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New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps

New York State is offering two hour training courses for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

  • A key component to the training is distribution of free NYS Disaster Preparedness Kits to each family that attends the in-person, regional public events where registration is required.
  • Courses will be offered on multiple dates and locations around the state.
  • Check back for updates or sign up to be notified of upcoming courses.
  • Sessions last approximately two hours

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Current Courses

If a current course is not listed here, please check the Closed tab.

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 12:00 PM - Queens, NY - Jamaica

    York College
    Academic Core Building Atrium                                 Register
    94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd.
    Jamaica, NY 11422


    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 05:30 PM - Steuben County - Corning

    Corning Painted Post High School                                 Register
    201 Cantigney Stree
    Corning, NY 14830


    Thursday, December 4, 2014 07:00 PM - Nassau County - Island Park

    Island Park Public Library                                 Register
    176 Long Beach Road
    Island Park, NY 11558


    Friday, December 12, 2014 07:00 PM - Nassau County - Carle Place

    Rushmore Avenue School                                 Register
    251 Rushmore Ave
    Carle Place, NY 11514


    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 07:00 PM - Cattaraugus County - St. Bonaventure

    Doyle Dining Hall                                 Register
    St. Bonaventure University
    St. Bonaventure, NY 14778


Response Kits

A key component to the training is distribution of free NYS Disaster Preparedness Kits to each family that attends the in-person, regional public events where registration is required.

*One kit per family

Kit Contents:kit

  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Light stick
  • (2) D Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Face mask
  • Safety goggles
  • AM/FM pocket radio w/batteries
  • (6) packs of drinking water
  • (6) food bars
  • Regular flashlight
  • Emergency blanket
  • Duct tape
  • Work gloves
  • Water bottle

Additional items are recommended for emergency response kit:

New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps

With severe weather events becoming more frequent and more extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters. Governor Cuomo has launched the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps so residents have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Citizen Preparedness training will begin in February and will be held at armories and other locations, such as the State Fair. Trainings 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.

The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies. Proper preparation in the home will be emphasized with encouragement to ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, along with fire extinguishers, are all available and in proper working order. Trainers will supply information on what organizations can provide additional support; how to register for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system; and how to be aware of notifications from such sources as the Emergency ALERT System (EAS). Participants will also be encouraged to get more involved in existing community-based emergency activities that may be organized through local schools, businesses or community-based organizations.

A key component of this training is the distribution of New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Kits that contain key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. As an individual, a family member, and member of their community, it is essential that citizens take a few basic steps to be prepared; their quality of life and their loved ones may depend on it. Often during an emergency, electricity, heat, air conditioning or telephone service may not work. Citizens should be prepared to make it on their own for at least 7-10 days, maybe longer.

As part of the training, participants will receive information about the other supplies and personal information that they should add to their Personal Response Kit.

Prior Courses

This page lists training events that have occurred in the past

Saturday, November 22, 2014 11:00 AM - Staten Island, NY - Staten Island Armory

Staten Island Armory
321 Manor Road
Staten Island, NY 10314

Thursday, November 20, 2014 07:00 PM - NYC - Breezy Point

Colony Theater
500 Bayside
Breezy Point, NY 11697

Thursday, November 20, 2014 06:30 PM - Erie County - West Seneca

Course POSTPONED due to Weather
West Seneca Senior Center
4620 Seneca Street
West Seneca, NY 14224

Thursday, November 20, 2014 06:00 PM - Jefferson County - Carthage

Course POSTPONED due to Weather
Carthage Central School Auditorium
36500 NYS Rt 26
Carthage, NY 13619

Thursday, November 20, 2014 06:00 PM - NYC - High School for Health

Professions and Human Service
345 East 15th Street (btwn. 1st and 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY 10003

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 07:00 PM - Cattaraugus County - St. Bonaventure University

Course CANCELLED due to Weather
Doyle Dining Hall
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

