Are you prepared for a weather disaster?

With severe weather events becoming more frequent and more extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters. Governor Cuomo has launched the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps so residents have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. 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 with encouragement to ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, along with fire extinguishers, are all available and in proper working order.

The program, 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 program will be offered in Syracuse on Monday August 13th at 4 p.m and then again on Tuesday September 1st at 4 p.m. at the Art & Home Center – Empire Theater located in the Syracuse fair grounds.  These prep courses are being offered during the New York State Fair for the price of admission to the New York State Fair.

Seniors can be admitted free to this event and to the NYS Fair the days of the classes. Senior Citizens’ Days is Monday, August 31 & Tuesday, September 1. Senior citizens, sixty (60) years of age and older, are offered free admission on these two days of the Fair. ID showing date of birth may be requested to allow free admittance.

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By Julia Conlan