Faith Communities Prepare Home Emergency Supply Kits


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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July 29, 2005

 

“Ready … Pack … Go”
Faith Communities Prepare Home Emergency Supply Kits

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, interfaith campaign. In preparation for the “Ready … Pack … Go” effort, five more training sessions are scheduled for individual faith community leaders from Aug. 4 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. Five sessions already have been completed.

Home emergency supply kits are demonstrated to faith community leaders by the American Red Cross at the first training session in McLean. (Photo/Fairfax County)

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“The faith communities in Fairfax County have big hearts,” said Rev. John Denninger, Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council faith representative and pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield. “When faith communities get involved and work together to prepare home emergency kits they touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.”

Trainings are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Interested participants may attend any session listed below by calling 703-324-3453, TTY 703-324-7914, or by sending an e-mail to ciluser@fairfaxcounty.gov.

  • Aug. 4 — Mason District Governmental Center
    6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale
  • Aug. 8 — North County Governmental Center
    12000 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 better prepared.

“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.”

“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 Emergency Management, Office of Public Affairs and Department of Family Services, 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 visit www.fairfaxcountycitizencorps.org.


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