Contact: Kristin Devoe
September 01, 2016



The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services reminded New Yorkers that September is National Preparedness Month and urged residents everywhere to learn what they can do to be better prepared to protect their loved ones, homes and businesses, against natural and man-made emergencies or disasters.


John P. Melville, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services said, “It is important that people know what to do during an emergency, make sure that proper emergency supplies are available at home and at work, and to be informed and aware of events that are going on or are forecast to occur.  The best way to get emergency information is by subscribing to NY-ALERT, the State’s alert and notification system.” 

To subscribe and learn more about NY-ALERT, the State’s free, all-hazards alerting system, visit

Kevin Wisely, Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Services and Director of the State Office of Emergency Management said, “No matter what season, emergency preparedness should be a priority for all New Yorkers,”.  As the State plans to prepare for possible impacts from Tropical Storm Hermine, individuals should prepare their families, homes and businesses as well.  We all need to do our part to be better prepare ourselves, our loved ones, and our pets for emergencies and disasters.”

As part of its continuing efforts to provide tools and resources to prepare all individuals for any type of disaster, and to respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions, Governor Cuomo launched the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training in 2014.  Trainings are led by the New York National Guard, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control and also taught by volunteers from the American Red Cross. Since its inception, over 125,000 people from across the state have become better prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster. Classes have been also taught in Spanish, Russian, Haitian Creole, Burmese, Karen, and Chinese.

During September, courses will be held in the following communities:


Thursday, September 8, 2016 – Long Island

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Bay Shore - Brightwaters Public Library

1 South Country Road

Brightwaters, New York 11718


Saturday, September 10, 2016 - Manhattan

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Bethel Gospel Assembly Church

2 East 120th Street

Manhattan, New York 10035


Saturday, September 10, 2016 – Long Island

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Port Jefferson Village Center

101 E Broadway

Port Jefferson, New York 11777


Saturday, September 10, 2016 - Brooklyn

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

The Church of Latter Day Saints

1218 Glenwood Rd

Brooklyn, New York 11230


Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - Staten Island

1:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Immanuel Union Church

693 Jewett Ave

Staten Island, New York 10314


Thursday, September 15, 2016 - Rochester

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Irondequoit Public Library

1290 Titus Ave.

Rochester, New York 14617


Thursday, September 15, 2016 - Paul Smiths

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Paul Smith’s College - Joan Weill Student Center, The Pine Room

7777 NY-30

Paul Smiths, New York 12970


Saturday, September 17, 2016 - Brooklyn

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

The Church of Latter Day Saints

This training will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese

828 60th St

Brooklyn, New York 11220


Saturday, September 17, 2016 - Brooklyn

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Church of Latter Day Saints

This training will be conducted in Spanish

828 60th St

Brooklyn, New York 11220


Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Staten Island

04:00 pm to 05:30 pm

JCC of Staten Island

1466 Manor Road

Staten Island, New York 10314


Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – Broome County

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Whitney Point High School

10 Keibel Road

Whitney Point, New York 13862


Friday, September 26, 2016 - Chautauqua County

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Reg Lenna Center for the Arts

116 East Third Street

Jamestown, New York 14701


Monday, September 26, 2016 - Manhattan

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center

415 E 93rd St.

Manhattan, New York 10128


Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - Bronx

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

BronxWorks Heights Neighborhood Senior Center

200 West Tremont Avenue

Bronx, New York 10453


Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - Elmira

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Ernie David Academy

933 Hoffman St.

Elmira, New York 14905


Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – Wayne County

6:30 pm to 08:00 pm

Williamson Town Court

6380 Route 21

Williamson, New York 14589


Thursday, September 29, 2016 – Schenectady

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Schenectady Armory

125 Washington Ave

Schenectady, NY 12305


Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Manhattan

12:15 pm to 01:45 pm

Project Find, Hamilton House

141 West 73 St.

Manhattan, New York 10023


Friday, September 30, 2016 - Johnstown

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Fulton Montgomery Community College

Visual Arts and Communication Building

2805 NY-67

Johnstown, New York 12095


New courses are being added every day. To register for any of these courses, visit A condensed version is available online at


Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” will be returning for this September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. 


Each week will focus of a specific action to prepare

  • Week 1 - Kickoff to National Preparedness Month:  August 28th –September 3rd
  • Week 2 - Preparing Family & Friends:  September 4th –10th
  • Week 3 - Preparing Through Service:  September 11th-17th
  • Week 4 - Individual Preparedness:  September 18th – 24th
  • Week 5 - Lead up to National PrepareAthon Day:  September 25th – 30th                                                       

The State’s observance is part of the National Preparedness Month campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s  The nationwide effort is designed to increase awareness, as well as encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to take action to prepare for emergencies.




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