For every organization, change is inevitable in order for it to adapt with the complexities of the times and for it to grow strong. So it holds true for Asian American Council. Our Council is now revitalized and now known as Asian American Congress. During its inception in 1984, we are known as Asian American Advisory Council as its primary role then was to be an advisory body to NY Police Department. In 2000, we adapted to the changes and became Asian American Council since our role was expanded - not only in an advisory role but more in tune with the growing political and civil issues confronting the society. Thus, we became not geographically limited but became “global” in scope as we joined alliances with other international groups and we have chapters even in Central America. As our role is gradually expanding, we decided to adapt once again and to change for the better and, as of August 2016, we are to be known henceforth as the Asian American Congress.
Although we look forward to the future, we are cognizant of our colorful past such that we cannot move forward without the structure and accomplishments we did in the past. We are continuing to be the advocate of the people especially the voice of Asian American communities. We continue to forge ties and alliances with foreign cities and foster international understanding. We believe in peaceful co-existence, amity and friendship. We believe in the rule of law, civic-mindedness, loyalty to our country and proud of our ethnic heritage. We teach people to be more politically aware, cognizant of their right to self-determination and resolve in making their opinions count. We are, after all, the amalgam of our heritage and American dream.
As we are celebrating the 32nd year anniversary of Asian American Congress (formerly Asian American Council), we look forward to doing more good for the community. We will adapt if we need to adapt to modern times but we will not forget our basic aims and principles. We will not forget that we are here to champion the cause of Asian Americans. We are Asian American Congress after all.
Michael S. Limb
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Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States of America
Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State
Honorable Bill de Blasio The Mayor of City of New York
Honorable Edward P. Mangano Nassau County, Long Island. County Executive
Honorable Richard A. Brown District Attorney Queens County
Honorable James P. O'Neill Police Commissioner City of New York
Honorable Thomas C. Krumpter Nassau County Police Commissioner
The Asian American Council Michael S. Limb Executive Chairman ***************************** Together we can become more Innovative, Adaptive and Creative In solving today’s problems AsianAmericanCouncil.org Reception committee Co-Chairmen The Honorary Advisor Hon. James F. Brown Former Mayor of the City of Rome, New York Hon. Ernest D. Davis Former Mayor of the City of Mt. Vernon, New York Hon. Lorenzo Langford Former Mayor of the City of Atlantic City, New Jersey Hon. Edolphus Town Former U.S. Congressman New York, New York
Honorary Member Hon. Daniel Lewis Justice of the Supreme Court, State of New York
Legal Advisory Tony Legal Advisor Joseph Girardi, Esq. Legal Advisor Alan Greenberg, Esq. Legal Advisor David Ignacio, Esq. Legal Advisor
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30 Tips for Emergency Preparedness Here are 30 tips to help you and your family become better prepared for an emergency.
Preparedness Tip #1 Take a moment to imagine that there is an emergency, like a fire in your home, and you need to leave quickly. What are the best escape routes from your home? Find at least two ways out of each room. Now, write it down — you’ve got the beginning of a plan. Preparedness
Tip #2 Pick a place to meet after a disaster. Designate two meeting places. Choose one right outside your home, in case of a sudden household emergency, such as a fire. The second place you choose needs to be outside your neighborhood, in the event that it is not safe to stay near or return to your home. Preparedness
Tip #3 Choose an emergency contact person outside your area because it may be easier to call long distance than locally after a local/regional disaster. Take a minute now to call or e-mail an out-of-town friend or family member to ask him or her to be your family’s designated contact in the event of an emergency. Be sure to share the contact's phone number with everyone in the family. During an emergency, you can call your contact who can share with other family members where you are; how you are doing; and how to get in contact with you. Preparedness
Tip #4 Complete an emergency contact card and make copies for each member of your family to carry with them. Be sure to include an out-of-town contact on your contact card. It may be easier to reach someone out of town if local phone lines are out of service or overloaded. You should also have at least one traditionally wired landline phone, as cordless or cellular phones may not work in an emergency. Visit www.redcross.org or www.ready.gov for sample emergency contact cards. Preparedness
