Governor Cuomo: You are the first responders

By Nicky Hickling
By Perry Russom

March 16, 2014 Updated Mar 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Southern Tier is no stranger to disasters, both natural and manmade.

To make sure you are organized before the next disaster hits, the state is offering training on what you need to prepare. It’s called Citizens Preparedness Corps Training Program.

On Saturday Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a stop at Binghamton University to kick off the training.

"Do you know who the first responders are? You," Cuomo said to the audience.

The goal of the training session is to educate people on preparing, responding and recovering in the event of an emergency or a disaster.

"We're seeing a pattern of extreme weather,” said Cuomo. “There are more and more weather emergencies, so we want to make sure that we are prepared for the next one."

The lessons taught range from stocking up on water to coming up with a family meet up point.

"Preparedness is something that we have to do in the Southern Tier and we've been doing a lot and I think this is going to go a long way," said Senator Thomas Libous, (R) NYS 52nd.

The state hopes to train 100,000 New Yorkers throughout the year.

"Be prepared because you never know," said John Hughes of Endicott.

At the end of the training session, the National Guard handed out emergency preparedness starter kit. Inside the bag they had a few different items like a water bottle, first aid kid and gloves.

"It gave you cause for thinking things through a little bit," said Peter Napolitano of Binghamton.

The governor said training will be done on an ongoing basis with programs rotating throughout the state.

"Knowing that they have the skills they need in an emergency reduces their own anxiety," said Cuomo.

Cuomo also announced that New York will have the first college in the country to train first responders. No timeline on that was announced.
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