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Gov. Cuomo visits SUNYIT, talks disaster preparation
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Governor Cuomo was in Utica, Saturday, to discuss important issues surrounding emergency disaster preparedness.
Cuomo is launching a new program across the state called, The Citizen Preparedness Corps Training. The program will aim to provide 100,000 New Yorkers with the tools and resources they will need to prepare for emergencies and natural disasters.
This stems from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, where hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers were left devastated by a storm that was initially projected to miss a large part of the state that was hit hardest.
Cuomo said that the program will provide an introduction to developing family emergency plans, and teach what supplies will need to be stocked up on to prepare for a natural disaster.
"New Yorkers in these situations really want to be of assistance and want to help one another," said Cuomo. "The spirit that they have that I have seen all across the state is really inspirational.
"If we put that spirit together with training and right equipment it's going to be a powerful force."
It was also announced that each training participant will receive a free response kit including specific essential supplies for proper preparation.