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The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) has a free online Citizens Preparedness Training Course.  The 24-minute training offers New Yorkers a condensed version of what they would have learned during an in-person course.

Topics include how to develop a family emergency plan, how to prepare your family and home for a potential emergency such as fire, what to do in specific situations such as active shooter, and covers evacuation or sheltering-in-place due to a life-threatening event, and much more.   The training also discusses what to do when returning home after an emergency, including re-entry procedures, checking for and documenting damage safely, addressing emotional and other personal needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic event, and being wary of post-disaster scams.

The Department of Emergency Response offers presentations to community groups and organizations to provide basic information on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters or emergencies.  Learn which ones are more likely to occur in our area and how you can reduce their impact on you, your family, and the community.  Contact Geoff Dunn, Community Preparedness Coordinator, at 607-266-2633, or email

Additional Preparedness Checklists:

Generator Maintenance Checklist

72 Hour Emergency Kit List

Car Emergency Kit List

Important Legal Documents

Emergency Preparedness Checklist


The National Weather Service in Binghamton has several winter Skywarns coming up this fall! These go over how to observe winter weather, types of winter weather and what weather spotters do.  Sign up link below.  Monthly webinars return too with a look at how the NWS conducts a storm survey.

NWS Binghamton SKYWARN and Webinar Fall Schedule 2021. More talks and Skywarns will be added as we get closer. If you have any questions, contact Mitchell Gaines, Meteorologist, at (607) 798-6620 or email