Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announces that the County will host a Citizen Preparedness training seminar offered by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in conjunction with the New York National Guard and the State’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services on Tues., May 16.
The event is open to the public and will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the County’s Emergency Services Center, located at 22 Wells Farm Rd. in Goshen. Those in attendance will receive a complimentary Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit, which includes emergency supplies such as a first aid kit, batteries, blanket and other important items. All participants must register in advance for the seminar at www.prepare.ny.gov.
“We have received a great response to this seminar and the class is always well-attended,” Neuhaus said. “This training is important because it gives Orange County residents the opportunity to learn about basic steps that can protect them and their families in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. We’re glad to have this opportunity to present important information that will be useful to all of the attendees.”
Presenters, which will include a contingent from Orange County’s Division of Emergency Management, will offer tips on responding to a natural or man-made disaster and answer questions from the audience. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies. Proper preparation in the home will be emphasized along with encouragement to ensure that smoke, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are all readily available and working properly.
Trainers will provide information regarding what organizations offer additional support, how to register for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system, and how to be aware of notifications from such sources as the Emergency Broadcast System.
For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 291-3255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.