Preston To Host Broome County Disaster Preparedness Fair


(Binghamton, NY) -- Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today announced details for the first-ever Broome County Disaster Preparedness Fair, at a News Conference at the County’s Public Safety Facility.  She was joined by Emergency Services Director Brett Chellis.


“Broome County is no stranger to disasters,” said Preston. “While we cannot stop Mother Nature’s wrath, we can all be better prepared when a storm is approaching.  The Broome County Disaster Preparedness Fair will educate the public on how to best handle approaching storms and other disasters.”


The Broome County Disaster Preparedness Fair will take place on Wednesday, September 26th, from 3-8pm, at the Binghamton University Events Center.  Nearly 40 exhibits will educate the public on how to prepare themselves, their families, neighbors, property and pets from looming disasters.


“Not a week goes by that we aren’t carefully tracking and monitoring weather patterns that pose a threat to our region,” said Chellis. “When a potentially dangerous storm is imminent, we notify the public through every possible medium, but there are plans that all Broome County residents can familiarize themselves with that significantly decrease the threat to themselves and their families.”


Local Agencies participating with exhibits include:

Ø  Broome County Executive’s Office

Ø  Broome County Emergency Services

Ø  Sheriff’s Office

Ø  Broome County Health Dept.

Ø  Broome County Office of the Aging

Ø  Broome County Youth Bureau

Ø  Broome County Dog Shelter

Ø  Broome County Security

Ø  Broome County Planning

Ø  Broome County Public Works

Ø  Broome County Department of Social Services

Ø  Broome County Mental Health

Ø  Broome County Legislature

Ø  Broome County Law Department

Ø  Binghamton University Police

Ø  Harpur’s Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service

Ø  CERT TEAM (Community Emergency Response Team)

Ø  CART (Community Animal Response Team)

Ø  NYS Office of Emergency Management

Ø  NYS Department of Health- EMS Division

Ø  NYS Department of Transportation

Ø  American Red Cross

Ø  National Weather Service

Ø  Catholic Charities- BCCOAD

Ø  United Health Services

Ø  Lourdes


Ø  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Ø  Vestal Fire Department

Ø  New York State Police

Ø  Crime Victim’s Assistance Center

Ø  United Way

Ø  Southern Tier Health Link

Ø  Broome Community College

Ø  Project Renew


There will also be interactive Presentations:

3:30-4:00pm:  Safety for Seniors

4:30-5:00pm:  Facts for Families

5:30-6:00pm:  Open Office Hours on Disaster Preparedness with County Executive Debbie Preston

6:30-7:00pm:  Flood Discussion

7:30-8:00pm:  Students: Are You Prepared?


The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park ZooMobile and other entertainment will be provided for children.


September is recognized throughout the Country as Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Month.

09/24/2012 - 4:36pm