Be a first responder in your own home

Governor Cuomo urges New Yorkers to learn disaster and emergency preparation


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  • The NYS Citizen Preparedness Corps Response starter kit given to each household that participates in training at locations (not online).



Have these handy

The Citizen Preparedness Corps Response starter kit includes:
Plastic drop cloth
Light stick
Two D Batteries
First Aid Kit
Face mask
Safety goggles
AM/FM pocket radio with batteries
Six packs of drinking water
Six food bars
Regular flashlight
Emergency blanket
Duct tape
Work gloves
Water bottle

— The program that trains citizens to serve as first responders in their own homes is now available in a condensed online version, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced recently.

The shortened version of New York State's Citizen Preparedness Corps training may now be viewed ion computers or mobile devices.

“Over the past few years, extreme weather patterns have made one thing perfectly clear in New York — we must do everything we can to prepare our communities to respond in the event of a disaster,” Cuomo said. “The Citizen Preparedness Corps gives New Yorkers the tools and knowledge they need....By offering training sessions online we are greatly expanding the reach of this important resource and protecting communities across the state. I encourage all New Yorkers to take advantage of this training and learn how they can become better prepared in the event of an emergency.”

The online training is available at www.prepare.ny.gov/training-events. Click the “Launch Online Training" button for see the 12-minute video and take a short quiz.

The training program, launched in February, was created by experts at the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control and led by instructors from the Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

“This condensed training of the Citizen Preparedness Corps training classes is another avenue to reach more people and to make them aware of the importance of having a plan if they are forced into an emergency," said Jerome Hauer, commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. "Giving citizens a basic understanding of emergency preparedness saves lives and helps first responders and other emergency personnel respond when disaster strikes.”

For more information visit prepare.ny.gov.

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