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Free Citizen Preparedness Training February 24 in Norwich

NORWICH, N.Y. (Feb. 19, 2015) —  In partnership with New York State, the American Red Cross is offering a free Citizen Preparedness Corps training session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Guernsey Memorial Library in Norwich. 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: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Guernsey Memorial Library, 3 Court St., Norwich.

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 Nick Ponterio, American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Associate, at (607) 785-7207 or For more emergency preparedness information, visit and

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, please visit or follow us on Facebook at or Twitter @OneRedCrossCNY.