Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today attended an event in Broome County for the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which will train approximately 100,000 New Yorkers during 2014 in the proper preparation for emergencies or disasters. The program seeks to provide citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
The Citizen Preparedness Corps Training program ensures that citizens are equipped with the information they need to respond when a disaster strikes, Governor Cuomo said. Through this training, we are helping New Yorkers to be first responders in their own homes and in their communities. After experiencing nine federal declared natural disasters in just three years, it is more important than ever for New Yorkers to be prepared for when Mother Nature visits next.
Governor Cuomo also recently announced the launch of a new website www.prepare.ny.gov, to serve as the digital home for the Citizen Preparedness Corps community. The website will offer information about additional trainings, disaster preparedness tips, and ways to volunteer your skills in the event of a disaster.
An outpouring of volunteers attended todays Citizen Preparedness Corps training session, with attendance of more than 430 people in Broome County.
The trainings, along with future ones, were led by the New York National Guard who worked with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and local county emergency management personnel.
Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs said, The men and women of the New York Army and Air National Guard understand the value of being prepared for any emergency, since our service members are always there to assist when disaster strikes. Our Soldiers and Airmen are proud to be part of the Governor's effort to better prepare New Yorkers to handle floods, hurricanes, tornados, snowstorms or whatever nature can throw at us. We look forward to engaging our fellow New Yorkers in this important emergency preparedness training.
Jerome M. Hauer, Commissioner, NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services said, Governor Cuomo has made emergency preparedness one of his highest priorities as we face the new reality of extreme weather, and for many that preparedness begins in their own homes. I wholeheartedly support his decisive and hands-on strategy for responding to the often very destructive consequences of a natural disaster. Community members are the first to be affected and typically the first to be on the scene in face of such challenges. It is critical that we provide them with the most practical and efficient preparation, so that when an emergency arises they are well positioned to protect their families and fellow neighbors. This training will prove to be fundamental to future disaster relief efforts.
The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies. Proper preparation in the home will be emphasized with encouragement to ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, along with fire extinguishers, are all available and in proper working order. Trainers will supply information on what organizations can provide additional support; how to register for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system; and how to be aware of notifications from such sources as the Emergency Broadcast System. Participants will also be encouraged to get more involved in existing community-based emergency activities that may be organized through local schools, businesses or community-based organizations.
Each volunteer or family received a Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Kit that contains key items to assist them in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. As an individual, a family member, and member of their community, it is essential that citizens take a few basic steps to be prepared; their quality of life and their loved ones may depend on it. Often during an emergency, electricity, heat, air conditioning or telephone service may not work. Citizens should be prepared to make it on their own for at least 7-10 days, maybe longer. Click here for a photo of the kit.
Every training participant (one per family) will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit, which includes:
- Plastic drop cloth
- Light stick
- (2) D Batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Face mask
- Safety goggles
- AM/FM pocket radio with batteries
- (6) packs of drinking water
- (6) food bars
- Regular flashlight
- Emergency blanket
- Duct tape
- Work gloves
- 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.