New York trains 100,000 residents in disaster response

AP News
Posted: Mar 21, 2016 4:31 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 100,000 New York state residents are now trained in how to help out during a natural or manmade disaster.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says the Citizen Preparedness Corps reached the milestone on Monday. The training program was created in 2014 after Superstorm Sandy to teach residents how to respond to public emergencies such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters including hurricanes.

More than 2,000 courses have been conducted as part of the initiative, which brings together instructors from the National Guard, the American Red Cross, the state's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The training can be tailored to specific communities and populations. It has been taught in several languages including Spanish, Russian, Burmese and Cantonese.