Saturday, September 18, 2010

Family Emergency Preparedness Day A Success!

The Family Emergency Preparedness Day (FEPD) which is an annual state observance of National Preparedness Month attracted an estimated crowd of more than 2,000 visitors to Glasgow Park on Sept. 11. Admission and all events at FEPD were free and the rapid consumption of the first 400 free burgers prompted Jake’s to send for more. Delmarva Power was a corporate funding supporter along with Jake’s Hamburgers, Rita’s Water Ice and ServPro of Bear/New Castle which provided free bottled water.
New Castle County Office of Emergency Management was the 2010 host sponsor with co-sponsors including the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, DEMA, Citizen Corps and the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula. NCC Executive Chris Coons attended and delivered a proclamation of September as Preparedness Month in New Castle County. He presented the proclamation to NCC OEM Coordinator Dave Carpenter. Previous events have been hosted by Sussex and Kent County Emergency Management offices.
A field full of more than 20 exhibitors provided displays and information on preparedness and safety. Many people participated in free training for fire extinguisher use, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and family emergency planning and emergency supply kit building. The Delaware National Guard climbing wall attracted a crowd and encouraged young people to get high without drugs. Citizen Corps basic emergency supply backpacks were given away during training sessions and in drawings throughout the day.

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