Free Emergency Preparedness Training offered twice in Buffalo on January 6


BUFFALO- New York National Guard troops, in conjunction with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will be presenting a free disaster preparedness class twice on Wednesday, January 6 at the Catholic Charities office in Buffalo.

The two-hour program will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Catholic Charities is 525 Washington ST, Buffalo.

The event is opened to any interested citizen and no sign-up in advance is required.

The taxpayer-funded event is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which “provides citizens with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions,” according to a press release announcing the classes.

Working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and local emergency management personnel, troops are conducting these training events across the state.

Since the program’s launch in early February 2014, troops have held more than 500 events statewide, and “taught over 51,000 citizens how to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters,” according  to the release.

The program covers a range of topics, like developing a family emergency plan, stocking up on emergency supplies, and registering for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system.

Emergency preparedness is part  of the New York National Guard’s mission and experience, according to New York State Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Patrick A. Murphy.

“The men and women of the New York Army and Air National Guard, who have responded to help their fellow New Yorkers during floods, hurricanes, and snow storms, know first-hand the value of being prepared for emergencies,” Murphy said.

For more information on the program and emergency preparedness,

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