Be Ready: Emergency and Safety Preparedness Conference

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On September 17, the Fairfax County Office for Children will offer “Be Ready: Emergency and Safety Preparedness,” a day-long conference for family child care providers that will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Family child care providers are required to know how to keep children safe during emergencies caused by extreme weather, accidents, crime and epidemics. The Office for Children offers classes and information to help family child care providers plan, prepare and practice caring for children during emergencies.

“This is the first time we've offered an emergency preparedness conference with this depth of subject-matter expertise,” said Catherine Sauer, director of the Community Education and Provider Services division of the Office for Children.

The September 17 conference will feature six sessions presented by subject-matter experts from various Fairfax County agencies. 

• Wyleng Liew, a life safety education specialist with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, will present “Home Fire Safety.”

• Wayne Twombly, a crime prevention officer with the Fairfax County Police Department, will present “Planning and Staying Safe in Your Home.”

• Marc Barbiere, the emergency management coordinator for the Fairfax County Health Department, and Macelo Ferreira, a community liaison with the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, will present “How Prepared Are You?”

• Dave McKernan, coordinator of the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, will present “Are You Prepared to Survive?”

• Karen Scudder, a DFS Healthy Families social worker, will present “Building Resiliency: How to Have ‘Bounce Back’ Kids.”

• Kim Lamon-Loperfido, a prevention specialist with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, will present “Stress Management Before, During and After Emergencies.”

“We’re excited that we’ll be able to give family child care providers critical information that will help them keep children, themselves and their families safe,” Sauer said.


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