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 http://on.ny.gov/Prepare
  • 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 www.facebook.com/NYSDHSES 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 www.nyalert.gov.

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 www.redcross.org/prepare or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information.
  • Go through the free Be Red Cross Ready training now at http://arcbrcr.org.
  • Mobile apps available – http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.
  • In the Southern Tier NY, call (607) 785-7207 to schedule a free preparedness training for your group or organization.

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