On Wednesday, 120 of students from the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Preparedness interviewed some 1,500 residents across New York City’s five boroughs about their families’ preparedness. Survey results will be used to determine how prepared the general public is post-Superstorm Sandy and if preparedness levels differ in flood-prone areas. The survey’s results will be made public on the school’s website.

The students were joined by Jerome Hatfield, regional administrator of FEMA, at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan.

The joint effort between FEMA and the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management to interview and inform the public about emergency preparedness is one of many events occurring across the country as part of “America’s PrepareAthon,” a national community day of action encouraging millions of individuals, organizations and communities to take action to improve their levels of disaster preparedness.