Next NYSUT chat: Does your union have a disaster or crisis response plan?

It’s been nearly a month since the deluge from Irene and Lee – and more than a month since our first #nysutchat on Twitter.

So the topic for our September tweetup: Does your union have a disaster or crisis response plan? for the union? for members? for the community?

It starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Remember to use the hashtag #nysutchat to be part of the conversation.

Here are some things to think about:

Union disaster or crisis plans: I know several locals that have gone through a fire or a flood at union offices and am contacting those I know to get their tips and strategies about how to cope and how to recover and what plans they put in place.

Small-scale disaster or crisis: What about when a fire, or tornado strikes a school building, or just one neighborhood. What about when a group of members have a specific crisis? Considering the economic times, layoffs certainly qualifies. Have you developed plans to help one group? Have you encountered unforeseen impacts on other groups then? Did you learn something you should have considered? Did you find new resources to help?

Wide-scale disasters: Our state has 30 counties recently designated as disaster areas. There are agencies trained in disaster relief, but what about when they can’t get to the area? That was the case in Johnson City, when the American Red Cross could not get to a designated shelter site where over 400 people were left stranded by rising floodwaters.

What about after the waters recede, and the agencies go away but the need remains?  One quote in the Albany Times-Union estimated it will take the community a decade to recover. What can/should unions do? What did your union/members do? What projects have you undertaken in the days and weeks since the flooding disaster?

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  1. Don Carlisto September 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    #nysutchat is a great way for NYSUT members to connect with each other. I hope we have many join us on Sunday at 7PM to discuss this important topic.

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