Saturday, November 15, 2014 11:00 AM - Chenango County - Norwich

Norwich High School Auditorium
89 Midland Drive
Norwich, NY 13815

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 07:00 PM - Nassau County - Adelphi University

Ruth S. Harley University Center-Ballroom
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 06:00 PM - NYC - Columbia University Medical Center (SPANISH)

Armand Hammer Health Sciences Building
701 West 168th Street
4th Floor, Room 401
New York, NY 10032

Monday, November 10, 2014 06:00 PM - NYC - Julia Richman Education Complex

Julia Richman Education Complex
317 East 67th Street (btwn. 1st and 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY 10065

Monday, November 10, 2014 01:00 PM - Erie County - University of Buffalo

University of Buffalo Center for Tomorrow
125 Center for Tomorrow
Amherst, NY 14260

Saturday, November 8, 2014 03:00 PM - NYC - University Settlement Houston Street Center (CHINESE)

Training in Chinese
University Settlement Houston Street Center
273 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Friday, November 7, 2014 06:00 PM - NYC - Columbia University Medical Center (ENGLISH)

Armand Hammer Health Sciences Building
701 West 168th Street
4th Floor, Room 401
New York, NY 10032

Saturday, November 1, 2014 01:00 PM - Brooklyn, NY - YM-YWHA (SPANISH)

Training in Spanish
Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, Inc.
3300 Coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Thursday, October 30, 2014 06:30 PM - Brooklyn, NY - YM-YWHA (RUSSIAN)

Training in Russian
Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, Inc.
3300 Coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 07:00 PM - Nassau County - East Rockaway

East Rockaway Village Hall
376 Atlantic Avenue
East Rockaway, NY 11518

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 06:00 PM - Oswego County- SUNY Oswego

Campus Center Auditorium
7060 Route 104
Oswego, NY 13126

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 05:30 PM - Yates County - Penn Yan

Yates County Auditorium
Yates County Office Building
417 Liberty Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Monday, October 27, 2014 07:00 PM - Queens - Howard Beach

This location is NOT Handicap Accessible
St. Barnabas Church
159-19 98th Street
Howard Beach, NY 11414

Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:30 AM - Warren County - Glens Falls

Glens Fall Civic Center - Heritage Hall
1 Civic Center Plaza
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Thursday, October 23, 2014 06:00 PM - Otsego County - Oneonta

SUNY Oneonta
Hunt Union Ballroom
Hunt College Union
108 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820

Thursday, October 23, 2014 05:30 PM - Livingston County - North Dansville

North Dansville Town Hall
14 Clara Barton Street
North Dansville, NY 14437

Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:00 AM - Oneida County - Rome, NY

Mohawk Valley Community College
Festine Auditorium
1101 Floyd Ave
Rome, NY 13440

Thursday, October 16, 2014 06:00 PM - Staten Island - Westerleigh Park

Willard Ave., Springfield Ave., Maine Ave., Neal Dow Ave.

Staten Island, NY 10314

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 06:00 PM - NYC - Fashion Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology
Haft Auditorium
227 W 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 06:00 PM - NYC - Harlem CCNY

The City College of New York
North Academic Center Building
Lecture Hall – NA 0/201, Ground floor
Convent Avenue @ 138th Street
New York, NY 10031

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 06:00 PM - NYC - Hunter College

Silberman School of Social Work
Hunter College
2180 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10035

Thursday, October 2, 2014 07:00 PM - NYC - University Settlement at Campos Plaza

Cornerstone Program @ Campos Plaza Community Center
611 East 13th Street (between Avenues B & C)
New York, NY 10009

Thursday, October 2, 2014 02:00 PM - Staten Island, NY - Health and Wellness Expo

Health and Wellness Expo at The Hilton Garden Inn
1100 South Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 05:00 PM - Suffolk County - Farmingville, NY

