The start of September has ushered in Preparedness Month in the Empire State.
Governor David Paterson announced last week, ironically against the backdrop of a threat of severe weather from Hurricane Earl, that the state will be helping residents be as prepared as possible for a range emergency scenarios outside of just weather. He urges New Yorkers make plans, stock up on supplies, and monitor the media in the threat of any emergency.
“Hurricane Earl and Preparedness Month certainly raise awareness on why we should be prepared today, but New Yorkers know all to well that we need to be prepared and vigilant year round. In these challenging times, New Yorkers must know what to do and when to do it during an emergency,” Paterson emphasized.
In Albany, the state’s capital, two major events are scheduled to get residents involved in Preparedness Month. On September 15, eighteen state and local agencies will be on-hand on the Concourse of the Empire State Plaza to explain preparedness information to state workers. The American Red Cross will also hold a simultaneous blood drive on-site that day.
On September 25, officials from 12 agencies will be at Colonie Center mall in the capital city for a similar effort geared to the general public and children.
Preparedness Month does not stop in New York. It is part of a larger national effort sponsored by Ready campaign of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council as partners.
For all of the latest New York-related preparedness information, residents are encouraged to visit www.nyprepare.gov. The website combines information from several state-level safety sources, including Office of Emergency Management, Health, Office of Counter Terrorism, State Police, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Insurance, Agriculture and Markets, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.