January 27, 2012
was a winner Wednesday night as the Office of Emergency Management
(OEM), St. John’s University and the school’s men’s basketball team
came together at Madison Square Garden for a common cause.
St. John’s honored NYC-OEM Commissioner Joseph Bruno and the
work his department has done in partnering with the University for
Emergency Preparedness initiatives. The presentation to
Commissioner Bruno (a St. John’s alumnus), held during a timeout of
the Red Storm’s 78-62 victory over West Virginia on January 25 at
The World’s Most Famous Arena (photo below), included Martha Hirst,
Senior Vice President for Operations and Treasurer, Tom Lawrence,
Vice President for Public Safety, and Gerard McEnerney, Assistant
Vice President for University Emergency Management at St. John’s
University, and Christina Farrell, Deputy Commissioner for External
Affairs for NYC-OEM.
It was the second such effort to co-promote the “Ready New York”
campaign which gives New Yorkers helpful tips to better prepare for
emergencies big and small – from hurricanes, earthquakes and power
outages to tornadoes, heat waves and blizzards that affect our
“We are thrilled to work with the Office of Emergency Management
and Commissioner Bruno on the Ready New York campaign,” said Gerard
McEnerney, Assistant Vice President for University Emergency
Management at St. John’s. “We plan on a continued partnership with
OEM to address other emergency preparedness initiatives in the near
and distant future.”
“Ready New York” pocket guides were handed out to the more
than 8,000 in attendance at the game. St. John’s is one of a select
group of local elite universities that has partnered with OEM to
champion the cause for a safer and secure New York metropolitan
In addition, a public service announcement debuted last night on
the Garden Vision Scoreboard featuring St. John’s Director of
Athletics, Chris Monasch and Commissioner Bruno.
here to view the PSA.
The PSA will be another communication tool to spread the word
about the campaign to the public and the press throughout the
course of the year.
For more information search Ready New York at NYC.gov or call
Interested media regarding St. John’s partnership with OEM can
contact Dominic Scianna, Assistant Vice President for Media
Relations at St. John’s, by calling 718.990.6185 or e-mail
inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.