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Cuomo Introduces College of Emergency Preparedness

In Governor Cuomo's State of the State address last week, he announced plans to create the nation's first ever College on Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security.

Cuomo has already named former New York City Police Commissioner, Ray Kelly, as his special advisor. Local emergency response officials say they're all for further education on preparedness, and that it's beneficial to be ready for any type of disaster.

"Higher education is always good. Whether it be in the fire service, emergency management or any other public safety area. To bring education parallel with normal training and experience is only a good thing to help prepare emergency managers in the state," said Brett Chellis, Director of Broome County Emergency Services.

The college would also help train citizens to not only be prepared for a disaster, but teach them how to help first responders as well. Cuomo has not yet announced where the school would be located.

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