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SCHENECTADY—The New York Army National Guard is offering a free emergency preparedness course this Thursday, May 24, at 6 p.m. at the Schenectady Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, located at 526 Altamont Avenue in Schenectady.
Army National Guard Lt. Kevin Valenti will educate participants about the basic principles of emergency preparedness, response and recovery in the event of disaster. According to Valenti, the course, which lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, is 80 percent focused on preparedness in a variety of potential disasters, from hurricanes and floods to active shooter situations. Valenti said that he dedicates a whole section to active shooter preparedness and tends to tailor other topics to upcoming seasonal threats.
Following the course, participants can receive Citizen Preparedness Corps certification, through a program led by the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. The Corps training program was created by the Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo following Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and is recognized by numerous state agencies such as the Department of Health, Office of Mental Health and the Office of Child and Family Services.
Developed by DHSES, preparedness topics include: developing a family emergency plan; stocking up on emergency supplies; registering for NY-Alert, a free statewide emergency alert system; and building a “Go-Bag,” containing items such as a first aid kit, water, safety goggles, a pocket radio, duct tape and more.
The training is free and open to the public.