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When you stay ready, you don't have to get ready
Harlem Emergency Network (HEN) is an emergency communications volunteer organization that services Harlem and Upper Manhattan.
Our goal is to help to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and to ensure that Harlem remains a resilient community in the face of major emergencies that can affect the community's quality of life.
Our mission is to collaborate with groups with similar objectives and draw from the deep well of resources within Harlem and surrounding communities (senior citizens, houses of worship, institutions, businesses, medical facilities, civic groups, etc.).
A major disaster will stretch government resources beyond capacity
Community-based networks adds untapped resources, when properly coordinated
Government priority in a major disaster is to maintain the government, the physical infrastructure, not the people
Community emergency networks prioritize people first