NEW HARTFORD, N.Y.-The New York National Guard in cooperation with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services presented a disaster preparedness class Thursday night.
The class was held at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES in New Hartford.
The 90-minute presentation, presented by Benjamin Massarini, a 1st Lieutenant with the New York Army National Guard, focused on natural disasters, active shooter training, motor vehicle accidents, and winter storms, as well how to be safe in those situations.
Massarini says that it is very important for the public to know what to do in an emergency, as they will likely be one of the first on scene before emergency crews arrive.
“One of the major things that I like to talk to people about is, if you are going to be driving especially in your vehicle, have some water in your vehicle bring some extra food with you”. said Massarini.
"Have a blanket on hand, you never know what is going to happen and if you get caught out in a storm because of an accident or anything else you're going to want some emergency supplies in that vehicle to make sure you can make it through those couple hours you might be stuck there."
Those who attended the class Thursday received a free Citizen Preparedness Kit, which includes a first-aid kit, face mask, pocket radio with batteries, food bars, emergency blanket and other key items to help citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.