Fairfax County to Host Northern Virginia Citizen Corps Council


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

March 18, 2005


Fairfax County to Host Northern Virginia Citizen Corps Council

Fairfax County will host the next meeting of the Northern Virginia Citizen Corps Council on Wednesday, March 30. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fairfax County Public Safety Center, 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax.

The focus of the meeting is the Neighborhood Watch program, one of five programs under the Citizen Corps umbrella. Fairfax County officials will share highlights of its nationally known program that was established in 1979, and how, under the Citizen Corps, the program is promoting emergency preparedness. Following presentations from attending jurisdictions, there will be a question and answer session.

In Virginia, there are now 57 Citizen Corps Councils that help promote and coordinate Citizen Corps programs in partnership with Virginia Corps and the National Citizen Corps. In Northern Virginia, the Fairfax County and Arlington County Citizen Corps Councils helped establish the Northern Virginia Citizen Corps Council to encourage regional coordination and communication.

The Northern Virginia Citizen Corps Council meets bimonthly and will highlight a Citizen Corps program at each meeting. The first meeting of this new regional council was held in Arlington County in January and focused on the Community Emergency Response Teams’ (CERTs) efforts. The county’s CERT program is administered by the Fire and Rescue Department.

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.

For more information about the Fairfax County Citizen Corps program, call the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at 703-324-2362, TTY 711, or visit the Web site at www.fairfaxcountycitizencorps.org.

 

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