Fairfax County Receives Gold Awards

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551

Fairfax, VA 22035-0065

703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Jan. 10, 2006

Fairfax County Receives Gold Awards

Fairfax County has received two Gold Awards in the MarCom Creative Awards competition. The awards were received for the Ready … Pack … Go emergency preparedness campaign and the Fairfax County Communication Strategy.

The Ready … Pack … Go campaign 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. The American Red Cross and faith communities also are participating in the campaign. The effort encourages faith communities to educate their members 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.

The Fairfax County Communication Strategy was initiated by the County Executive’s Office to create a more cohesive look, feel and message for the county’s communications. The Office of Public Affairs, the Department of Information Technology and the Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection led a group of more than 50 county employees to develop standards, policies and resources to guide county agencies in communicating with residents.

The MarCom Creative Awards is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communications practitioners. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. There were 4,613 entries this year from throughout the United States and several foreign countries.

For more information about the Ready … Pack … Go campaign, the Communication Strategy or the MarCom Creative Awards, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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