KINGSTON, N.Y. (02/05/2020) (readMedia)-- New York National Guard troops, in conjunction with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will be presenting a free disaster preparedness class at the Golden Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingston on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m.
The program lasts about two hours. The center is located at 99 Golden Hill Drive, Kingston.
.The event is open to any interested citizens but registration is strongly encouraged. To register contact Jeff Hoffman at 845-340-3872.
The event is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which provides citizens with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
Working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and local emergency management personnel, troops are conducting these training events across the state.
Since the program's launch in early February 2014, troops have held more than 3,770 events statewide, and taught over 198,500 citizens how to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters.
The program, designed by DHSES, 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.
The Citizen Preparedness Corps has equipped thousands of New Yorkers to respond better to emergencies and disasters, he stressed.
Emergency preparedness is part and parcel of the New York National Guard's mission and experience, according to New York State Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Ray Shields.
"The men and women of the New York Army and Air National Guard, who have responded to help their fellow New Yorkers during floods, hurricanes, and snow storms, know first-hand the value of being prepared for emergencies," Shields said.
"Our Soldiers and Airmen are proud to be part of Governor Cuomo's effort to help our fellow citizens prepare to cope with disasters and emergencies,"Shields added.
For more information on the program and emergency preparedness, visit:www.nyprepare.gov.