Tip #5 Dogs may be man’s best friend, but due to health regulations, most emergency shelters cannot house animals. Find out in advance how to care for your pets and working animals when disaster strikes. Pets should not be left behind, but could be taken to a veterinary office, family member’s home or animal shelter during an emergency. Also be sure to store extra food and water for pets. For more information, visit the Animal Safety section on www.redcross.org or visit the Humane Society Web site at www.hsus.org PGo through your calendand check supplies to be sure nothing has expired, spoiled, or changed. Also remember to practice your tornado, fire escape or other disaster plans. PCheck your child’s schocopy at home and work or other places where you spend a lot of your time and make sure the school’s plan is incorporated into your family’s emergency plan. Also, learn about the disaster plans at your workplace or other plawhere you and your family spend time. PTeach your children how aand other emergency telephone numbers by telephones. PPractice. Conduct fire dplot alternate routes on a map in case main roads are blocked or gridlocked. Practice earthquake and tornado drills at home, school and work. Commit a weekend to update telephone numbers, emergency supplies and review your plan with everyone. PA community working togTalk to your neighbors about how you can work together during an emFind out if anyone has specialized equipment like a power generator, or expertishelp in a crisis. Decide who will Make back-up plans for children in case you can't get homSharing plans and communicating in advance is a good strategy PWhat if disaster strikes wmany companies have been more alert and pro-active in preparing for disasters of all types since the September 11, 2001 attacks, a national survey indicates that many employees still don’t know what their workplace plan is for major ominor disasters. If you don’t know yours, make a point to ask. Know multiple ways to exit your building, participate in workplace evacuation drills, and consider keeping some emergency supplies at the office. Visit www.ready.gov and clon Ready Business for more information about business preparedness. PYou should keep enough supplieemergency supply kit to take with you in an evacuation. The basics to stock in your portable kit include: water, food, battery-powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries, first aid supplies, change of clothing, blanket or sleeping bagwrench or pliers, whistle, dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape, trash bags, map, a manual can opener for canned food and special items for infants, elderly, the sick or people with disabilities.
Keep these items in an easy to carry container such as a covered trash container, a large backpack, or a duffle bag. PPreparing for emergencielist of some foods that: Have a long shelf-life anYou and your family like. Do not require cooking. Can be easily stored. Have a low salt contenKeep the list in your purse or wallet and pick up a few items each tbuilt up a well-stocked supply that can sustain each member of your family for at least three days following an emergency. PTake a minute to checkDon’t have a first aid kit? Add that to the list or build a kit yourself. Just add the following items to your shopping list and assemble a first aid kit. Consider creating a kit for each vehicle as well: F(20) adhesive bandages, various sizes (1) 5" x 9" sterile dressing (1) conforming roller gauze(2) triangular bandages (2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pa(2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads (1) roll 3" cohesive bandage (2) germicidal hand wipes or w(6) antiseptic wipes (2) pair large medicaAdhesive tape, 2" width Anti-bacterial ointment Cold pack Scissors (sTweezers CPR breathFirst Aid Manual Non-Prescription Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever Anti-diarrhea medication Antacid (for stomach upseSyrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting Laxative Activated PFor more information about first aid kits, visit www.redcross.org. PKeep at least a three-day quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation and sanitation). Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and strenuous activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and people who are sick will also need more. POne of the easiest ways unique and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your family, but below is a general list of supplies you mayto consider: Tools and Su MEmergency preparedness manual and a copy of yourBattery-operated radio and extra batteries* Flashlight and extra batteries* Cash or traveler's checks, change*Non-electric can opener, utility knife*Fire extinguisher: small ABC type storshould not be kept in the disaster supplies kit. Tube tent Duct Tape*Compass Matches inAluminum foil Plastic storageSignal flare Paper, penciNeedles, threadMedicine dropperShut-off wrench orWhistle* Plastic shMap of the area (f(Continued in the next tip) PAlso include items for saSanitation (Essential Items are Marked with an Asterisk *) Toilet paper, towelettes* Soap, liquid detergent* Feminine supplies* Personal hygiene itePlastic garbage bags, tiesPlastic bucket with tight lid Disinfectant Household ch (Continued in the next tip) PInclude at least one comlong pants and long sleeves for additional protection after a disaster. Clothing and Bedding (Essential Items are Marked with an Asterisk * SRain gear* Blankets or Hat and gloves Thermal underwSunglasses PreparednesYou should also keep atraveling when disaster strikes. Emergency Kit For Your VehicleBottled water and non-perishableFlashlight and extra batteries Blanket Booster cFire extinguisheFirst aid kit and manual Maps ShovelTire repaFlares or other emergenc PTeach children how to di CCall 9-1-1 or your local emergencCare for the victim Help your children l PRead the information on your city, couwww.redcross.org or Ready.gov and print emergency preparedness information.
