Over 150 receive preparedness training in advance of this week’s potential Nor’easter

Dozens of free emergency go-kits are lined up for distribution to area households attending Friendship training yesterday.

Over 150 Allegany County area residents received New York Citizen Preparedness Corps Training, just in time for a potential Nor’easter Monday night into Tuesday.

Nearly 90 free emergency backpack go-kits were distributed yesterday afternoon to Friendship area households by the New York National Guard and State Office of Emergency Management, with nearly 70 more provided Thursday night in Houghton.

Pastors Duane Broadwell of the Friendship Bible Baptist Church, second from left, and Kirk Kirch of the United Church of Friendship are flanked by National Guard Lt. Olano Gayle, left, and Master Sergeant Adam Winters at Saturday’s training. Pastor Kevin Palmiter of Followers of the Way – Nile Community Church, not shown, also was in attendance.

National Guard personnel presented the trainings at the Friendship Bible Baptist Church and Houghton Academy, coordinated by Allegany Hope WNY Community News, the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches, and the Academy.

In addition to the trainings on types of emergencies, and how individuals and families can prepare, respond and recover from them, information was provided in regard to how Friendship churches are seeking new ways to assist local residents when emergency situations occur, such as the power outages last month and a year ago Christmas which left many area residents in the dark and cold.

Additional emergency preparedness awareness
Information also was provided in regard to how individuals, profit and nonprofit organizations, and other businesses can join in becoming more aware of emergency preparedness in all types of situations and how they can help themselves, family members and friends when such circumstances occur.

It was noted that churches often have facilities, including fellowship halls and kitchens, which can be used for warming and cooling centers and shelters in event of an emergency, with the alliance trying to determine current community resources, how they are being used, and whether it can provide assistance to aid in this effort.

The What God is Doing in Friendship ny public group Facebook page, along with the alliance’s monthly newsletter by the same name, also were cited as examples of community communications, which are critical in times of emergencies.

Adverse weather reporting and resources
This Allegany Hope Community News website and our group Facebook page at https://bit.ly/3DRdx6J, which consolidates applicable weather forecasts from National Weather Service offices in Buffalo and Binghamton, along with State College, Pa., for Allegany and neighboring counties, also were highlighted.

Also highlighted was Allegany Hope, a Weather-Ready Nation AmbassadorTM, publishing an exclusive Weather Resources page on this website, providing many links to additional weather and other alert sites for information locally and throughout the United States.

Individuals are encouraged to Join the group Facebook page at https://bit.ly/3DRdx6J for updates, with those who are interested in learning more about this Citizen Preparedness Training initiative invited to contact Allegany Hope, Friendship churches alliance coordinator, at AlleganyHopeWNY@outlook.com or (585) 664-9989.

The alliance is encouraging churches in other communities to join together to aid in the preparedness effort, with information also available from Allegany Hope.