Red Cross to Host Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program 3/24 In Valatie
VALATIE, N.Y. (Friday, March 9, 2018) — Last year, the American Red Cross launched wide-ranging relief efforts to help people devastated by three historic back-to-back hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, and Maria — followed closely by the deadliest week of wildfires in California history.
With severe weather and natural disasters becoming increasingly commonplace nationwide, the American Red Cross Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter in partnership with New York State will host a free Citizen Preparedness Corps training session titled, “Prepare, Respond, Recover: What to Do When Disaster Strikes” on Saturday, March 24 from 9-10:30 a.m. at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell (3230 Church St, Valatie, N.Y. 12184).
The 90-minute program will provide information about common types of natural and man-made disasters and teach effective ways to prepare for, respond to and recover from them as an individual, family and community. Topics slated to be discussed include: communication plans, fire safety, severe weather preparedness, basic first aid, evacuation plans, emergency supply kits, pet safety, and registering for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system.
“Since the resources that we typically depend on following a natural or man-made disaster are not always readily available to us, it’s especially important to be appropriately prepared,” said Bridget Delcoure, director of recreation at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell. “We are delighted to be able to offer this free, informative training event to our community.”
Following the session, participants will receive a training certificate and a wallet-sized “Z-Card” with emergency preparedness information.