Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared September as Preparedness Month across the state and is encouraging New Yorkers to review disaster plans, according to a media release from the governor’s office.
“New York has experienced some of the most devastating natural disasters in our state’s history in recent years, as well as the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil in our nation’s history,” Cuomo said in the release. “This September, I urge all New Yorkers to form emergency plans and make sure they are prepared in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.”
Locally, Schoharie County issued a proclamation offering Preparedness Month tips, including encouraging area residents to build an emergency kit containing fresh water, food and warm clothing or blankets; create plans for how to handle emergencies; and stay informed in emergency situations; and getting involved by learning first aid, volunteering with local first responders or participating in community exercises.
Preparedness Month is a national effort, now in its ninth year, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps. It is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities.
New Yorkers can receive alert messages specific to an address, municipality or county by subscribing to the NY-ALERT system. To subscribe, visit www.nyalert.gov or www.ialertz.com.
Information about emergency preparedness is available online at www.nyprepare.gov. This website serves as a clearinghouse of safety and preparedness information from the State agency websites of the Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Health, the Office of Counter Terrorism, the State Police, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Department of Financial Services, and the Department of Agriculture and Markets, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the American Red Cross.