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Staten Island, N.Y.  — In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it is evident now more than ever that civilians will benefit from proper training on how best to assist their families and neighbors during emergencies or disasters.

The Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, a new state program,  will equip folks with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to changing conditions.

The initiative, set to launch on Feb. 1 in New Dorp, will train 100,000 New Yorkers during 2014.

The first session, sponsored by Borough President James Oddo and State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, will provide an introduction to responding to natural or man-made disasters, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on essential supplies.

A key component is the distribution of response kits, which include batteries, face masks, food bars, water bottles and a first aid kit, among other necessities. Every training participant will receive a free kit (maximum of one per family).

Training sessions will be led by the New York National Guard, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

New York State and the Borough President will offer a two-hour training session for residents on Saturday, Feb. 1 at New Dorp High School, 465 New Dorp Lane, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information contact the Borough President’s Communications Office at 718.816.2048