Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sat 5/3 Emergency Drill

From the City Website, distribution of hurricane supplies this Saturday:

April 29, 2008
Contact: Eddie Allen, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Coordinator, 540-372-1059
The City of Fredericksburg is participating in a Point of Distribution exercise in cooperation
with the Virginia’s Department of Emergency Management and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Saturday, May 3.
Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Walker Grant Upper Elementary School parking lot at 1 Learning
Lane, area citizens are invited to participate by driving their cars through the designated lane to pick up supplies that would be especially useful in the event of a hurricane: plastic tarps, bottled water and Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs).
Under the Commonwealth’s Point of Distribution guidelines, localities are expected to set up
Points of Distribution locations in order to assist citizens during times of state emergency or disasters.
“Exercises like this allow both the City and its residents to practice what would actually take place in the event of a natural disaster or emergency,” Fire Chief Eddie Allen said.
Citizens from the Fredericksburg area are encouraged to participate. Several companies have
donated supplies for this event, including Wal-Mart, the Nestle Corporation, Hertz Rental Equipment and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The exercise begins at 9 a.m. and ends either at 11 a.m., or when supplies are exhausted.

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