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August 13, 2015

Citizen Preparedness Corps Training at the 2015 Great New York State Fair Kicks off National Preparedness Month

Free disaster preparedness training course teaches attendees how to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and manmade disasters and emergencies

The Great New York State Fair will host two free training courses through the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps Training, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.  The training sessions provide New Yorkers with critical information and a free backpack of resources useful in emergencies and to prepare for any type of disaster, to respond accordingly, and to recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Two training classes will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, August 31, and from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1 in the Empire Theater at the Art and Home Center on the Fairgrounds.  Pre-registration is required and can be completed on the New York State Prepare website.  These trainings coincide with the Fair’s Senior Citizens’ Days, where senior citizens sixty years of age and older are offered free admission with ID showing their date of birth.

“We’re very excited to bring this essential training to the Great New York State Fair,” said Waffner.  “It is important for all New Yorkers to learn how to prepare for any emergency and this course will provide valuable information that people from across the state will benefit from long after the Fair is over.”

The training kicks off National Preparedness Month, a nationwide campaign conducted annually each September to increase public awareness about emergencies, with a focus on actions that can be taken before disaster strikes.  This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Don’t Wait.  Communicate.  Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”  Every week in September will focus on a different type of disaster flood, wildfire, hurricane, and power outages.
The Citizen Preparedness Corps training curriculum was developed by experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Offices of Emergency Management (OEM) and Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) and is led by instructors from the New York National Guard.  All training sessions are coordinated with local county emergency management personnel, and provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster.

Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies.  A key component of this training is the distribution of free New York State Disaster Preparedness Kits to all participants (one per family) containing key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.  The state training and kits will help New Yorkers be the most-trained and best-prepared citizens in the country.

DHSES Commissioner John P. Melville said, “Disasters and emergencies can strike anyone, anywhere in the state, whether it’s a small kitchen fire or a large-scale natural disaster, as we experienced during Superstorm Sandy.  This free training course can prepare attendees for any type of emergency and teaches the basic skills needed to stay safe before, during and after disaster strikes.”

Division of Military and Naval Affairs General Patrick Murphy, Adjutant General of New York said, “Our New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen know the importance of being prepared for emergencies and we're proud that our service members are involved in training New Yorkers in accordance with Governor Cuomo's vision of preparing New Yorkers to deal with weather disasters.  The Great New York State Fair is the perfect venue for our National Guard trainers to bring the preparedness message to large numbers of their fellow citizens.”

Director of the New York State Office for the Aging Corinda Crossdale said, “I applaud Governor Cuomo for making Citizen Preparedness Corps Training available to one of our most vulnerable populations and their families.  Since thousands of older adults will be attending the Great New York State Fair with their families and friends, it presents an ideal venue to reinforce the ongoing need to be prepared in the face of natural and or man-made disasters.  I also thank Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball, General Patrick Murphy of the New York National Guard, and Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services John Melville for their partnership in bringing this training to older New Yorkers.”

The Citizen Preparedness Corps training takes place on Senior Citizens’ Days at the Fair, which drew nearly 146,000 visitors last year.  There is a new reception area for senior group bus and van parking, so a special parking permit for this location will be required.  Please contact the Art and Home Center office at 315.487.7711 ext. 1265 to pre-register for this permit.  Fairgoers are able to make use of the Fair’s internal tram network for free on these two senior days with the service running from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.  These trams travel around the perimeter road, stopping at 11 scheduled stops.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 27 September 7, 2015.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.  

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year.  A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at  New Yorkers are also invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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