CNY neighbors gather for emergency training

Published 04/12 2014 11:32AM

Updated 04/12 2014 11:50AM

CNY neighbors gather at Onondaga Community College for emergency preparedness training.
CNY neighbors gather at Onondaga Community College for emergency preparedness training.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Over the past few years, Central New York has seen more than its fair share of emergencies and disasters, including devastating flooding in Madison, Oneida and Herkimer Counties.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been working to bring the regions affected back from the flooding by funding rebuilding and preparing for similar events.

On Saturday, homeowners and neighbors attended a "Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program" hosted by the Governor's Office at Onondaga Community College. The program aims to provide approximately 100,000 New Yorkers with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

"In just the past few years alone, New Yorkers all across the State have seen the damage and disruption that can come from natural disasters and emergencies, so it is critical that we act now to prepare for whatever the future may bring," Governor Cuomo said. "The Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program is helping New Yorkers to be first responders in their own homes and on their blocks when a disaster strikes. It is more important than ever to be prepared, and I urge all New Yorkers to join us as we work to build safer communities across the State."

The training sessions were 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. The training was coordinated with local county emergency management personnel.

Every training participant (one per family) received a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit.

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