New York State Commission on
National & Community Service
Andrew M. Cuomo
Susan K. Stern
Mark J. Walter
To make sure your answer is Yes, the New York State Commission is providing information
to motivate families and businesses to take action and get prepared for both natural
and man-made disasters.
The Commission partners with the New York State Office of Emergency Management and
the American Red Cross to educate New Yorkers about how to be prepared for disaster
and to facilitate assistance when disaster strikes. We’ve reprinted some of their
publications below for your use.
New Yorkers need to be ready and bear responsibility for their own safety and the
safety of others. We urge you to take a few minutes right now to use this Web site
to create your family’s disaster plan. By doing so, you can help lessen the impact
disasters have on our families, our communities and our state.
When disaster strikes a community, volunteers are essential in helping to rebuild
lives and rebuild communities. It is important that volunteers are given meaningful
and constructive opportunities to serve, while not overwhelming the affected community
during the response and recovery. National service members can be a vital part of
this volunteer effort by staffing volunteer reception centers (VRCs) after an incident.
VRCs match volunteers unaffiliated with disaster agencies to opportunities at organizations
already involved in the response or recovery. This training will help national service
participants understand the function of a VRC and how to manage spontaneous volunteers
in times of disaster. This course was created cooperatively by the Corporation for
National and Community Service, the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center
National Network, and ETR Associates.
Managing Spontaneous Volunteers in Times of Disaster
Donate some of your time and volunteer with a local preparedness or response organization.
You can take lifesaving training courses so that you are prepared to respond in
the event of a disaster in your community.
There are six basics you should stock for your home in the case of an emergency:
water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies,
and special items for medical conditions.
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Families can – and do – cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together
as a team. Create a family disaster plan including a communication plan, disaster
supplies kit and an evacuation plan. Knowing what to do is your best protection
AND your responsibility.
Hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires – make sure you and your family are prepared
when disaster strikes your area. Find out what disasters occur in your geographic
area and make sure that you have the appropriate supplies and information.
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By using the tools on this site and encouraging others to do the same, we are bringing
our families and communities one step closer to being safer, stronger and better
prepared to respond to disaster.