Health Department Hosts Get Ready Fairfax

June 2, 2010

The Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the Health Department’s Office of Emergency Preparedness will host a free community emergency preparedness fair on Saturday, June 5, from 1–5 p.m. inside the Springfield Mall (6710 Springfield Mall, Springfield) at Center Court. Get Ready Fairfax! is part of the Springfield Days festival which will be held concurrently in the mall parking lot.

Whether it is a flu pandemic, a natural disaster, or a terrorist threat, it is important for everyone to have a plan.  The goal of this family friendly event is to educate the public about the roles individuals and their families play in all-hazards emergency preparedness.  The fair is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, part of the Urban Area Security Initiative program.

“We know that the potential impact of an emergency on the community can be minimized when the community is prepared,” said Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H., Fairfax County Director of Health. 

Participants will see how Fairfax County may respond to an emergency through a mock medication dispensing site.  Families will receive free items for their home emergency kit while supplies last.  In addition, participants will learn about:

  • The Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
  • How to prepare for natural and man-made emergencies
  • Health Department services and programs
  • The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management and its services

Fairfax MRC is a program of the Fairfax County Health Department.  Over 70 percent of MRC volunteers do not have a medical background.  In the event of an emergency, Fairfax MRC volunteers would be called on to supplement the capacity of the public health system.  In 2010, the Fairfax MRC received a Certificate of Recognition from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for its role in the H1N1 vaccination campaign and a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General for outstanding H1N1 support.  To learn more or to volunteer, visit


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