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09-19-2014

Clarkson University to Host Free NYS Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training, Sept. 27

Clarkson University will host a session of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training Program on Saturday, September 27, at 10 a.m. in the Student Center (#15 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf ).

Citizen Preparedness Starter Kit, containing emergency supplies as the start of their own emergency preparedness kit.This free two-hour training session, conducted by New York National Guard troops, is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Governor Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Training Program provides residents with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
 
Each participant will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Starter Kit (one per family), containing emergency supplies as the start of their own emergency preparedness kit. The backpack is stocked with a first-aid kit, pocket radio with batteries, food bars, emergency blanket, flashlight and other key items to help citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. In addition, everyone who attends will receive a wallet-sized "Z-Card" with emergency preparedness information and a certificate of completion.

Anyone who is interested in attending must pre-register for the course online at http://www.nyprepare.gov/aware-prepare/nysprepare/registration .

The program was designed by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and 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.
 
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senator Joseph A. Griffo, State Senator Patty A. Ritchie, Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators Chair Jonathan Putney and Potsdam Town Supervisor Marie Regan are cosponsoring the training.

New York National Guard troops, working with experts from the New York State DHSES and local emergency management personnel, are holding these classes across the state.

For more information about the event, call the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs at 518-786-6186, or Master Sgt. Ray Drumsta at 518-786-6151.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University will host New York State Citizen Emergency Preparedness training on Saturday, September 27, at 10 a.m. in the Student Center. Advance registration is required. Each person attending will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Starter Kit (one per family), pictured above, containing emergency supplies as the start of their own emergency preparedness kit.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/emergency-backpack.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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