Educating New Yorkers on Disaster Preparedness

A small task such as making a go-bag can mean the difference between life or death in an emergency.  The Emergency Preparedness Speakers Bureau (EPSB) coordinates volunteers who are 55 and over to conduct presentations throughout New York City on how best to prepare for an emergency. In partnership with the American Red Cross, RSVP trains EPSB volunteers on many aspects of disaster preparedness:

  • Hazards, such as extreme weather conditions, fires, utility disruptions, and health emergencies
  • When, how, and where to evacuate
  • How to prepare an emergency Go Bag before disaster strikes
  • How to stay connected with loved ones during an emergency

Join our fast growing list of organizations receiving presentations.  Some of the agencies that have benefited from EPSB presentations include:

  • Police Athletic League - Webster Center
  • Mary Manning Walsh Home-Volunteer Assn Annual Mtg.
  • Central Harlem Senior Center
  • Rochdale Village Social Services- NORC Program
  • YWCA-NYC-Women’s Workforce Program
  • Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum
  • GRIOT Circle Inc.
  • Coney Island Hospital
  • Harlem Hospital-Family Friends Program
  • Bronx Library Center
  • Brooklyn LINK Services
  • Grace Institute
  • City Meals on Wheels
  • Rosehill Apartments
  • Kew Gardens Community Center
  • HANAC Ravenwood NORC

To find out more about how you can be a part of EPSB, please contact Bobbie Futrell at or (212) 614-5386.  To volunteer, public speaking experience is preferred, but not required. 

If you would like to host an EPSB presentation at your organization, please complete this form.

The Emergency Preparedness Speakers Bureau is part of our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  RSVP is a nationally-acclaimed program that enlists adults ages 55 and older to strengthen their communities by serving as volunteers.



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