Emergency and disaster preparedness program will be offered on Staten Island
“STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Before rescue workers on Staten Island could reach the hardest hit areas during Hurricane Sandy, neighbors risked their lives to save one another from the raging waters that devastated their streets and homes.
New York state will offer the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program to equip folks with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters.
Now, borough residents will have the opportunity to receive the proper training needed for emergencies or disasters under a new state program, according to the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
The Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program will equip folks with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
“Severe weather events are becoming more frequent and extreme and to make sure that our communities are safe, we need more New Yorkers than ever to be prepared and trained to respond,” said Cuomo.
The initiative, set to launch on Feb. 1 in New Dorp, will train 100,000 New Yorkers during 2014 “to help provide crucial and critical assistance in their own homes or in their own communities whenever disaster strikes,” said Cuomo.
Citizen Preparedness training will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies.
A key component, according to the organization, is the distribution of response kits that contain key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
Response kits include such items as batteries, face masks, food bars, water bottles and a first aid kit, among other necessities. Every training participant (one per family) will receive a free kit.
Training sessions 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.
“In times of emergency or extreme difficulty caused by a disaster, it is often citizens in their homes or on their residential blocks who are immediately faced with the need to respond,” said Jerome M. Hauer, commissioner of the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
“This training effort will better prepare them for the types of response activities they should engage in to safeguard themselves and their families and possibly their neighbors.”
New York State will offer a two-hour training session for residents on Saturday, Feb. 1, at New Dorp High School, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Due to limited space, participants are encouraged to register in advance.
Pre-registration for the training session, along with more information on the program, is available at: http://www.nyprepare.gov/aware-prepare/nysprepare/ ”