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September is National Preparedness Month. As New Yorkers, we have experienced and learned that New York City is vulnerable to all types of disasters both natural and man-made. These disasters can impact the campus in profound ways.

To support Hostos’ commitment to emergency preparedness, CUNY and Hostos have joined the New York City Emergency Management’s Partners in Preparedness (PIP) Program, which helps organizations prepare their employees, services, and facilities for disasters. To learn more about this program, please visit the PIP website here.

 Some ways in which you can participate this year are:
 • Signing up for Notify NYC, the City’s free, real-time emergency notification system and make sure your info is up to date for CUNY Alert
 • Create a Family Emergency Plan. This workbook guides you and your family through establishing a support network, capturing important health information, evacuation planning, and gathering emergency supplies.
 • Create a work “go bag.” Click here to learn more about what supplies should be included in a Go Bag.
 • Check out the Know Your Zone website for everything you need to know about hurricanes in New York City. You'll find information about the city's hurricane evacuation zones, the hazards you may face from a hurricane, and what to do to prepare.

The Public Saftey Department will be hosting Get Ready NYC/Emergency Preparedness Events on campus throughout the Fall Semester. Everyone is encouraged to participate and/or attend these informational events, which
will provide invaluable information to help protect you and your family in the event of a disaster. 

Thomas Rodríguez

In that same vein, Hostos’ Department of Public Safety & Security Services takes being prepared very seriously. Earlier this year, Hostos’ Lieutenant Thomas Rodríguez, was one of 42 Campus Law Enforcement Administrators who completed the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Executive Development Institute Course.

Lieutenant Rodríguez, joins the ranks of several other Campus Law Enforcement Administrators around the country which include the Director of Public Safety at Hostos Community College, Chief Arnaldo Bernabe; a graduate of the 2003 Executive Development Institute; Class of 2003.

About the Executive Development Institute (EDI)
The EDI is a program sponsored by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators to train current and newly appointed campus public safety executives on law enforcement leadership and management topics pertaining to a campus environment.  The target audience is campus public safety managers with the following titles: Chief of Police, Director of Public Safety, Director of Security, and Command personnel such as Captain, Lieutenant or Assistant Director. The majority of law enforcement training resources and organizational attention is primarily directed to recruits, and then to supervisory, specialty and in-service training. 

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique Student Success Coaching Unit provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.