Brookhaven Town Hall Auditorium
One Independence Hill
Farmingville, NY 11738

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 07:00 PM - NYC - P.S. 276

Battery Park City School
55 Battery Place
New York, NY 10004

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 06:30 PM - Brooklyn, NY - Hebrew Educational Society

Hebrew Educational Society
9502 Seaview Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11236

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 06:30 PM - Onondaga County - East Syracuse

East Syracuse Minoa Central High School Auditorium
6400 Fremont Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 06:00 PM - Nassau County - Westbury, NY

'Yes We Can' Community Center
141 Garden Street
Westbury, NY 11590

Monday, September 29, 2014 07:00 PM - Nassau County - Freeport, NY

Freeport Public Library
114 W. Merrick Road
Freeport, NY 11520

Monday, September 29, 2014 06:30 PM - Erie County - Hamburg

Hilbert College
Swan Auditorium
5200 South Park Ave
Hamburg, NY 14075

Monday, September 29, 2014 06:00 PM - Nassau County - Hempstead, NY

Hempstead Public Library
115 Nichols Ct.
Hempstead, NY 11550

Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 PM - Erie County - Buffalo State College

Buffalo State College
Bulger North
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

Saturday, September 27, 2014 11:00 AM - Broome County - SUNY Broome

Baldwin Gym
907 Upper Front Street
Binghamton NY 13905

Saturday, September 27, 2014 11:00 AM - Ontario County - Canandaigua, NY

Finger Lakes Community College
3325 Marvin Sands Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - Herkimer County - Herkimer College (HCCC)

Hummel Corporate and Professional Education Center Amphitheatre
100 Reservoir Road
Herkimer, NY 13350

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - Onondaga, County - Syracuse, NY

SUNY ESF
Gateway Building Rooms A,B,C
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - Schenectady County - SCCC

Schenectady County Community College
Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
78 Washington Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12305

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - Staten Island, NY - 2800 Victory Blvd

The College of Staten Island
Willianson Theater
2800 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10314

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - Suffolk County - Stony Brook University

Student Activities Center
West Campus Ballroom A
100 Nichols Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - Westchester County - Purchase College, SUNY

Recital Hall
Conservatory of Music
735 Anderson Hill Rd
Purchase, NY 10577

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 07:00 PM - Greene County - Catskill

Catskill High School Gymnasium
341 West Main Street
Catskill, NY 12414

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 07:00 PM - Nassau County - Roosevelt, NY

Roosevelt Fire Department
56 West Centennial Ave
Roosevelt, NY 11575

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 06:00 PM - NYC - Harlem CCNY

The City College of New York
The Great Hall
Shepard Hall Building, 2nd floor
Convent Avenue at 139th Street
New York, NY 10031

Saturday, September 20, 2014 11:00 AM - Nassau County - Uniondale, NY

Uniondale Public Library
400 Uniondale Avenue
Uniondale, NY 11553

Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 AM - Allegany County - Alfred State College

Student Leadership Center
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, NY 14802

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 07:00 PM - Nassau County - Valley Stream

American Legion - Post 854
51 Roosevelt Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 07:00 PM - Queens, NY - Rockaway Park

Martin De Porres High School
140 Beach 112 Street
Rockaway Park, NY 11694

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 06:00 PM - Madison County - Morrisville

SUNY Morrisville
Student Activities Building Theater
80 Eaton Street
Morrisville, NY 13408

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 05:30 PM - Delaware County - Margaretville

Margaretville Central School
415 Main Street
Margaretville, NY 12455

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 09:00 AM - Genesee County - City Church Generation Center

City Church Generation Center
15 Center Street
Batavia, NY 14020

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:00 PM - NYC Greenwich House Senior Center

Greenwich House Senior Center at Our Lady of Pompeii
25 Carmine Street
New York, NY 10014

Monday, September 15, 2014 06:30 PM - Nassau County - Long Beach

Long Beach Public City Hall
1 West Chester Street
Long Beach, NY 11561

Monday, September 15, 2014 06:00 PM - Lewis County - Turin, NY

South Lewis Central School Auditorium
4264 Co Rd 43
Turin, NY 13473

Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM - Schoharie County - SUNY Cobleskill

