County Comment: 5th Annual county emergency preparedness day to be held at Suns game

County Comment
5th Annual county emergency preparedness day to be held at Suns game
by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

Washington County's Citizen Corps, the Hagerstown Suns baseball team, The City of Hagerstown and Washington County's Emergency Management Agency (EMA) are sponsoring the 5th annual Citizens' Emergency Preparedness Day, on Saturday, August 12, in cooperation with a number of community agencies.
Events will take place prior to the game, and the first pitch will be thrown by a Citizen Corps representative. The first 500 ticket holders will receive a DVD on Emergency Preparedness from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, featuring Governor Bob Ehrlich.
Activities will get underway outside Suns' stadium between 4 and 6pm, and will include a display of emergency apparatus including Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Law Enforcement vehicles.
Citizens' Emergency Response Training (CERT) demonstrations, and a Community Volunteer Recruitment Drive and displays will take place. CERT is the volunteer function of the Washington County Local Emergency Preparedness Community (LEPC).
The CERT display will feature a Family Emergency Disaster Kit, with instructions on how citizens can prepare their families to cope with natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes, or man-made incidents. Those in attendance can register for a drawing to be held just before start of the game, with a kit as first prize.
Gates to the stadium will open at 6pm, and participating community groups and agencies will provide information about health, safety and community services, and will be signing up volunteers who wish to serve as part of those organizations.
In addition to CERT/EMA, exhibitors will include the American Red Cross, Washington County 9-1-1, Washington County Special Operations, Washington County Health Department, Radio Amateurs Civil Emergency Service (RACES), Washington County Disability Advisory Committee, Washington County Hospital Volunteer Services, the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, and the Washington County Fire/Rescue Auxiliary.
Proclamations will be made by County and City government representatives, prior to throwing out the first pitch.
Citizens' Emergency Preparedness Day has been held each year since 2002, and provides preparedness information for Washington County and area communities.