Schools and Libraries

October 24, 2013



Cablevision's Power to Learn education initiative and The Weather Channel hosted an event at Long Beach Middle School to kick off "Connect with Weather," a co-branded campaign that engages families and communities to be prepared for severe weather. In conjunction with Cablevision's Power to Learn initiative, the event featured New York State Sen. Dean Skelos and The Weather Channel on-camera meteorologist Paul Goodloe.

Sen. Skelos spoke to the students about the importance of families having an emergency preparedness plan. "Last year, Superstorm Sandy made us realize the importance of being ready for the unexpected and having a family emergency plan in place," said Sen. Skelos. "Having a detailed plan provides peace of mind should an emergency strike. I would like to thank Cablevision's Power to Learn and the Weather Channel for bringing this event to students here on Long Island."

Students watched a video from The Weather Channel, and the American Red Cross and participated in a weather-ready question-and-answer session with Mr. Goodloe. At the end of the presentation, students received a booklet outlining storm preparedness tips. Four lucky winners received a storm preparedness kit.

Long Beach High School students also played a role in the day's events. Senior Hannah Piazza conducted an interview about storm preparedness with Sen. Skelos. The segment will appear on Cablevision's Neighborhood Journal on Dec. 13. High school students also videotaped the event, and will create a short video that will be posted on www.lbeach.org, and also on the high school newspaper website, longbeachtide.wordpress.com. 

            Cablevision Vice President of Public Affairs Jennifer Ostrager noted, "As the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, we reflect on the devastation the storm and its aftermath had on the community of Long Beach as well communities throughout the tri-state area. Cablevision is committed to helping families stay safe and informed during severe weather occurrences and we are pleased to partner with The Weather Channel to bring this important program to Long Beach Middle School."

For more information about Connect with Weather, visit www.connectwithweather.com/cablevision. To view a short video clip of the Long Beach event, visit powertolearn.com/weather/longbeach/index.shtml#.