"One of the most important parts of that team is the public. The more prepared the public is now, by getting an emergency response kit, making an emergency action plan, and getting a skill, like CPR, the stronger our emergency response team will be."
The Web video message can be found at: http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=49226.
An anonymous e-mail was forwarded to The Spotlight after power was lost in the Selkirk area due to extreme thunderstorms on Friday, Aug. 21 citing concerns about seniors in the area. The e-mail was sent to Cunningham about the matter asking why more people were not being checked on.
Cunningham replied to the message the next day stating he understand the concerns and asked for the person's help.
"The Town of Bethlehem maintains a list of residents who have identified themselves to us as 'at risk.' When we experience emergencies such as power outages, we contact those individuals who are on our list to ensure their safety," he wrote.
"We are also working with other communities and Albany County to establish a Citizens Corp of residents who will make themselves available to assist during an emergency."
There is no charge to attend the Tuesday, Sept. 22, event and refreshments will be served by the town. For more information contact our the town's Emergency Management Office, 439-4955, ext. 1166. ""