September 11, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 190,000 New Yorkers Have Taken Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Statewide

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 190,000 New Yorkers Have Taken Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Statewide

Reminds All New Yorkers During National Preparedness Month to Take Steps to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that since 2014, over 190,000 New Yorkers have taken the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training to prepare for man-made and natural disasters and emergencies and urged all New Yorkers to better prepare themselves and their families in the event disaster strikes. The Governor also proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in New York State. This year's theme, "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can." encourages everyone to make sure they are prepared and have a plan in place for when disasters strike.

"As dangerous and extreme weather becomes the new normal, it is critical that we ramp up our efforts to keep our citizens prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way," Governor Cuomo said. "While we can't predict when the next natural disaster might strike our state, with this training we can ensure that New Yorkers are properly trained to respond in the event of an emergency."

As part of its continuing efforts to provide tools and resources to prepare all individuals for any type of disaster, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions, Governor Cuomo launched the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training in 2014. Trainings are conducted by the New York National Guard, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control and is also taught by volunteers from the American Red Cross. Since its inception, more than 190,000 people from across the state have become better prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Roger L. Parrino, Sr., Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services said, "National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to remind us all to take responsibility for our own personal preparedness and safety before an emergency or disaster occurs. We all need to make sure that proper emergency supplies are available at home and at work, and we must to be informed and aware of events that are going on around us. This applies to checking weather forecasts when planning outdoor events to taking stock of your surroundings in the event of an active shooter. We all have a role to play to stay safe."

"The New York National Guard's Soldiers and Airmen are proud of their part in providing emergency preparedness training to New Yorkers around the state," said Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York. "Since the National Guard is called out when emergencies occur, our members know how being prepared can make you better able to cope with a crisis and come out okay on the other side."

Dan Farrell, Director of State Relations for the American Red Cross, said, “The American Red Cross is proud to have helped with this important effort by training more than 72,000 New Yorkers through the Governor Cuomo’s Citizen Preparedness Corps program. As the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma reminds us, disaster can strike anywhere at any time and families are safer when they plan ahead. New York is not immune to the threat of disaster and we must all remain vigilant in our efforts to get ready.”

To incorporate an all-hazards approach to preparedness, "See Something, Say Something" and a short active shooter/active violence component has been added to the Citizen Preparedness Corps training which focuses on situational awareness, and incorporates the "Run, Hide, Fight" concept for active shooter training. The full video can be viewed at the DHSES YouTube page here.

To check for new courses, request a course for your organization, or to take the online version visit During September and October, courses will be held at the following locations.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wayne County

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 pm

Public Safety Building

7376 Route 31

Lyons, NY 14489

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Nassau County

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

The Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay

45 E Main Street

Oyster Bay, New York 11771

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Kings County

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

** Presented in English - Translated into Spanish **

110 Pennsylvania Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11207

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Suffolk County

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 pm

Juliette Low Friendship Center - Camp Edey

600 Lakeview Ave

Bayport, NY 11705

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Suffolk County

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Masjid Darul Quran

1514 E 3rd Avenue

Bay Shore, NY, 11706

Monday, September 18, 2017

Suffolk County

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Huntington Town Hall

Board Room

100 Main Street

Huntington, NY 11743

Monday, September 18, 2017

Westchester County

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Thomas H. Slater Center

2 Fisher Court

White Plains, New York 10601

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Putnam County

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Desmond Fish Library

472 Route 463

Garrison, NY 10524

Friday, September 26, 2017

Nassau County

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Long Beach City Hall

6th Floor

1 West Chester St

Long Beach, NY 11561

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Suffolk County

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Eatons Neck Fire Department

55 Eatons Neck Road

Northport, NY 11768

Monday, October 16, 2017

Suffolk County

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Civil Service Employees Association

3 Garet Place

Commack, NY 11725

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Suffolk County

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Huntington Town Hall

Board Room

100 Main Street

Huntington, NY 11743

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Warren County

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Glens Falls Civic Center

1 Civic Center Plaza

Heritage Hall

Glens Falls, NY 12801

All New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for NY-Alert, the state's free, all hazards subscription-based alerting system. To subscribe, please visit

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