More Than 190,000 New Yorkers Trained in Citizen Preparedness

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Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017 9:39 pm | Updated: 11:07 am, Wed Sep 13, 2017.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that since 2014, more than 190,000 New Yorkers have taken the 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 State. This year's theme, Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can. encourages everyone to make sure they are prepared and have a plan in place for when disasters strike.

"As dangerous and extreme weather becomes the new normal, it is critical that we ramp up our efforts to keep our citizens prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way," said Governor Cuomo. "While we can't predict when the next natural disaster might strike our state, with this training we can ensure that New Yorkers are properly trained to respond 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, more than 190,000 people from across the state have become better prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster.

"National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to remind us all to take responsibility for our own personal preparedness and safety before an emergency or disaster occurs," said Roger L. Parrino, Sr., Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. "We all need to make sure that proper emergency supplies are available at home and at work, and we must to be informed and aware of events that are going on around us. This applies to checking weather forecasts when planning outdoor events to taking stock of your surroundings in the event of an active shooter. We all have a role to play to stay safe."

"The New York National Guard's Soldiers and Airmen are proud of their part in providing emergency preparedness training to New Yorkers around the state," said Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York. "Since the National Guard is called out when emergencies occur, our members know how being prepared can make you better able to cope with a crisis and come out okay on the other side."

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.

SOURCE: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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