Governor Cuomo believes that more New Yorkers than ever need to be prepared and be trained to respond in the event of an emergency. His goal: Provide 100,000 citizens with the tools they need to be ready and able to help their families and neighbors during emergencies
To achieve this, on February 1, 2014 the Governor will launch the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program that will train some 100,000 New Yorkers in the proper preparation for emergencies or disasters by December 31, 2014. The Governor explained that the program seeks to provide citizens of the State with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters and to be able to respond and attain, as quickly as possible, to pre-disaster conditions in the event New York experiences a natural disasters.
Citizen Preparedness Corps training will begin on Saturday, February 1st in Richmond and Suffolk Counties at:
Saturday, February 1st, 2014 - Richmond County
New Dorp High School, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
465 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY 10306
Saturday, February 1st, 2014 - Suffolk County
Farmingdale State College, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Roosevelt Hall, Multipurpose Room
2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Space is limited, and those wishing to participate must register in advance. Pre-registration for the training session is available at: http://www.nyprepare.gov/aware-prepare/nysprepare/
Training sessions will be led by New York National Guard personnel, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control. All training sessions will be coordinated with local county emergency management personnel.
A key component of this training effort is the distribution of Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Kits that contain key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
Each training participant [limited to one kit per family] will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit. The Starter Kit includes a plastic drop cloth; light stick; a First Aid Kit; a face mask; safety goggles; an AM/FM pocket radio with batteries; six packs of drinking water; six food bars; a regular flashlight and two D batteries; an emergency blanket; duct tape; work gloves; and a water bottle. As part of the training, participants will receive information about the other supplies and personal information that they should add to their personal Response Kit.