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Erie County: Citizen Preparedness Corps training events scheduled at 5 different public libraries


Mon, May 8th 2023 10:10 am

Local residents will be provided resources to help prepare for various emergencies and disasters

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) recently announced five training sessions will be held later this month for local residents “to learn how to properly prepare for any type of disaster.”

A press release stated, “The New York Citizen Preparedness Training Program will provide attendees the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to predisaster conditions. New York National Guard troops, working with experts from the DHSES along with local emergency management personnel, will hold classes across the state, including the five sessions scheduled in Erie County.”

Poloncarz said, “This program will cover a broad range of emergency preparedness topics and provide guidance on how to develop a family emergency plan, what emergency supplies should be acquired prior to a disaster, and other important tips and reminders. Following the two intense winter weather events we experienced last year, these training sessions should be something that residents of Erie County consider attending. The information that will be provided will prove to be invaluable should an emergency situation or disaster strike our region in the future.”

Library Director John Spears said, “Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries are pleased to provide the space needed for these special training sessions. We believe in the importance of helping to build and continuing to strengthen our community, and utilizing our facilities in urban, suburban and rural neighborhoods provides convenient and accessible locations for our patrons to learn more about severe weather events and how to be prepared for a wide variety of disasters.”

All participants will receive a training certificate and a wallet-sized “Z-Card” listing specific emergency preparedness information. Each household represented will also be eligible to bring home one “preparedness kit” bookbag full of emergency supplies.

Details on the local training events are as follows:

•Saturday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road

•Sunday, May 21, 1-3 p.m.

Buffalo & Erie County Central Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo

•Tuesday, May 23, 5-7 p.m.

Town of Collins Public Library, 2341 Main St., Collins

•Wednesday, May 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Branch Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo

•Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lancaster Public Library, 5466 Broadway

All participants must register in advance. For information on how to register, visit www.dhses.ny.gov

For more information:

√ About the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps, visit www.prepare.ny.gov

√ About the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System, visit www.buffalolib.org

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