This is Me
My name is Karina Warshaw. I’m a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend and lover of community.
The Bedford Fire Department
In 1999 I answered the call of our local volunteer fire department and signed up. Many hours of training later, I became a firefighter and EMT.
As a firefighter I worked with the other members of our team to fight fires, attend to motor vehicle accidents, help with flooding incidents, etc. As an EMT, I was called upon in multiple situations involving people’s health. Calls came 24/7 and were answered every time.
Things changed for everyone on 9/11. As a firefighter/EMT I now had to think about terrorism response. As a mom, I now had to think about how I was going to keep my own family safe.
Stuart joined the BFD
A number of years after I joined the fire department, Stuart joined. He became a trained firefighter and, together, we responded to calls.
American Red Cross CPR Instructor
I became an ARC CPR instructor and trained hundreds of emergency responder volunteers and community members.
As with most of the country, we were glued to our tv, watching in horror as Hurricane Katrina ravaged southern states, leaving people homeless and worse.
Stuart and I moved back to NYC after having lived and raised our children in Westchester County, an hour north of NYC.
I became a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member in NYC. We were trained by the FDNY, the NYPD, OEM and FEMA instructors. One of the things they emphasized was having a GO-bag so each individual could help themselves, their families, friends and neighbors during emergency events.
We were directly involved in Hurricane Irene in 2011 which affected mostly Vermont.
In 2012 Hurricane Sandy struck NYC where we were directly affected along with our business and our employees. It was during Hurricanes Sandy and Irene that the importance of having a GO-bag became even more clear.
The VLES GO-bag
We designed the VLES GO-bag as the bag we would want to have in an emergency situation. The bag itself is strong and smart, the contents we put in are logical and useful. The Family Plan is essential. Along with the personal items that you add, your VLES GO-bag will be indispensable when unexpected emergencies occur.