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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

    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 at Campos Plaza

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


    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                   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


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

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


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

    St. Barnabas Church
    159-19 98th Street
    Howard Beach, NY 11414                   Register


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

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