Jamaica church to host citizen preparedness program

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program will provide citizens with the tools they need to be ready and able to help their families and neighbors during emergencies in Jamaica with training from the National Guard.
Courtesy of Governor Cuomo’s office
By Naeisha Rose

The Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in Jamaica will be participating in a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program Saturday.

The program was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and is supported by elected officials including Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, state Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica), City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans).

“The NYS Citizen Preparedness Corps. is a New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services initiative that’s designed to bring disaster and emergency preparedness training and resource kits to communities across New York State,” according to Comrie’s office.

The classes are two hours long and are headed by officials from the New York National Guard, New York State Office of Emergency Management, and NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, according to a representative for Comrie.

With hurricane season on the horizon, this workshop will help people in the southeast Queens region, which has “experienced major storms, flooding, and fires in homes and businesses, among other tragedies,” the representative said.

This will help residents of the 14th Senate District learn how to prepare for both man-made and natural disasters and will “ensure that constituents have access to these invaluable resources,” Comrie’s office said.

The church is located at 104-19 165th St., and the event starts at noon.

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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