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Disaster Preparedness Training

Disaster Preparedness Training

HORNELL (WENY) -- Many areas throughout Upstate New York are still cleaning up after the devastation this week's tornadoes and widespread storms left behind.
     Now, the state is working to make sure people are more prepared for emergency situations.
      If people want to learn about how to be prepared for a disaster like Tuesday's storm and tornadoes, an event at the Hornell High School Auditorium on Saturday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will provide them with those very tools.
     The New York State Nation Guard will teach people how to be prepared for any type of disaster, before it happens.
     It's a part of the state's Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program.
     The class is free and lasts about two hours.    
     Each family that goes, will get a disaster preparedness backpack filled with things like a flashlight, water, food bars, an emergency blanket, and a pocket radio with batteries.
     "This new normal of extreme weather is a challenge for government. It is a challenge for first responders, and it is a challenge for every citizen in this state," said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
     "I think it's timely and I think I share the Governor's opinion that this is going to be the norm. Not to scare people. This basically is to prepare people and make sure they're not caught short in an emergency," said Shawn Hogan, Mayor of the City of Hornell.
      The event is open to the public, but you have to register in advance and show ID at check in.
     Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
     About 150 people have already signed up for the Hornell session.
     You can register online http://prepare.ny.gov/training-events