State offers families help planning for emergencies

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Is your family prepared for the worst? State officials want to help you have a plan in place for an emergency.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office will hold a Citizens Preparedness Workshop on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Waterfront Elementary School 95 on Fourth Street in Buffalo. The 90-minute class will provide information about how to develop an emergency plan for your family and your pets, and what to do about your utilities.

Each participant will also receive a free backpack stuffed with emergency supplies, including water packets, a flash light and an emergency blanket.

Sam Hoyt, regional vice president of Empire State Development, stopped by News 4’s Wake Up Thursday morning to show off the safety kit.

Anyone attending Saturday’s workshop must register in advance at

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