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SKYWARN Class Offered this Fall at DoER:

The National Weather Service Binghamton Office is resuming in-person SKYWARN classes. The goal is to train volunteer weather spotters on how to accurately report severe weather to NWS, ranging from snowfall measurements, to severe weather (hail, wind, tornadoes, flooding). A Basic Winter SKYWARN class will be offered on September 20th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response in Ithaca. Please go to to sign up. 

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The summer season brings longer, sunnier days, but it also comes with life-threatening weather hazards such as extreme heat, rip currents, and thunderstorms and lightning. Learn more about extreme weather hazards to help you stay 'weather-ready' at the beach, by the pool, while picnicking, or on the golf course, at

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Register to attend a Citizen Preparedness Corps training at The Great New York State Fair and learn how to prepare for any type of disaster or emergency, respond accordingly and recover. CPC training events will be held on August 28, 29, and 30, starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Art & Home Center.  Attendees will receive a NYS Disaster Preparedness Kit (one per family).

Topics include how to develop a family emergency plan, how to prepare your family and home for a potential emergency such as fire, what to do in specific situations such as active shooter, and covers evacuation or sheltering-in-place due to a life-threatening event, and much more.  The training also discusses what to do when returning home after an emergency, including re-entry procedures, checking for and documenting damage safely, addressing emotional and other personal needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic event, and being wary of post-disaster scams. Register for one of the three CPC events at the NYS Fair at:

The Department of Emergency Response offers presentations to community groups and organizations to provide basic information on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters or emergencies.  Learn which ones are more likely to occur in our area and how you can reduce their impact on you, your family, and the community.  Contact Geoff Dunn, Community Preparedness Coordinator, at 607-266-2633, or email

Additional Preparedness Checklists:

Generator Maintenance Checklist

72 Hour Emergency Kit List

Car Emergency Kit List

Important Legal Documents

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Disaster-Proof Home

Home Emergencies & Safety Tips

Additional Resource Information



Disaster and emergency information will broadcast from these local radio stations:

  • 870AM WHCU

  • 97.3FM WYXL

  • 91.7FM WICB

If your TV is working, monitor a regional all-news channel, such as Spectrum News, or the Weather Channel. A weather radio will also provide accurate and current information.

National Weather Service in Binghamton

National Weather Service in Binghamton


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 Winter Storms - Snow/Ice/Cold

 Power Outages

 Heat Emergencies


 Chemical/Hazmat Accidents

 Wind Storms/Tornado

There are certain basic concepts of preparedness that apply to any type of situation:

  • Be Informed
  • Make a Plan
  • Build a Kit
  • Get Involved

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