While people were packing up and shopping for the Thanksgiving Holiday, I was invited to a special press event at the FDNY Shop for a special FDNY press conference to announce “Be Ready Day”. Since this time of year not only kicks off cooking marathons, it is also the time to get prepared for the winter weather season. Through increased awareness, communities are reminded of the importance of life-saving tips, safety steps, and precautions to take action. It was an honor and a privilege to meet AccuWeather Chief Executive Officer Barry Lee Myers, New York Chief of Department James Leonard, FDNY Foundation Chairman Stephen Ruzow, and FDNY Foundation Executive Director Jean O’Shea. Also in attendance a class of very well behaved First Graders from NYC public schools in the Bronx.
During the special press event, we were educated and shown the direct tie between weather and fire safety, as home fires are at their peak during winter months when people use more heating units. However, it is not just about heating units. I couldn’t help but remember the fatal fire that engulfed the Sassoon family home after a hot plate malfunctioned on Shabbat. The blaze trapped the family inside their home as they slept; Elian (16), David (12), Rivka (11), Yehoshua (10), Moshe (8), Sara (6), and Yaakov (5) Sassoon died. The father, Gabriel Sassoon was away for the weekend at a Shabbat program. The only survivors from the fire were the oldest daughter Tziporah, and her mother, Gayle Sassoon.
“AccuWeather proudly supports the FDNY Foundation in a shared life-saving mission that will increase public awareness of fire and weather safety,” said Barry Lee Myers, Chief Executive Officer at AccuWeather. “Together, by helping more people to be prepared, we will save more lives.”
“The cold winter months pose many challenges for our Department, as some New Yorkers may use unsafe means to keep warm, and the harsh elements make the brave work of responding to fires and medical emergencies that much more difficult,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “Fire Safety Education is especially important as the temperature drops, and the efforts of the FDNY Foundation and our great friends at AccuWeather to spread these critical safety messages this winter will surely save lives.”
AccuWeather’s donation of $25,000 to the FDNY Foundation supports safety education, awareness, and outreach initiatives including the foundation-funded Fire Zone, a state-of-the-art fire safety learning center for teachers, parents, and kids located at Rockefeller Center, providing additional resources to make a difference.
“The FDNY Foundation is so proud to partner with AccuWeather to keep New Yorkers safe,” said FDNY Foundation Chairman Stephen Ruzow. “Together, we are preparing New Yorkers for the winter season ahead, making sure they are aware of all of the hazards that the season brings, and helping to make sure they’re taking the necessary precautions to keep themselves safe. Partnerships like these are so critical because they allow us to reach so many people, and we know these educational messages are saving lives across the city.”
Selfie with James E. Leonard as Chief of Department – the highest ranking uniformed position in the FDNY. Thanks @themommyelf for taking this photo!
AccuWeather has also partnered with the FDNY Foundation to educate school children in a special presentation with preparedness plans, safety information tips, and more. Area students will be taken through live, interactive demonstrations at FDNY’s Fire Zone to understand top causes for fires and learn how winter weather plays a contributing role. AccuWeather Network Meteorologist Laura Velasquez will participate in the school tours alongside FDNY Fire Safety Spokesperson Lt. Mancuso, sharing weather safety information and what kids can do to Be Ready.
Safety education and support does not end today. AccuWeather has strengthened its mission of saving lives, protecting property, and helping people prosper, with the launch of AccuWeather Ready — a year-round weather preparedness program that focuses on keeping people safe and informed. Check out this educational moment with the kids :
James E. Leonard as Chief of Department – the highest ranking uniformed position in the FDNY, addresses a group of 1rst Grade children from PS 204 from the Bronx #AccuWeatherReady #BeReady
In addition to 24/7 weather information and updates with Superior Accuracy(tm) on the AccuWeather Network, AccuWeather.com, and AccuWeather mobile apps, the AccuWeather Ready program features new weather preparedness tools including in-app push notifications, personalized weather preparedness plans, tailored emergency kits with detailed shopping lists, educational weather news and videos, an easy-to-use toolkit with actionable safety tips, and more, making AccuWeather the go-to resource that people rely on for winter and year-round weather safety. Learn more at www.AccuWeather.com/Ready.
Disclosure: All opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was invited to participate in a partnership with AccuWeather and they have sponsored this content.