“Ready … Pack … Go”
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010
June 17, 2005
“Ready … Pack … Go”
County to Host Emergency Preparedness Training Sessions
for Area Faith Communities
Area faith community leaders are taking the lead to encourage their members to prepare home emergency supply kits this September as part of a countywide, multi-faith campaign. In preparation for the “Ready … Pack … Go” effort, 10 training sessions are scheduled for individual faith community leaders from June 28 to Aug. 25. The American Red Cross will provide a hands-on demonstration of home emergency supply kits, while representatives from Fairfax County’s Community Interfaith Liaison Office, Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council and area faith communities will discuss effective ways to promote emergency preparedness to faith communities.
“Education is key to preparing our faith communities for emergencies and disasters,” said Sandra Chisholm, Fairfax County’s community interfaith liaison. “Faith communities in Fairfax County have taken the leadership role to make this happen through the ‘Ready … Pack … Go’ campaign. Many more county residents will be prepared with an emergency supply kit as a result of this faith community training effort.”
Trainings are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Faith community leaders may attend any session listed below by calling 703-324-3453, TTY 703-324-7914 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested participants also should contact their faith community to check if a trainer already has been identified for their individual house of worship.
- June 28—McLean Governmental Center 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean
- July 7—Braddock Hall 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke
- July 14—Franconia Governmental Center 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria
- July 21—Government Center 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax
- July 28—Sully District Governmental Center 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly
- Aug. 4—Mason District Governmental Center 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale
- Aug. 8—North County Governmental Center 2000 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston
- Aug. 11—Kilmer Middle School 8100 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna
- Aug. 18—Mount Vernon Governmental Center 2511 Parkers Lane , Alexandria
- Aug. 25—West Springfield Governmental Center 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield
The “Ready … Pack … Go” campaign will encourage residents to prepare an emergency supply kit that can be taken to a basement, interior room, public shelter, friend’s house or other safe area during an incident. According to an American Red Cross survey released last summer, only 40 percent of Americans assembled the basic supplies needed to take care of themselves, their families and their neighbors during an emergency. This lack of preparedness poses a challenge not only to individuals, but also to first responders, governments and businesses. Houses of worship in Fairfax County are taking a lead to help their members, and ultimately the county, become well prepared.
“Ready … Pack ... Go” is a collaborative effort among Fairfax County’s Community Interfaith Liaison Office in the Department of Systems Management for Human Services, Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council, and the county’s Office of Public Affairs, Department of Family Services and Office of Emergency Management, in addition to the American Red Cross and participating faith communities.
For more information about the campaign, contact the Fairfax County
Community Interfaith Liaison Office at 703-324-8272, TTY 703-324-7914, or