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Visit Ready.gov and www.redcross.org/preparedness for more information on sheltering-in-place. PA disaster can cause sigmay be forced to live in temporary housing. Income may be cut off or significantly reduced. Important financial recordscould be destroyed. Take the time now to assess your situation and ask questions. To help you, consider using the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), a tool deand Citizen Corps or contact your local Red Cross chapter for Disasters and Financial Planning: A Guide for Preparedness. PLearn if earthquakes areCross chapter, or state geological survey or department of natural resources. Information about earthquake risk is also available from the U.S. Geological Survey National Seismic Hazards project. PFloods are among the mmuch as 90 percent of the damage related to all natural disasters (excluding draught) is caused by floods and associated debris flow. Most communities in the United States can experience some kind of flooding.
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TClose and lock all windows and exteriorTurn off all fans, heating and air conditioning syClose the fireplace damper. Get your disaster supplies kitGo to an interior room that is above ground level and without windows,above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air, and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed. IfTape plastic sheeting, such as heavy-duty plastic garbage bags, over any windows. Lyou are sheltering, or they may call for evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk in your community PIf there is an explosion: Take shelter against youExit the building immediately. Do not use elevators. Check for fire and otheTake your emergency supply kit if IfExit the building i If Use the back of your hand to feel the upper, lower, and middle parts of closed doors. If the door is not hot, brace yourself against it and open slowly. If the door is hot, do not open it. Look for another way out. Do not use elevators. If your clothes catch onIf you are at home, go to your previously designated outside meeting place. Account for your family members and carefully supervise small children. GET OUT and STAY OUT. Never go back into a burning building. Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. PUnlike an explosion, a bireport a pattern of unusual illness or a wave of sick people seeking medical attention. The best source of information will be radio or television reports. Uvirus, can result in diseases you can catch from other people. Inshould do. It will take time to determine exactly what the illness is, how it should be treated, and who may have been exposed. YAre you in the group or area authorities believe may have been exposed? What are the signs and symptoms of the disease? Are medications or vaccines being distributed? Where? Who should get them and how? Where should you seek emergency medic DIf a family member becomes sick, it is impDo not assume, however, that you should go to a hospital emergenbiological attack. Symptoms of many common illnesses may overlap. Use common sense, practice good hygiene and cleanliness to avoid sConsider if you are in the group or area authorities believe to be in danger. If your symptoms match those described and you are in the group consideremedical attention. IfFollow instructions of doctors anIf the disease is contagious expect to receive medical evaluatioothers or even deliberately quarantined.
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In 1984, the Asian American Advisory Council was formed as the brainchild of the late NYPD Commissioner Hon. Benjamin Ward, Deputy Commissioner of Community Affairs Hon. W. Holiday and the late Chief of Patrol, Chief John McCabe to create a necessary bridge between the various Asian American communities of New York City and the New York Police Department. From its inception to the present, the mission is to improve the quality of life for Asian Americans living in New York City and the surrounding areas. Initially, the mission was to create a platform from which Asian American communities could collectively voice their concerns over issues involving police relations with the Asian American communities and to educate them about police tactics, procedures, and policies. The purpose was to improve tactical and operational police strategies in reducing crime in Asian American communities, improving communication and coordinating law enforcement efforts. Over time, the Asian American Advisory Commission evolved and expanded its scope. It started to sponsor and conduct seminars that involve numerous government agencies that address critical public policy issues such as immigration, consumer affairs, education, fire safety, truancy, education, crime prevention, community projects and economic development. It also held seminars with law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and New York City Police Department on matters of public safety which includes counter-terrorism, crime prevention, crowd control, community relations, and officer interaction with the public. We also coordinated with U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its subordinate agencies such as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in providing informational seminars to the public to disseminate the current laws, rules, and procedures pertaining- to immigration and the legal rights of immigrants.
