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Free Citizen Preparedness Training Continues In Southern Tier

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (March 10, 2015) —  In partnership with New York State, the American Red Cross is offering free Citizen Preparedness Corps training sessions throughout the Southern Tier in March. The session is called Prepare, Respond, Recover: What To Do When Disaster Strikes, and here are the details:

Who: The training sessions are 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:
7 p.m. Monday, March 16, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, 1001 Park St., Endicott
6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, New Berlin Library, 15 South Main St., New Berlin
11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, Moore Memorial Library, 59 Genesee St., Greene
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, Earlville Free Library, 4 North Main St., Earlville
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Broome County Public Library, 185 Court St., Binghamton

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.

Anyone attending an in-person session between now and the end of March will be entered into a drawing to win a free generator. For more information about the training session or to schedule Citizen Preparedness Corps Training for your organization, please contact Nick Ponterio, American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Associate, at (607) 785-7207 or nicholas.ponterio@redcross.org.

FLOODING PREPS As temperatures begin to rise, Red Cross staff and volunteers are preparing to meet community needs in case of potential flooding in the coming weeks. Residents are urged to put together an emergency preparedness kit in case of evacuation, including:

 At least a 3-day supply of water and non-perishable food
 First Aid kit
 Medications
 Personal hygiene items
 Copies of personal documents
 Cell phone and chargers
 Family and emergency contact information

If a flood warning is issued, residents should head for higher ground and stay there. Stay away from flood waters; six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep a person off his feet. Do not drive on flooded roads; most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water. Download the free Red Cross Flood App from iTunes or Google Play for safety tips and real time weather warnings. Additional flood safety and emergency preparedness information is available at redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org/southerntier or follow us on Facebook at redcross.org/southerntier and Twitter @OneRedCrossCNY.