Bouck Theater
Bouck Auditorium
107 Schenectady Aveune
Cobleskill, NY 12043

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 07:00 PM - Nassau County - Lawrence, NY

Five Towns Community Center
270 Lawrence Avenue
Lawrence, NY 11559

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 06:30 PM - Bronx, NY - JHS162

The Lola Rodriguez de Tio/JHS162
600 St. Ann’s Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 06:30 PM - Nassau County - Jericho, NY

Jericho Public Library
1 Merry Lane
Jericho, NY 11753

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 07:00 PM - Nassau County - Glen Cove, NY

Glen Cove Public Library
4 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Cove, NY 11542

Monday, September 8, 2014 07:00 PM - Nassau County - Port Washington, NY

Port Washington Senior Citizens Center
80 Manorhaven Boulevard
Port Washington, NY 11050

Thursday, September 4, 2014 06:30 PM - Staten Island, NY - All Saints Church

All Saints Church
2329 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10314

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 01:00 PM - Nassau County - Elmont

Elmont Public Library
700 Hempstead Turnpike
Elmont, NY 11003

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 05:30 PM - Livingston County - Geneseo

Doty Hall
SUNY Geneseo
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 06:00 PM - Schoharie County - Cobleskill

Bouck Theater
Bouck Auditorium
107 Schenectady Aveune
Cobleskill, NY 12043

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 07:00 PM - New York City

United Nations International School (UNIS)
24-50 FDR Drive (just North of 23rd Street)
New York, NY 10010

Thursday, August 7, 2014 06:30 PM - Orange County - Middletown, NY

Mulberry House Senior Center
62-70 West Main Street
Middletown, NY 10940

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 06:30 PM - Nassau County - Oceanside Public Library

Oceanside Public Library
30 Davison Ave
Oceanside, NY 11572

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 06:00 PM - New York City - Roosevelt Island

Manhattan Park Theater Club
8 River Road #1B
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

Saturday, August 2, 2014 10:30 AM - Nassau County - Baldwin Public Library

Baldwin Public Library
2385 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 06:00 PM - SUNY Oswego - Sheldon Hall Ballroom

Sheldon Hall Ballroom
7060 Route 104
Oswego, NY 13126-3599

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 06:00 PM - New York City - Cooper Union

Cooper Union: The Great Hall
7 East 7th Street (at 3rd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:00 PM - Monroe County - Aquinas Institute of Rochester

Wegman-Napier Gym
1127 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613

Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:00 AM - Erie County - Buffalo

Waterfront Elementary #95
95 Fourth Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 06:00 PM - New York City

Fordham University
Pope Auditorium
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 06:00 PM - Essex County - Lake Placid

Lussi Ballroom - Conference Center at Lake Placid
2608 Main Street
Lake Placid, NY 12946

Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:00 AM - Steuben County - Hornell

Hornell High School
134 Seneca Street
Hornell, NY 14843

Saturday, July 12, 2014 09:00 AM - Cattaraugus County - Olean General Hospital

Olean General Hospital
515 Main Street
Olean, NY 14760

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 06:00 PM - New York City

Grand Street Guild Apartments Community Room
131 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002

Monday, June 30, 2014 05:30 PM - Genesee County - Genesee Community College

The BEST Center, T102
One College Road
Batavia, NY 14020

Saturday, June 28, 2014 10:30 AM - Niagara County

The Conference & Event Center - Niagara Falls
101 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Thursday, June 26, 2014 06:30 PM - Ulster County

Saugerties Senior High School Library
310 Washington Ave Extd.
Saugerties, NY 12477

Thursday, June 26, 2014 06:00 PM - Jefferson County

Dulles State Office Building—11th floor
317 Washington St
Watertown, NY 13601

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:00 AM - Staten Island, NY - College of Staten Island

