Free Emergency Training

A New York State training program in “citizens’ preparedness,” designed to provide information and tools to help residents prepare for and respond to emergencies and to recover from them as quickly as possible, will be presented on March 22 at the East Hampton Village Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Free disaster preparedness kits, including a flashlight, first aid items, AM/FM radio, emergency blanket, duct tape, and more, will be distributed.

Preregistration is required online at dhes.ny.gov/aware-prepare/nysprepare. Classes can also be taken online, by logging on through the website.

The program will be led by members of the New York National Guard, along with representatives of the Division of Homeland Security, the Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management, and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Participants will be advised on how to prepare for disasters: developing a family emergency plan, stocking up on emergency supplies, and preparing residences. Information will be provided on organizations that can provide support and on how to register for NY-Alert, a free statewide alert system.

The New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps program was launched by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in light of the recent number of severe weather events.

According to the state website, “[I]t is essential that citizens take a few basic steps to be prepared; their quality of life and their loved ones may depend on it. Often during an emergency, electricity, heat, air-conditioning, or telephone service may not work. Citizens should be prepared to make it on their own for at least 7-10 days, maybe longer.”