Monday, September 10, 2007

September Declared Emergency Preparedness Month in Fairfax County

This morning, I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council and member organizations at the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Meeting. CERT was clearly highlighted as one of the key organizations to emergency preparedness in Fairfax County.

As I concluded my words, I made it clear that residents should "Pass it on" to family, neighbors and co-workers so they can be better prepared as well.

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  1. Response to Proclamation

    Thank you for this opportunity to address the Board of Supervisors and residents of Fairfax County.

    The Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council works in partnership with the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management.

    The core organizations of the Citizen Corps Council include the Medical Reserve Corps, Fire Corps, and Community Emergency Response Teams, and Volunteers in Police Service which includes Auxiliary Police Officers, “VIPS”, Chaplains, along with the Citizens Police Academy and Neighborhood Watch programs. These programs are administered by the Health, Fire and Police departments of Fairfax County. Volunteers are key to these programs, some of which are standing in front of us today.

    All of these programs require volunteers, so getting the word out to the community and publicizing them before an emergency is critical to our community

    Our volunteers play a key role in disaster response, as was demonstrated in the Huntington Floods where our volunteers staffed the emergency information line and managed spontaneous volunteers in coordination with Volunteer Fairfax, the American Red Cross and other affiliate organizations. Several hundred community volunteers came out to assist in cleanup efforts.

    The Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council and Office of Emergency Management recommends all citizens that live, work, or attend school in Fairfax County prepare in advance of an emergency. Everyone should visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency and take a few simple steps to help them and each member of their family be prepared. As we declare September as Emergency Preparedness Month, we ask that you also "Pass It On" and help your neighbors, co-workers, and fellow students be better prepared.

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