The American Red Cross will host free disaster preparedness sessions beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the CW Clark Memorial Library in Oriskany Falls; 4 p.m., Sept. 19 at the Oneida Public Library; and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Morrisville Public Library. These programs are open to high school students and adults.

New guidelines from New York State recommend every citizen should know how to be able to be self-sufficient for 7 to 10 days after a disaster.

The Citizen Preparedness Corps training lasts approximately one hour and gives a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from any natural, man-made and technological disasters that could occur. The class also includes training on hands-on only CPR.

To register for the Oriskany Falls program, call 315-821-7850; stop by circulation desk or call 315-684-9130 to sign up for the session in Morrisville and for information on the Oneida program, call 315-363-3050.

To take the free 15-minute online training, visit and use an existing NY.GOV ID or create a new one to log in. When asked “Where did you learn about the Citizen Preparedness Training?” be sure to select “Referral from the American Red Cross.”

For more information on the program, contact