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National Guard to offer disaster prep classes tonight

Free disaster preparedness classes will be held tonight by New York National Guard troops at the Hauppauge Public Library.

Offered statewide through the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program initiated by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the event is aimed at giving residents the tools and knowledge needed to prepare for disasters and emergencies, how to respond accordingly and engage for a quick recovery, according to a news release.

A sweeping range of emergency-preparedness topics will be covered at the seminar, designed by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, including how to develop a family emergency plan, register for NY-Alert, a free statewide emergency alert system, and what emergency supplies to buy, the news release stated.

More than 28,680 people have attended about 215 events since the program's launch in February last year, including at Stony Brook University. Participants will be given a training certificate and a wallet-sized card to keep pertinent emergency information handy.

The class begins at 7 p.m. Those wishing to attend must register by calling the library at 631-979-1600. Suffolk County Library Card holders can register online using the library's event calendar. Seating is limited. For more information about the program and emergency preparedness, call 1-866-SAFE-NYS or visit

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