The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services today announced that March 13-19, 2016, is Flood Safety Preparedness Week and reminded all New Yorkers to have an emergency preparedness plan in place to keep family members safe in the event of flooding or severe storms which impacts families, businesses and communities every year. As winter exits and spring storms become more frequent, Flood Safety Preparedness Week is an important reminder to be prepared not only for flooding, but for any type of weather event.

“Flooding can occur any time of year in our state and is the most frequent hazard we face,“ said John Melville, Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. “It is our responsibility as citizens to prepare our homes, families and businesses for any type of hazard, and the best way to stay safe and recover quickly from storms and flooding is to have a plan in place, build a kit and stay informed.”

One way New Yorkers can prepare for any emergency or disaster is by attending a Citizen Preparedness training course offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), in conjunction with the New York National Guard. The training, offered across the state, gives residents the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible. Since its implementation two years ago at the Governor’s request, nearly 100,000 New Yorkers have completed a Citizens Preparedness training course. Visit to register to attend an upcoming training course or take a condensed version of the training online.

“Make a plan, put together emergency supplies in advance, and stay informed – that means keeping an eye on the weather, and listening to and following emergency instructions when issued,” added Commissioner Melville. “Make sure everyone in your family knows the plan and where your emergency supplies are.”

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