September 6, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 250,000 New Yorkers Trained Through the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Statewide

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Encourages New Yorkers During National Preparedness Month to Prepare Now for Disasters and Emergencies

 

All Hazards Training Teaches New Yorkers to Have a Plan, Build a Kit, Be Aware and Get Involved

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that since 2014, more than 250,000 New Yorkers have taken 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. This year's theme, "Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn Now." encourages families to create an emergency plan, learn life-saving skills such as CPR and first aid, check insurance coverage, and save money for emergencies.

 

"With extreme and unpredictable weather events now the norm, it is critically important that New Yorkers are properly trained and prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage all New Yorkers to take this training with the Citizen Preparedness Corps so they can be vigilant and prepared 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, over 250,000 people from across the state have become better prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster.

 

"No matter where you live in New York State, residents need to prepare for both natural and man-made disasters," said Roger Parrino, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. "From floods, fires, snowstorms, acts of terrorism, or active shooter situations, people need to know the risks associated with where they live, work or travel, they need to be their own first responder, and have a plan in place until help arrives. Citizen Preparedness Corps training allows attendees to prepare in advance for all types of emergencies before they happen, so they can be prepared, act accordingly, and recover more quickly"

 

Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York said, "The Soldiers and Airmen of the New York National Guard know what a difference being prepared can make in an emergency because they are called out to help respond when the weather turns treacherous. Our men and women are proud of the part they've been playing in presenting the governor's Citizens Preparedness Corps training."

 

Gary Striar, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region, said, "This is the time of year when hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other large disasters can happen and New Yorkers are not immune to such threats. The recent flooding in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier areas is just the latest reminder of why it is so important that every household be properly prepared for a disaster. Families are safer and can recover faster when they plan ahead, stay informed and maintain a disaster kit with essential supplies. Governor Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps program is a critical part of the effort to make our communities safer and the American Red Cross is proud to have trained more than 93,000 people through the program so far. The Red Cross encourages everyone to use National Preparedness Month to prepare their household so they are ready when the time comes."

 

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 prepare.ny.gov. During September and October, courses will be held at the following locations. Check back often as new courses are being added every day.

  

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Nassau County

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

Long Beach City Hall - 6th floor, 1 West Chester St, Long Beach, NY, New York 11561

 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

New York County

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

The Neighborhood School PS 363, 121 East 3rd Street, New York, New York 10009

 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Steuben County

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

Corning High School, 201 Cantigney St., Corning, New York 14830

 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Rockland County

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

Nyack Public Library, 59 S Broadway, Nyack, New York 10960

 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Suffolk County

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

Deer Park Fire House, 94 Lake Avenue, Deer Park, New York 11729

 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Queens County

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, New York 11451

 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Onondaga County

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Onondaga Free Library, 4840 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, New York 13215

 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Onondaga County

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

St. Pius Tenth Church, 3010 Chili Ave, Rochester, New York 14624

 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Suffolk County

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

Riverhead High School, 700 Harrison Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Saratoga County

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

Shenendehowa High School West, Auditorium, Clifton Park, New York 12065

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Suffolk County

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

Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library, 1 South Country Road, Brightwaters, New York 11718

 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Albany County

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, New York 12054

 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Putnam County

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

Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, Training and Operations Center Auditorium, 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, New York 10512

 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Suffolk County

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Mastic Moriches Shirley Library, 407 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, New York 11967

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Queens County

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

Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School 109Q, 213-10 92nd Avenue, Queens Village, New York 11428

 

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - West Point, NY

Orange County

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

United States Military Academy - Eisenhower Hall, 655 Pitcher Rd. West Point, New York 10996

**Participants 16 and older must show a valid ID to enter the grounds**

 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bronx County

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

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 771 Fairmount Place, Bronx, New York 10460

 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Otsego County

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Spirit and Truth Church, 2886 County Rd 8, Oneonta, New York 13820

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Suffolk County

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

Central Islip Fire Department, 97 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip, New York 11722

 

Wednesday October 10, 2018

Kings County

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

Restoration Plaza, Lower level, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York 11216

 

Wednesday, October 25, 2018

Putnam County

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

Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Training and Operations Center, Auditorium, 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, New York 10512

 

About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services provides leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies. For more information, visit the Division's Facebook, follow @NYSDHSES on Twitter and Instagram, or visit dhses.ny.gov.

 

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