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What To Do When Disaster Strikes

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter
The program provides a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters.

In partnership with New York State, the American Red Cross is offering a free Citizen Preparedness Corps training session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Namaste Montessori School in Ithaca. The session is called Prepare, Respond, Recover: What To Do When Disaster Strikes, and here are the details:

Who: The training session is free and open to the public.

What: A trained representative from the American Red Cross will conduct a session of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program. The program lasts about one hour and provides a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters, and how to respond to and recover from them.

When/Where: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Namaste Montessori School, 1608 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca.

Why: The American Red Cross has a mission of ensuring our communities are prepared for disasters. Gov. Cuomo’s Citizen Preparedness Corps 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. Since New York is at high risk for man-made, technological and natural disasters, the Red Cross is presenting the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program throughout New York State to encourage residents to be better prepared.

For more information about the training session or to schedule Citizen Preparedness Corps Training for your organization, please contact Jill Deskins, American Red Cross Disaster Program Manager, at (607) 785-7207 or jill.deskins@redcross.org. For more emergency preparedness information, visit www.redcross.org/prepare and www.prepare.ny.gov/.