Free Emergency Preparedness Training in Poughkeepsie August 10

PLACE HERE, NY (08/09/2018) 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 Friday, August 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The two-hour program begins at 6:30 p.m. The Church of Latter Day Saints is located at 204 Spackenkill Road, Poughkeepsie NY 12603.

This unique training program is presented by members of the New York National Guard.

The event is opened to any interested citizen and no sign-up in advance is required.

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 1,700 events statewide, and taught over 108,000 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. Anthony German.

"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," German 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," German added.

Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies. Participants will receive a training certificate and a wallet-sized "Z Card" with emergency preparedness information. They will also learn how to report suspicious activity and potential threats to authorities with the free "See Something, Send Something" mobile app.

Advanced registration is strongly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. There is no fee for this program.

To register for this free event, contact John Sikora at 914-715 6461 or

For more information on the program and emergency preparedness,