Thursday, September 17, 2009

Delaware Family Emergency Preparedness Day a Huge Success!

On September 12th, Citizen Corps and its partners conducted the 5th Annual DE Family Emergency Preparedness Day in Support of National Preparedness Month. The event was held in Dover at the DelDOT Administration Building on Bay Road. Approximately 40 exhibitors including Emergency Responders, State Agencies and Volunteer Organizations shared their preparedness message to an estimated attendance of 300-350 citizens. FREE Training was also provided for the public, Disaster Preparedness by the American Red Cross of Delmarva, Emergency Kits by Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and Animal Preparedness by the Delaware Animals in Disaster Service (DADS). A FREE Disaster kit was given away in each Training Class as well as to the winners of the Scavenger Hunt. Jakes Hamburgers served FREE burgers, hotdogs, chips, water and soda, The Pepsi Company of Del-Mar donated 10 cases of their products, WAWA donated 200 drinks and Serv-Pro of Newcastle/Bear donated bottles of water. Angela Manos Community Preparedness/Citizen Corps Program Officer from FEMA Region III attended the event.
Thanks to the Family Emergency Preparedness Day Coalition which is made up of: The Department of Safety and Homeland Security-Kimberly Chandler, Delaware Emergency Management Agency- Rosanne Pack, Citizen Corps- Bob George and Marny McLee, Kent County Public Safety- Colin Faulkner, Allen Metheny, Dave Mick, Jennifer Graham, Nicole Vautard, The American Red Cross-Holly Newton and Sarah Gilmour, DHSS-PHPS-Medical Reserve Corps-Nicole Desmarais, RSVP of Sussex County-Mary Ann Hook and April Willey, and City of Dover-Wayne Hutcheson. A special thanks to the Kent County Public Safety Office for hosting this year’s event.

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