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Red Cross, Medina Lions offer citizen preparedness program

Staff Reports Posted 11 March 2015 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – The community is welcome to attend a disaster preparedness program on March 19, a training overview that will help citizens and local officials be ready in case of emergencies or disasters.

The Medina Lions Club and American Red Cross are teaming to offer “Prepare, Respond, Recover: What to do When Disaster Strikes.” The class will be 7 p.m. on March 19 at Orchard Manor, 600 Bates Rd. No advanced registration is required to attend the program.

“There is always a need to be prepared and always things you can do to minimize a disaster,” said Jim Hancock, a member of the Lions Club.

The free training class is offered in partnership with New York State, which is at a high risk for man-made, technological and natural disasters, the Red Cross said.

The local community isn’t immune to disasters, from ice storms, breaches in the canal, flooding and other problems, Hancock said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Citizen Preparedness Corps training program provides residents with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover to pre-disaster conditions as quickly as possible.

A trained Red Cross representative will lead a session for about an hour on the Citizen Preparedness Corps training program, which provides a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.