GCC Medina to Offer Red Cross Disaster Training and Scholarship Opportunity

Medina, NY- Do you know what to do when disaster strikes? The American Red Cross in partnership with New York State is hosting a free disaster preparedness session on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the GCC Medina Campus Center at 11470 Maple Ridge Road, Medina, NY 14103.

The American Red Cross in New York State has partnered with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to deliver this Citizen Preparedness Corps presentation throughout New York State with a goal of training 20,000 New Yorkers. The presentation is designed to educate individuals on how to prepare for, respond to and how to recover from any natural, man-made or technological disasters that may occur.

Governor Cuomo’s Citizen Preparedness Corps training lasts approximately one and a half hours and interested students will have the opportunity to learn about the American Red Cross Campus Coordinator Scholarship Program. Through this program, the American Red Cross is also seeking motivated college students to fill the role as campus coordinators to circulate within their campus communities and with the general public to help train fellow classmates, friends, family and other individuals about disaster preparedness. The training program is also available online.

The Citizens Preparedness Corps College Scholarship Program gives New York State college students the opportunity to educate their community on disaster preparedness, while also giving college students the opportunity to earn a scholarship that will assist them with the cost of higher education. Interested individuals must be a student attending an accredited institution of higher education in New York State and must be able to successfully pass a criminal background check.

Scholarships will be awarded based on the number of individuals trained either online or in person. The campus coordinator will be required to train at least 250 individuals in order to be awarded a scholarship amount of $500. For each additional 500 individuals trained, an additional $500 scholarship will be awarded, up to 3,000 individuals for $3,000.

For more information or to schedule the free, in-person preparedness training session, call the American Red Cross in Western New York (585) 241-4405 or email james.segerson@redcross.org. Each in-person participant will be entered to win one of two free Deluxe Emergency Kits per month! For additional information on the online training, visit http://prepare.ny.gov.

For more information, contact Charmayne Bloom, Campus Center Associate at GCC Medina Campus Center at 585-798-1688 extension 4182 or email crbloom@genesee.edu

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