From the Office of the Governor
Dear Fellow New Yorker,
This week, Governor Cuomo proclaimed September as Preparedness Month and announced new Citizen Preparedness Corps training sessions across New York State.
Interested in attending a Citizen Preparedness Corps training session in your area? Visit www.prepare.ny.gov to register and view the full list of courses, which are updated regularly. We also urge New Yorkers to sign up for the Skilled Volunteers Registry, where those with a skill or trade can volunteer to help your communities overcome and recover quickly after a disaster or other type of emergency.
The Citizen Preparedness Corps has equipped thousands of New Yorkers this year with the skills and tools needed to act in the event of a disaster. Administered by the New York National Guard, the training course provides an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. At completion, participants will receive a certificate and a free Citizen Preparedness Starter Kit (one per family). The kit includes a first-aid kit, face mask, pocket radio with batteries, food bars, emergency blanket and other key items to help citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
Can’t take the in-person class? We encourage you to take the online condensed Citizen Preparedness training. Communities, non-profits and businesses can also request to host their own Citizen Preparedness Course in their area by submitting their information here.
Severe storms are the new normal and we must continue to raise awareness of the importance of a rapid and efficient response when disaster strikes. With these additional courses in our communities and online, New Yorkers will be more prepared now than ever before.
The Office of the Governor