‘Go bag’ info

A few days before Superstorm Sandy struck the city, Mayor Mike Bloomberg advised residents in Flood Zone A to put together their “go bags” and stock up on first aid supplies. If you were one of those left wondering what goes in a “go bag”, don’t be alarmed — Community Board 1’s Quality of Life Committee is partnering with Pace University to bring a first aid forum to Downtown Manhattan. On Thurs., Feb. 21, certified professionals will go over everything from the Heimlich maneuver to emergency doggy “go” bags.

Professor Joanne Knoesel from the Lienhard School of Nursing will give out a list of essential first aid kit supplies for homes and businesses at 6 p.m., followed by a brief information session on recognizing medical emergencies such as heart attacks, anaphylaxis and stroke. Professor Elizabeth Berro will talk about how to handle swallowed poisons at 6:30 p.m.

The basics of a first aid course will be taught as well. CPR, defibrillation and the Heimlich maneuver will be demonstrated by Professor Knoesel.

At 7 p.m., Dr. Antonio Dajer, Chairperson of New York Downtown Hospital’s Emergency Department, will provide residents with info on services offered at nearby hospitals and when to use an emergency room.

The Tribeca CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) led by Jean Grillo will then go over that all-important information: emergency preparations and “go” bags for the family in case of emergency evacuations. Worried about leaving pets behind? C.B. 1 member Diane Lapson will outline what to put in a “go bag” for furry family members.

The First Aid Forum will be hosted Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in Meeting Room A of 1 Pace Plaza, entrance via the Schimmel Theatre, 3 Spruce St. For more information, call C.B. 1 at 212-442-5050 or email Man01@cb.nyc.gov.