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FHS Hosts New York State Preparedness Program
In light of today’s many challenges from natural and man-made disasters, New York State has created a Citizen Preparedness Corps to provide residents with the knowledge and tools to be ready for emergencies and disasters, to respond appropriately and to recover as soon as possible from any damages.  NYS National Guard and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services personnel are conducting classes statewide and free of charge.  On December 15, 2017, Fallsburg High School hosted one of these classes for its full staff and residents of Fallsburg.

FCSD Superintendent Dr. Ivan Katz introduced the instructors, who would support everyone to think locally about disasters such as outages, damaging storms, active shooters, etc. so that we are all prepared.  He stressed that the District has its own emergency procedures in place and that this presentation was not meant to replace them.  With that said, he welcomed NYS National Guard Captain Brett White to the podium.

The hour-long presentation with video and slides gave the audience a broad overview of all possible disaster scenarios that can affect a community.  “We want you to be mentally prepared,” stated Captain White.  “Parents need to make their own decisions about where children should go.  If you are prepared, you can help out other folks.”  

Captain White provided Emergency Information Handbooks and pocket Emergency Supplies Kit Checklists that would assist people to create these kits for the homes and offices.  Supporting him and the program were Gene Lucchese, the Regional Coordinator of NYS Office of Emergency Management and Rick Sauer, newly appointed Sullivan County Commissioner of Public Safety.  All three officials stayed after the program to answer questions from the staff and residents present.  

If you wish to have this valuable training, contact Captain White at 518-390-0754 or brett.m.white.mil@mail.mil.