Individual & Family Preparedness

Information for individuals and their families on how to be prepared for disaster.

New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps

  • In early 2014 Governor Cuomo launched the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program to provide New Yorkers with tools and resources necessary to prepare for a range of disaster scenarios. The Training Program continues today, and in-person and online trainings are available to New Yorkers once again. To learn more, visit
  • To stay informed about current news and events, Citizen Preparedness trainings, emergencies, and preparedness tips, follow the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) on Facebook at or on Twitter at @NYSDHSES

NY – Alert

New Yorkers can sign up for NY-Alert to receive real-time emergency information via the web, cell phone, e-mail, or other technologies. The information posted at NY-Alert includes severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous materials spills, and other emergency condition notifications. For more information or to sign up, visit

American Red Cross

  • The American Red Cross provides emergency preparedness information, videos and tips on how to prepare for a disaster or an emergency. Personalized trainings for groups and organizations are available. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information.
  • Go through the free Be Red Cross Ready training now at
  • Mobile apps available –
  • In the Southern Tier NY, call (607) 785-7207 to schedule a free preparedness training for your group or organization.

For additional information on disaster preparedness guidance and information: