Fairfax County's Citizen Corps Recognized


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

Dec. 3, 2004

 

Fairfax County's Citizen Corps Recognized

 

Two members of the Fairfax County Citizen Corps were recently recognized with “Distinguished Service Awards” for their work with the county’s Citizen Corps program.

Merrily Pierce, Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council chairman, and Bob Mizer, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department community liaison and CERT program coordinator, both received the recognition at the Virginia Public Safety Outreach Conference held recently in Richmond.

Fairfax County’s Citizen Corps program is an initiative that uses a network of volunteer organizations to tap the skills and abilities of citizens to help the community adequately prepare for and to respond quickly to emergencies. The county’s program is a partner in the national and state Citizen Corps program and includes the county’s Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service, Community Emergency Response Team, Medical Reserve Corps and affiliate organizations. Through the county’s Citizen Corps, residents can play an active part in making their communities safer, stronger and better prepared for preventing and handling threats of terrorism, crime and disasters of all kinds.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved implementing the county Citizen Corps and the advisory Citizen Corps Council in January 2003, and recognized the Citizen Corps program and its participants in September as part of the Board’s proclamation designating September as Fairfax Prepares month. The successful program continues to attract volunteers to its training programs and is an important part of the county’s emergency preparedness program under the Office of Emergency Management.

For more information on the Fairfax County Citizen Corps program, call the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at 703-324-2362, TTY 711.

Additional emergency information, including telephone numbers and links to useful Web sites such as the National Weather Service, can be found on the Fairfax County emergency information Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency. During times of emergency or severe weather, residents may call the Fairfax County Government Emergency Information Line at 703-817-7771, TTY 711, watch the county government cable Channel 16 or visit the county Web site (www.fairfaxcounty.gov) for updated information.


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