Upcoming Survivor Day event helps prepare residents for emergencies of all sorts

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: Apr. 13, 2018 | 1:15 p.m. 

PRINCE GEORGE – On Saturday, April 21, 2018, the Prince George Local Emergency Planning Committee will host Survivor Day: United in Crisis, Are you Ready? The immensely-popular, totally-free  event, will be held at Prince George High School, 7801 Laurel Springs Road, Prince George, Virginia, 23875, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.

“We had to change the location of the venue this year due to the increasing popularity and the ever-growing number of participants,” said Tim Blumenschine, Chairman, LEPC. “We have traditionally held this yearly event in the Junior High School, but it has grown tremendously in just a few short years. We are finding that people are coming from all over the Tri-Cities and the surrounding counties, and they are bringing their family members. This event has become something of a clearing house of information needed for all types of emergency situations.”

Active shooter situations, something that is everywhere in the news nowadays; hurricanes and tornadoes; earthquakes; complete loss of electricity, telephone, internet connectivity, and other vital services; a tree crashing through the roof of your home; first-aid and hygiene; a fire; and access to safe water and food; have you and your family made a plan of action for these and other contingencies? Are you and your family ready for the challenge that a major storm or disaster might present? Make plans to attend Survivor Day–the Community Preparedness workshop of 2018.

This was just some of the devastation left behind after a tornado touched down in the Town of Waverly in Sussex County in February of 2016 during a tornado outbreak, killing three of the town’s residents, including a young child. (Michael Campbell/Womack Publishing)

“Survivor Day is all about preparedness for any emergency situation that may occur,” said Donald Hunter, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Prince George. “Whether the emergency occurs when you are away from home, such as someone goes berserk and begins shooting; or if there is a tornado or hurricane; or in case of a natural disaster; or afire; you and your family are going to need a plan of action, a place to meet, and a preparedness kit filled with the items you may have a need for immediately, and perhaps enough to hold you over for a while. Most of these items are things that we already have in our homes, but we don’t have the items in one place together so that we can pick them up quickly without having to search for them.”

Survivor Day will cover such topics as weather watches and warnings, how to prepare your Home & Property, food safety, making a disaster Preparedness Kit, local venders, and the Prince George Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). A free Survival Kit backpack, loaded with valuable supplies, will be given to those attending and participating in the program (only one bag per household), following the completion of training.

“This year’s event will be a series of presentations, along with a community fair. Some additional topics covered in this year’s presentations will be weather safety, natural gas and propane safety, what to do with your pets in an emergency, and situational awareness,” said Blumenschine. “In addition to a wealth of information, there will be community resources and hourly drawings for tremendous prizes.”

To register for Prince George Survivor Day, Call (804) 722-8614, or email Donald Hunter @ dhunter@princegeorgecountyva.gov. Registration will be available on the day of the event, if space is still available, at 8:00 a.m.

At last year’s Survivor Day held at J.E.J. Moore Middle School, attendees got hands-on training in several different areas, including the proper use of a fire extinguisher with members of Prince George County’s first responder crews. (Michael Campbell/The Prince George Journal)

“When entering a restaurant, a hotel, or anywhere else for that matter, always look for alternate exit points. If there is a fire or another emergency in your home, make sure everyone in the family knows ahead of time where they are to meet outside. This will keep parents from having to go back into a dangerous situation to account for someone when they may already be outside on the other side of the home. Little things like these are critically important when they are needed,” said Hunter.

Survivor Day is presented by CVEMA with funding from the FEMA’s Grants Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. CVEMA is a coalition of local emergency managers and partner organizations from 25 localities in Central Virginia. You are not limited to attending the Survivor Day in your locality. Survivor Day will be held across the Commonwealth in various localities so those living outside of Prince George can attend.

To register for other Survivor Day events across the Commonwealth, visit http://survivorday.com.

Emergencies and disasters are a part of life in Central Virginia and the world. Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, winter storms, and other hazards, Central Virginia has them all. Shouldn’t we do everything that we can to make sure that our families are prepared?

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