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Farmingdale State to host disaster preparedness workshops

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks before Nassau

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks before Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is sworn into office for his second term by Supreme Court Justice Thomas Feinman at Bethpage High School in Bethpage. (Jan. 2, 2014) Credit: Howard Schnapp

Long Island will play host to the first in a series of state disaster preparedness workshops aimed at training New Yorkers on emergency response.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sunday that the state will launch the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program on Saturday at Farmingdale State College with the goal of hosting similar workshops throughout the state this year and providing training for up to 100,000 New Yorkers.

"Severe weather events are becoming more frequent and extreme, and to make sure that our communities are safe, we need more New Yorkers than ever to be prepared and trained to respond," Cuomo said in a statement.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature training sessions led by the New York National Guard, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Cuomo said. Local emergency management officials will also be on hand for the training sessions that will include advice on developing a family emergency plan and tips on stocking up on emergency supplies.

"In times of emergency or extreme difficulty caused by a disaster, it is often citizens in their homes or on their residential blocks who are immediately faced with the need to respond," said Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer in a statement.

"This training effort will better prepare them for the types of response activities they should engage in to safeguard themselves and their families and possibly their neighbors."

Cuomo's office said space is limited for the program being held Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Farmingdale State College's Roosevelt Hall.

Those interested in attending are required to register online at nysprepare.

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