The advent of the new millennium with its drastic scientific and technological developments as well as social and political advancements brought forth changes and we had to adapt and refocus. Thus, in 2000, the Asian American Advisory Council became Asian American Council dropping Advisory in its name as we are no longer just an advisory body. We are no longer confined to ethnic or geographic factors but global in character and universal in scope. We allowed chapters to be opened up not only in Asian countries but also in Central America such as Guatemala and El Salvador. In 2002, in close cooperation with Stop AIDS Organization of Japan, the Council’s Committee for Stop AIDS and Poverty has lent its help and expertise in benevolent projects in sub-Saharan Africa such as Kenya, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia and Mozambique in their efforts to develop solutions to address the pressing problems caused by AIDS and poverty. The council also assisted the said organization to provide much-needed medical supplies and state-of-the-art ambulances to these countries. Also in that year, in close cooperation with said organization, we are instrumental in sponsoring soccer games for children deeply affected, either primarily or vicariously through their parents, by this dreadful disease. In 2012, we assisted said organization in sponsoring exhibition soccer matches to provide educational materials to support schoolchildren in South Africa.
Our relationship with leaders of Japanese corporations such as Tokyo Electric Company and others who are on the cutting edge of bringing about important changes in reducing energy costs and curb climate change has prompted us to create a committee to develop resources, forums and workshops to disseminate information and address pressing problems on these issues. On the international understanding level, in 2008, we have been the catalyst in liaising and forging sister-city ties between the City of Rome, New York and several Asian cities such as Long Yan, Fujian Province and Jin Chen Shan, Xi Province both in China and Su Seong Metropolitan City, Korea. As a result of these initiatives, in 2011 we also helped the City of Rome, NY to conclude sister city relationship with Conghua City, Guandong, China and Yanji City, Jillin Province, China. In 2010, through our efforts, Atlantic City, NJ also forged a sister-city relationship with Zhanjiang Municipal Government, Guandong, China and Chunju City, Korea. Last year and this year, a high-level delegation headed by Governor Shin Woo-Chul of Wando-gun, Korea visited Nassau County, NY for possible investment, trade, and commerce. Also this year, a high-level delegation from Linyi City, China visited Nassau County for possible trade and commerce as well as the possibility of a friendly relationship between them. In championing sister-city or friendly relationship, our aim is to foster international understanding albeit on city and county level, expansion of knowledge and enrichment of personal experience through cultural and exchange programs and to help develop the economy by providing a platform for foreign trade and investments and in creating economic opportunities.
The Council has cultivated a good relationship with Central American countries such as El Salvador and Guatemala. In the last decade, we sent cancer prevention medicines to the national Cancer Prevention Research Center in Guatemala. As a result, Asian multinational corporations have requested our expertise to help in their investment initiatives to act as a liaison between them and the governments of Central American countries.
On the local level, in cooperation with Tomiko Abe Foundation of Japan, we gave scholarships to children of NYPD and NYFD officers who died in the line of duty (initially those who perished in the 9/11 tragedy). Last year, we expanded it to include children not only of NYPD and NYFD officers but also children of officers of U.S. Homeland Security. Early this year, we sponsored a community outreach program with NYFD Bureau of Fire Prevention on Hot Work Operation Fire Safety. The program dealt on how to get a license to operate torch and welding equipment. This is to help Asian American communities in their livelihood, creating business opportunities and in improving their quality of life.
In August of this year, we have entered a new phase to continue to develop and expand. Thus, we have to re-structure and expand our advocacy. We have also decided to change our name and henceforth, to be known as Asian American Congress. Although we are expanding our advocacy, we also cognizant of our past. We will continue to be the advocate of the people, provide informational resources and act as the forum to address problems. We are continuing to be the voice of Asian American communities. As we look forward to the future, we will hold on to our belief in the rule of law, peaceful co-existence, and friendship, loyalty to our country and pride in our ethnic heritage. We are, after all, an amalgam of our heritage and the American dream.