Community invited to Disaster Preparedness training
March 9, 2017
The community is invited to attend a two-hour Disaster Preparedness training program presented by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services on Friday, March 17 at 1 p.m. in the high school.
Offered during the district’s professional development day, the course will provide DCS staff and local residents who register with tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
A key component of the training is the distribution of free NYS Disaster Preparedness Kits to each family who registers and attends in-person.
Individuals and families who would like to attend must sign up at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/aware-prepare/nysprepare/index.cfm and click on the registration link under the course listing for Duanesburg. They are encouraged to register as soon as possible to provide the state with accurate count for disaster preparedness kits.
The training provides an introduction to responding to a natural disaster, such as severe weather, or a 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.
Trainers will supply information on what organizations can provide 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 ALERT System (EAS). Participants will also be encouraged to get more involved in existing community-based emergency activities that may be organized through local schools, businesses or community-based organizations.
New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Kits to be distributed at the training contain key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. As an individual, a family member, and member of their community, it is essential that citizens take a few basic steps to be prepared; their quality of life and their loved ones may depend on it. Often during an emergency, electricity, heat, air conditioning or telephone service may not work. Citizens should be prepared to make it on their own for at least 7-10 days or even longer.
Training participants will receive information about the other supplies and personal information that they should add to their kit.