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Governor Cuomo Speaks on Emergency Preparedness

Area locals had a rare chance to hear from Governor Andrew Cuomo at Binghamton University on Sunday. He spoke about the importance of being prepared for a natural disasters. Our Vince Briga has the story.

Over two years ago, the Southern Tier was struck with one of the largest floods in its history. Today hundreds made their way to Binghamton University's Event Center to learn how to be prepared in case of a natural disaster like flooding.

"When the pressure is really on then you see what people are made of. And boy the  pressurewas on, and boy you showed yourself to be a loving, courageous  giving, compassionate community," said Governor Andrew  Cuomo.

During the emergency preparedness training program, Governor Cuomo said it's not if a disaster happens, it's when. And many in attendance could relate to that, being flood victims themselves.

"People that are here today are very excited because I'm sure many of them had    experienced a loss of personal value in their homes during the flood of 06 or 11 and preparedness is something we have to do in the Southern Tier and we've been doing a lot and I think this is gonna go a long way," said Senator Tom Libous.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting plans into place to ensure that people stay safe and prepared for potential flooding in the future.

"We are changing the way we design homes literally. We're changing where we build homes. We're fortifying bridges and aqueducts to make sure there's more
capacity. We're training first responders, we're going to have the 1st  college in the nation to train first responders, and today is a part of that," said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Every training participant received a free response starter kit, including batteries, an AM/FM radio, a first-aid kit and other items that can be helpful in the case of an emergency.

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