By popular demand, the Disaster Preparedness Training Course has added a third day at the Great New York State Fair. It happens on New Americans’ Day and Senior Citizens’ Days at the Fair, August 25th, 28th and 29th.

The New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps Training is a free disaster preparedness course that teach attendees how to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters and emergencies.

A free backpack of resources will be provided and you can register on the New York State Prepare website. Training will take place from 4 to 6 pm on Friday, August 25th, Monday, August 28th, and Tuesday, August 29th in the Empire Room Restaurant on the Fairgrounds.

The Monday and Tuesday trainings are on the same day as the Fair’s Senior Citizens' Days. Those who are sixty years of age and older get free admission with ID. Friday’s training session has been added because of the strong demand from last year’s Fair.

This kicks off National Preparedness Month and it happens in September to increase public awareness about emergencies. It focuses on things we can do before a disaster happens.

This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Every week in September, there will be a focus on a different type of disaster – flood, wildfire, hurricane, and power outages.

You'll be taught how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies. You'll also get a free New York State Disaster Preparedness Kit (one per family) containing key items to assist you in the aftermath of a disaster.

The state training and kits will help all of us in New York to be the most-trained and best-prepared citizens in the country. The New York State Fair runs from August 23rd to September 4th.