Local first responders agree with Governor's emergency preparedness plans


ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined a bold agenda for 2013 including more emergency preparedness in the state in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. One of his plans is to create a Citizen Education Campaign focused on preparing all New Yorkers as "in-house first responders."

The Governor's idea is for when crisis like Hurricane Sandy hit, everyday people will be able to help first responders by knowing first aid, CPR or by being prepared with first aid kit filled with essentials like water and flashlights.

Local first responders say this would greatly help especially with today's economy and budget cuts.

"What we're faced with now is kind of going back in time but neighbors and friends need to start watching out for each other more and more now," said Kevin Revere, Director of Oneida County Emergency Services. "You can't exclusively think that others are going to take care of us."

Revere says this goes for not just major disasters like hurricane Sandy, but even house fires, accidents, where preparedness could save lifes.

"Seconds count when it's an emergency," said Revere. "The more people trained in CPR and can help, it could make the difference between life and death plain and simple."

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