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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

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

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


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

    Roosevelt Fire Department
    56 West Centennial Ave
    Roosevelt, NY 11575                   Register


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

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


    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                   Register


    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                   Register


    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                   Register


    Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 AM - St Lawrence County - Clarkson University

    Student Center
    8 Clarkson Avenue
    Potsdam, NY 13699                   Register


    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                   Register


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

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


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

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


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

    Baldwin Gym
    907 Upper Front Street
    Binghamton NY 13905                   Register


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

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


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

    Hempstead Public Library
    115 Nichols Ct.
    Hempstead, NY 11550                   Register


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

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


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

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


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

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


    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                   Register


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

    Hebrew Educational Society
    9502 Seaview Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11236                   Register


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

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


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

    Brookhaven Town Hall Auditorium
    One Independence Hill
    Farmingville, NY 11738                   Register


    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                   Register


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

    Cornerstone Program @ Campos Plaza II
    611 East 13th Street
    New York, NY 10009                   Register


    Saturday, October 4, 2014 10:00 AM - Saratoga County - Skidmore College

    Gannet Auditorium
    Palamountain Hall
    815 North Broadway
    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866                   Register


    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                   Register


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

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


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.

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