Cuomo launches disaster prep program for New Yorkers

Cuomo launches disaster prep program for New Yorkers

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Governor Andrew Cuomo launched a training program on Saturday in order to make sure New Yorkers are better prepared for severe weather.

The Citizen Preparedness Corps program hopes to train around 100,000 people on how to react quickly and safely to emergencies and disasters in the state.

The focus will be on procedures and resources to help out during pre-disaster conditions.

"Our greatest asset is you.” Cuomo said. “You are there first. By definition, you are the first responder in your own home.”

A website has also been launched to provide information and preparedness tips for New Yorkers.

Citizen Preparedness training will begin in February and will be held at armories and other locations, such as the State Fair. Trainings will be led 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. All training sessions will be coordinated with local county emergency management personnel.

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 ALERT System (EAS). 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.

A key component of this training is the distribution of New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Kits that contain key items to assist individuals 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.

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.

Items in the response kits that will be gven to people who sign up for the Citizen Preparedness Corps include:
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Light stick
  • (2) D Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Face mask
  • Safety goggles
  • AM/FM pocket radio w/batteries
  • (6) packs of drinking water
  • (6) food bars
  • Regular flashlight
  • Emergency blanket
  • Duct tape
  • Work gloves
  • Water bottle
It’s www.nyprepare.gov

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