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In the event of a major disaster, neighbors helping neighbors will be how we survive until help comes from the outside. Recent media reports have documented how, after a major earthquake, this could take up to two weeks, so we all need to plan how to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. The Brooklyn Action Corps program designed to prepare Brooklyn block by block is now underway!
From now through December 2016, BAC is offering a series of two 90-minute discussion sessions led by trained presenters, to help you and your neighbors get ready together for earthquakes and other disasters. You can help by volunteering to host your block – or your apartment building, or floor. Don’t have space? Persuade a friendly neighbor to host and help them by organizing the meetings.
To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your address, phone number and which month you would like to host. Then we will contact you with hosting information and neighbor invitations, and schedule a presenter for your block.
The first session will help you think about all the “What ifs” and plan with your household for any emergency. The second session addresses gathering supplies needed to “Go” or “Stay” where you are, in the event of disaster. You and your neighbors will also learn how to plan to help each other effectively after a disaster, and to keep maintaining and improving your block’s preparedness. In the end you will have a plan and be ready for anything!
Trash or Treasure? It’s time to clean house!
Getting to the nearest donation drop-off site, or better yet, the dump, is something that few of us find time to do. Bulky items like old vacuum cleaners, furniture, scrap wood and empty paint cans take up valuable space in our garages and in our homes.
Not only will you feel great about clearing out unwanted stuff, you’ll feel good about the contribution you make to your Brooklyn neighborhood!
Where? 16th & SE Center Mixed Waste: $10-$15 for small pick up loads $20-25 for large loads Yard Debris: $10 (more for large loads) Each vehicle will be quoted a price before unloading.
Accepted: Tires: $5 without rims, $8 with rims
Prohibited Materials: Hazardous waste, all construction, remodeling or demolition materials; kitchen garbage and curbside recyclables
Examples of high risk construction materials suspected of containing asbestos:
- Flooring: vinyl tiles, vinyl sheet, mastic
- Walls: plaster, decorative plaster
- Siding: cement siding shingles “transite”
- Ceilings: acoustical tiles, “popcorn” and spray-on texture
- Insulation: spray-applied, blown-in, vermiculite, pipe, HVAC and lagging
- Electrical: wire insulation, panel partitions
- Other: fire doors, fire brick, fire-proofing
Do you need help getting your stuff there? Call the HelpLine at 503-241-4540. We can help
Volunteers are needed, please call the Brooklyn Help Line now and reserve your time.
Clean up sponsored by METRO and the BAC