Center for the Arts - Building 1P - Concert Hall
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314

Sunday, June 22, 2014 02:00 PM - Staten Island, NY

JCC of Staten Island
1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, NY 10312

Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:00 AM - Rensselaer County - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

RPI
East Campus Athletic Village Gymnasium
Troy, NY 12180

Thursday, June 19, 2014 06:00 PM - Brooklyn, NY

Abraham Lincoln High School
2800 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Thursday, June 19, 2014 06:00 PM - New York City - Training in Chinese

Confucius Plaza Community Room - Training will be held in Chinese
33 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Saturday, June 14, 2014 10:00 AM - Clinton County - SUNY Plattsburgh

Warren Ballroom - Angell College Center
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Saturday, June 7, 2014 11:00 AM - Chemung County - Horseheads High School

Horseheads High School Auditorium
401 Fletcher Street
Horseheads, NY 14845

Saturday, June 7, 2014 10:30 AM - Sullivan County - SUNY Sullivan

Grossinger Dining Room - Statler Hall
112 College Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759

Thursday, June 5, 2014 06:00 PM - New York City - P.S. 41

P.S. 41 Greenwich Village School
116 West 11th Street (at 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011

Monday, May 19, 2014 06:00 PM - New York City

Southbridge Towers Community Room
90 Beekman Street
New York, NY 10038

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 03:00 PM - Staten Island, NY

Curtis High School
105 Hamilton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301

Monday, May 12, 2014 06:00 PM - New York City

Bellevue Medical Center - 12th Floor
462 First Avenue at 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

Saturday, May 10, 2014 11:00 AM - Tioga County - Owego

Owego Free Academy High School Auditorium
1 Sheldon Guild Boulevard
Owego, NY 13827

Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:00 AM - Albany County - SUNY Albany

Campus Center Ballroom
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:00 AM - Cayuga County - Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES

Presentation Room
1879 West Genesee Street Road
Auburn, NY 13021

Saturday, April 26, 2014 02:00 PM - New York City

Bard High School Early College
525 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002

Thursday, April 24, 2014 09:30 AM - Chautauqua County - SUNY Fredonia

Williams Center
280 Central Avenue
Fredonia, NY 14063

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 06:00 PM - New York City

Fulton Center Auditorium
119 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011

Saturday, April 12, 2014 02:00 PM - New York City

Two Bridges Community Room
82 Rutgers Slip, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10002

Saturday, April 12, 2014 10:00 AM - Onondaga County - Syracuse

Onondaga Community College - Gordon Center Great Room
4585 W. Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215

Saturday, April 5, 2014 10:00 AM - St Lawrence County - SUNY Canton

Roo's House
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

Saturday, March 29, 2014 11:00 AM - Cortland County - SUNY Cortland

Corey Union Function Room
103 Prospect Street
Cortland, NY 13045

Saturday, March 29, 2014 11:00 AM - Tompkins County - Cornell University

Statler Hall Auditorium
130 Statler Drive
Ithaca, NY 14853

Saturday, March 15, 2014 10:00 AM - Broome County - Binghamton University

Events Center
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850

Saturday, March 8, 2014 11:00 AM - Putnam County

Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility
39 Seminary Hill Road
Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512

Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:00 AM - Schenectady County - Union College

College Park Hall
450 Nott Street
Schenectady, NY 12308

Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:00 AM - Mohawk Valley

SUNY Institute of Technology
5701 Horatio Street
Utica, New York 13502

Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:00 AM - Rockland County

North Rockland High School
106 Hammond Road
Thiells, New York 10984

Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:00 AM - Farmingdale NY - Farmingdale State College

2350 Broadhollow Road
Roosevelt Hall, Multipurpose Room
Farmingdale, New York 11735

Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:00 AM - Staten Island NY - New Dorp High School

New Dorp High School
465 New Drop Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306

Questions about the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps? Email: NYPrepare@dhses.ny.gov