Governor Cuomo says more than 300,000 New Yorkers have now received training through the Citizen Preparedness Corps training program, which teaches about the tools and resources necessary for preparing for any type of disaster in order to respond and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
Trainings are conducted by the New York National Guard, along with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
Volunteers from the American Red Cross also teach courses.
During each class, students are taught an all-hazards approach to preparedness, giving them skills that can be utilized in any life-threatening situation, as opposed to developing individualized plans for each type of disaster or emergency. This includes information on how to develop family emergency plans and the importance of stocking up on emergency supplies.
Additionally, trainers 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. Participants are also encouraged to get more involved in existing community-based emergency activities that may be organized through local schools, businesses or community-based organizations.
In recent years, the program has been further adapted to include training on the “See Something, Say Something” mantra, as well as an active shooter/active violence component which focuses on situational awareness and incorporates the “Run, Hide, Fight” concept for active shooter training.
“Through this comprehensive training, New Yorkers across the state can learn to respond effectively in a crisis,” Governor Cuomo said. “No one can predict when the next disaster may happen, but with this training, we can ensure families and communities are prepared for any emergency.”
A training session will be held in Syracuse on Tuesday, July 16, at the AHEPA 37 Apartments–100 Ahepa Circle, Syracuse.
For more information, visit prepare.ny.gov.