Updated: 07/26/2014 11:22 AM
Created: 07/26/2014 11:06 AM WHEC.com
By: Howard Thompson
The National Guard is holding a special training session for residents in the Rochester area under a new initiative from Governor Cuomo.
Troops will be holding a citizen preparedness training program at Aquinas Institute on Dewey Avenue (in the Wegman-Napier gym) Saturday afternoon. The session starts at 12 p.m. and is expected to last two hours. The training is suppose to help residents be more prepared for natural disasters and emergencies. The program will cover a number of topics on how to respond to a disaster as a citizen and each family will receive a free emergency kit -- which includes first aid items, a radio, food and other items needed in a disaster.
The event is free to attend and you don't need to signup. Governor Cuomo launched the program earlier this year with the goal of training about 100,000 residents across the state. Governor Cuomo said during the launch that he wants citizens to be more prepared to respond to disasters.
“We want our state's citizens to be the most prepared in the nation for natural disasters as we continue to re-imagine New York for a new reality,” said Governor Cuomo. “Through the Citizen Preparedness Corps, New Yorkers will also be better prepared to help their communities. Our goal of training 100,000 New Yorkers to be their own first responder in their communities will make New York even more equipped to face future challenges.”