Medical Reserve Corps Newsletter
Fairfax MRC Participates in National Preparedness Month Activities
Each September, community members, businesses, government and schools are encouraged to come together to promote preparedness. The Fairfax County Health Department and Fairfax MRC participated in a number of National Preparedness Month events around the county and region to promote emergency preparedness and the MRC.
On September 3, Fairfax joined the national MRC at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) first annual Employee Preparedness Fair. More than 400 HHS Employees learned about preparedness activities in the community, how to make their family more prepared and how to become involved in their community, including how to join their local MRC!
On September 6 and 7, the Fairfax MRC joined the Fairfax Citizen Corps Council at Ready-Set-Know, part of the Burke Centre Festival. The two day event brought together the MRC, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service), Neighborhood Watch, Volunteer Fairfax and American Red Cross to promote preparedness. During the festival, over 2,000 residents received preparedness information and learned how to get involved in the various Citizen Corps Council programs.
On September 24, the Fairfax MRC participated in Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Zombie Preparedness Festival in Annandale. Dozens of zombies roamed the campus, handed out preparedness information and educated students and staff. At the same time, county agencies and programs, such as the MRC and Office of Emergency Management, staffed booths for students to visit and learn more about preparedness and volunteer opportunities within the community. MRC volunteers and staff spoke with over 150 NOVA students and staff about the Fairfax MRC throughout the day.