Lt. Gov. Hochul kicks off UAlbany emergency preparedness training

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul meets with UAlbany students on Monday, November 28, 2016LtNovember 28, 2016 -- Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was on campus Monday to kick off a training session for new members of the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps, which teaches New Yorkers how to prepare for and respond to disasters.

The session, led by the New York National Guard and state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, drew more than a 130 people to the Lecture Center, many of them students.

Prior to the training, the lieutenant governor met with a handful of students from UAlbany's College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), the first standalone college of its kind in the country.

At the event, both the lieutenant governor and Assembly member Patricia Fahy stressed the importance of being prepared to deal with disasters before they strike. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of CEHC in his 2015 State of the State Address and pledged $15 million to launch the college as a vital training ground in which students will be exposed to a combination of cutting-edge research and real-world experience to prepare them to keep the next generation of New Yorkers safe.

Student interest in the college has far outstripped initial estimates, with five times as many students choosing a CEHC major than initially projected and 15 times as many selecting a minor in the college.

Temporarily headquartered on the Downtown Campus, CEHC will get a permanent home in UAlbany's state-of-the-art Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex (ETEC) soon to be under construction on the Harriman State Office Campus.