ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A disaster preparedness class was given at the University of Albany on Monday.
The program is part of the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which provides citizens with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters and how to respond accordingly.
A prime example of a possible emergency situation took place Monday morning on the campus of Ohio State University. Police said the assailant, identified as a student, deliberately drove over a curb outside a classroom building, got out of the vehicle, and began to cut people in a crowd with a butcher knife.
He was shot and killed by a responding officer. People across the country took notice of the incident.
“This is our reality,” UAlbany senior Chris Pounds said. “This is our world, and as scary as it is, this is what we live in. It’s time to be aware of it.”
Pounds is one of the first to take part in the new Emergency Preparedness degree programs.
“I said, ‘Hey, I’ve taken emergency preparedness courses before, I’m a career paramedic, and I would love to graduate from UAlbany with this degree,’” he said.
Members of the New York National Guard conducted the class.
“The fact is that you don’t know when you are going to need to move in order to avoid a disaster,” David Lima with the National Guard said.
The classes are being given across the state at colleges, schools and offices to teach the public valuable tools about what should or shouldn’t be done if a dangerous situation arises.
“There’s so many different things that can possibly happen to you,” Lima said. “If you can bring your mind to a place it hasn’t been, yet, you’re going to be that much more prepared to actually bring your body to that place.”
No matter where you are, being prepared can make all the difference.
“It’s extremely important,” Lima said. “It’s just as important as your wallet or your keys.”
“That’s the goal of preparedness is to stay alive,” Pounds said. “In the event of an active shooter, it’s good to do whatever you can.”
Bags were also handed out to everyone in attendance. Inside were common items that could be used in an emergency such as a flashlight and water.