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More than 100,000 New Yorkers trained for emergencies and disasters

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Staff writer ▼ | March 23, 2016
More than 100,000 New Yorkers have taken the Citizen Preparedness Corps training since its inception in 2014.
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The program seeks to provide citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

“Through the Citizen Preparedness Corps, we have provided New Yorkers with the critical assistance and resources necessary to properly respond whenever a disaster strikes,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.

“This program uses a proven approach that has helped prepare our citizens for this new normal, and we will continue working with our first response teams to build a stronger and safer New York.”

Launched in 2014, Citizen Preparedness training provides individuals with information to better respond to any type of natural or man-made disaster.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the New York National Guard, and the American Red Cross provide the training courses across the state every week.

To date, instructors have conducted almost 2,000 courses across the state in several languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Haitian Creole, Burmese, Karan and Cantonese. Additionally, instructors have conducted customized courses to address specific needs for the elderly, the blind and the deaf.