Free emergency preparedness training at New Paltz VFW on June 6

Disasters happen. Lighthouse Dr. in Saugerties during Hurricane Irene in 2012. (Photo by Robert Ford)

New York National Guard troops, in conjunction with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will be presenting a free disaster preparedness class at VFWPost 8645 in New Paltz on Wednesday, June 6.

The two-hour program will kick off at 7 p.m. The VFW Post is located at 101 Rt. 208.


The event is opened to any interested citizen and no sign-up in advance is required.

The event is part of the state’s Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which provides citizens with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and local emergency management personnel, troops are conducting these training events across the state. The program covers a broad range of emergency-preparedness topics, including developing a family emergency plan, stocking up on emergency supplies, and registering for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system.

Emergency preparedness is part and parcel of the New York National Guard’s mission and experience, according to New York State Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Anthony German.

“The men and women of the New York Army and Air National Guard, who have responded to help their fellow New Yorkers during floods, hurricanes, and snow storms, know first-hand the value of being prepared for emergencies,” German said.

“Our Soldiers and Airmen are proud to be part of Governor Cuomo’s effort to help our fellow citizens prepare to cope with disasters and emergencies,” German added.

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