Citizen Preparedness Training Program Event in Lake Placid This Evening

Governor's Initiative Teaches Citizens How to Be Ready for Emergencies and Disasters

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New York Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Joseph Hernon leading a Citizens Emergency Preparedness Corps session in Watertown, N.Y. on June 26, 2014. (SFC Ray Drumsta)

LAKE PLACID, NY (07/15/2014)(readMedia)-- New York National Guard troops will be holding a session of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Training Program at at the Conference Center at Lake Placid here at 6 p.m. this evening.

WHO: New York National Guard trainers and state and local emergency management officials.

WHAT: New York National Guard troops will be conducting a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Training Program. The event is expected to last approximately two hours.

WHEN: 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16.

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

Media Opportunity:

Interviews with New York National Guard troops and citizens.


Governor Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Training Program provides residents with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

New York National Guard troops, working with experts from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and local emergency management personnel, are holding classes with the goal of teaching approximately 100,000 New Yorkers during 2014.

The program was designed by DHSES and covers a broad range of emergency preparedness topics, like developing a family emergency plan, stocking up on emergency supplies, and registering for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system. Participants will receive a training certificate, a wallet-sized "Z-Card" with emergency preparedness information, 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. The classes include information about what other supplies and personal information citizens should add to their kits.

For more information about the event, call the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs at (518)786-6186, or Sgt. 1st Class Ray Drumsta at 607-592-2070

For more information on the program and emergency preparedness, visit