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Red Cross Preparedness Talk Sparks Con Edison Employee Interest

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Preparedness is critical to making an emergency response a success.

In his role as Con Edison’s vice president of emergency management, Carlos Torres, who is also a member of the American Red Cross Greater New York Region’s board of directors, is a passionate advocate of emergency preparedness. Torres constantly emphasizes to employees that “Preparedness is a critical element in making an emergency response a success.”

It should therefore come as no surprise that, on Sept. 17, in recognition of September being National Preparedness Month, Con Edison’s Emergency Management department hosted an in-house seminar and invited the Greater New York Red Cross to talk about the Red Cross mission, resources, response operations, and, most urgently, the importance of preparing for emergencies by getting a kit, making a plan and being informed.

Dario Diaz, Greater New York director of logistics and mass care, gave the presentation before a sizable audience—approximately 200 employees—at Con Edison headquarters in Manhattan. To reach employees in other parts of Con Edison’s service territory, the talk was simulcast to Con Edison’s Learning Center in Long Island City, its Westchester headquarters in Rye, and its service center in Spring Valley (to accommodate employees in its Orange and Rockland subsidiary. Other Red Cross staff members were present at the satellite sites to answer questions those audiences might have.

Following Diaz’s talk, an insurance expert spoke on the role played by insurance companies in disasters. Representatives from regional Offices of Emergency Management then conducted a workshop on preparing a personal emergency preparedness plan.

The Red Cross presentation has now been posted on Con Edison’s internal website, where it is available to all 14,400 Con Edison and Orange and Rockland employees.

Torres has said to company employees: “If you’re like me, you have plenty of things on your home ‘to do’ list that you intend to take care of as soon as you have the time. In today’s busy world, finding that extra time is not easy. But at the top of all our lists should be making sure we and our families are prepared for an emergency.”

Torres thanked Diaz, as well as Red Crossers Denise Bloise, Andrew Sindell, Larry Krantz, Brian Gerber , Charles Wells, Arti Bonagura and Nanci Hodash for their participation in the seminar.