Be A Buddy Program
The Hunts Point – Longwood Be A Buddy (BaB) program is designed to prepare the community for future climate events through climate health education and community preparedness. The program aims to have local volunteers help those most at-risk residents and educate the community about climate preparedness.
In case of a climate-related emergency, local residents registered to the BaB network will be contacted and assisted by local volunteers from the community.This is an initiative led by THE POINT in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency “COOL NEIGHBORHOODS NYC” program, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Fund for Public Health NY (FDPNY).
WHO SHOULD REGISTER
Who should register to have a BaB Volunteer reach out to them in case of a climate-related emergency?
Anyone who suffers from chronic medical conditions or is on critical life-saving equipment
Anyone who is considered elderly and living alone
Anyone who has a disability or other limitation
Households lacking adequate cooling and/or heating equipment- such as air conditioners
What are health-related risk related to climate change in our community?
Increase risk of cardiovascular and respiratory illness like heart disease and asthma.
Increase risk of mental-health related illness like stress, anxiety and depression
Increase exposure to extreme heat/cold and related illness like hypothermia and heat strokes.
Affect or Worsen existing chronic medical conditions
HOW BAB CAN HELP/BENEFITS
Establish a network of local volunteers reaching out and helping local community members most at-risk to climate-related emergencies like heat waves, coastal storms or extreme cold.
Provide and guide at-risk community members to useful resources and services related to climate and community preparedness.
Better prepare the community for future climate events and emergencies through education and awareness
Creates local, social connections among community members
HOW TO GET INVOLVED?
Register to our network if you are an at-risk community member through our online or paper application.
Volunteer as a Be A Buddy to conduct outreach for the program
Share this flyer or information with another community member
Follow us on social media to stay informed and aware of climate-related event
For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 718-542-4139 X156