Senator Kemp Hannon
6th District New York
Uniondale School District Says it's Prepared For An Emergency

Senator Kemp Hannon recently joined with state officials, emergency experts and law enforcement officials to discuss the state of Long Island’s storm emergency preparedness during a roundtable discussion. One of the fourteen panelists was Christine Lopes, a representative of the Uniondale School District and co-chairperson of the district wide Safety Team for Uniondale.

“I would say we feel very prepared to handle an emergency situation, if it was to occur, but we know there is always room to learn and discuss current concerns,” said Lopes. “So the roundtable discussion was a wonderful experience,” Lopes continued.

During a the public roundtable held at Adelphi University, Senator Hannon lead the discussion by questioning the efficiency and effectiveness of response efforts to the March 2010 nor’easter that hammered Long Island.

“With extensive knowledge of our schools and as co-chairperson of the Uniondale committee on safety, Ms. Lopes was an important community voice during the panel discussion,” said Senator Hannon. “I appreciated her participation and her expertise,” Hannon continued.

In addition to discussing the state of emergency preparedness of Long Island schools, the panel also exchanged comments regarding LIPA’s response efforts, Nassau County’s emergency 911 system and Long Island’s current communication, evacuation and sheltering plans.

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