Hundreds of Nassau residents took part today in an emergency preparedness training, hosted by Gov Andrew Cuomo and County Executive Ed Mangano, which provided residents the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
And, during his welcoming remarks, Cuomo announced the creation of the first ever college for emergency management personnel.
After further remarks by Mangano, state Senators Carl Marcellino and Mike Montessano and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto – officers from the National Guard and the state Office of Homeland Security spoke about the three types of disasters and how best to prepare for and respond to each.
“You can never be too prepared,” Mangano said, adding that Nassau County has become an international model of disaster response as a densely populated region that got through a Super storm with no loss of life. Mangano credited the County’s first responders and lauded the leadership and help of the governor.
Gov. Cuomo said the “extraordinarily extreme weather” that has hit Long Island in the last 3 years – with 9 Federally-declared disasters -, has never been seen before. “We need to prepare for the worst,” he said. “He also said that we need to learn the lessons. “We built too close to the water, we’ve got to pull back,” he said. “The electric grid is too vulnerable to storms. The substations are too close to the water. We are going to design homes in a way like never before – on stilts, for example … We hope you never need to use this training. But, if that’s not the case, we’ll be ready. And we’ll use every asset to do it right. This doesn’t end today. This starts today.”
The state’s goal is to train 100,000 New Yorkers under its Citizens Preparedness program. More than 500 residents registered for today’s training at Bethpage High School.
Part of the training on responding to natural, man-made and technological disasters includes signing up for emergency notifications through a free app called iAlert or at nyalert.gov.
Each family that participated received a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit, which includes a plastic drop cloth, light stick, (2) D Batteries, First Aid Kit, face mask, safety goggles, am/fm pocket radio with batteries, 6 pack of drinking water, 6 food bars, flashlight, emergency blanket, duct tape, a water bottle and work gloves.
We need to be “more prepared, and less scared,” Venditto said in his remarks.