center, which provides a broad variety of health care services to the uninsured and the underinsured residents of the surrounding communities.

For more information, call (718) 488-1281.

Posted 11/25/2009

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