Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs

The following was released today by the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs. You might recognize some of the text from an earlier posting. I take no credit for the line "They Don't Just Want Your Blood!"

National Preparedness Month - They Don’t Just Want Your Blood! Volunteering in emergency preparedness is more than just donating blood. The Fairfax County Citizen Corps consists of volunteer programs within the Police, Fire and Rescue and Health departments. The Police Department houses the longest serving Neighborhood Watch in the country. It also houses Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) which includes auxiliary police officers, administrative volunteers, chaplains and the Citizens Police Academy. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a program operated by the Health Department composed of medical and non-medical volunteers trained to assist the community in dispensing medication during public health emergencies. MRC is currently looking for foreign language interpreters. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trains people in neighborhoods, workplaces and schools in basic disaster response skills, such as fire suppression and search and rescue, and helps them take a more active role in emergency preparedness. For more information about volunteering, contact Ellen Kamilakis, OEM; for more emergency preparedness information, visit www.fairfaxcountycitizencorps.org .

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