Free emergency backpack kits at Friendship and Houghton seminars for winter and all year round

The benefits of a free, all-weather emergency backpack kit, to be given out at seminars in Friendship and Houghton next month, have become apparent during recent power outages and travel on snow and windswept roads.

Required registrations are underway for limited seating for the New York National Guard Citizen Preparedness Corps trainings, to be held from 6:30PM to 8:30PM, Thursday, February 8, at Houghton Academy, 9790 Thayer Street, and repeated from 1:30PM to 3:30PM Saturday, February 10, at Friendship Bible Baptist Church, 43 West Main Street.

The free sessions are being coordinated by an outreach alliance of Friendship churches, Houghton Academy, and Allegany Hope Community News.

Information will be presented on how to help protect oneself, family members, and others from all types of disaster situations, such as fires, floods, winter and summer storms, and other natural and man-made occurrences, through awareness, proper preparation and response.

Organizers say the trainings are particularly valuable in preparing for weather events such as the ones which have been occurring in Allegany County.

Households can store the backpack go-kits in a closet or other location, where they are quick to access during an emergency, or in the trunk of a car when traveling.

Pre-registration required
Pre-registration of each attending family member is required to obtain one free backpack per household, which includes emergency items such as a first aid kit, flashlight, AM/FM radio, batteries, glow sticks, emergency food, water containers, plastic coverings, work gloves, Duct tape and more.

Required registration for limited seating is available:
– By clicking on the appropriate QR code for the location desired,
– Online at for the Friendship event, or for Houghton,
– At the Friendship Free Library, 44 West Main Street, or
– By contacting Allegany Hope, a national Weather-Ready Nation AmbassadorTM, at (585) 664-9989.

Those who wish to attend either of the sessions should register as soon as possible to secure limited seating.

Weather reporting
Allegany Hope is a Weather-Ready Nation AmbassadorTM and, due to Allegany County’s location being in or bordering three NWS forecast offices, provides forecast and other information from NWS stations at Buffalo for Allegany County west, Binghamton for Steuben County east, and State College, Pa., for Potter and McKean counties in Pennsylvania, along with regional and national data.

Become accustomed to checking weather resources as weather changes and use our exclusive Allegany Hope Weather Resources link on this page to locate more in-depth information for any area of the country.

This resource includes links to Doppler radar, along with snow, wind and rainfall rates and timing in specific areas, simply by using the Search feature in the upper left corner of most NWS page for any geographic location, and then clicking on the Hourly Weather Forecast graph in the lower right side of the local page.

Facebook assistance
“Join” our public Allegany Hope Community News Facebook group page at for greater opportunities to obtain more timely weather alerts in News Feed Notifications.

Our group page was developed due to Facebook disseminating only a small fraction of posts to regular Facebook pages.

Bookmarking appropriate NWS pages helps provide the most timely information on forecast changes.