Fairfax County Community Resilience Pilot Program Continues
The next two events in the Community Resilience Pilot Program will be held in Chantilly (Sully Supervisory District), with a seminar next week and exercise in mid-February.
The seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Sully District Government Center, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly (register for the seminar). The exercise will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17, also from 5-8:30 p.m., at the Sully District Government Center (register for the exercise).
Leaders and decision-makers at area community-based organizations, nonprofits, faith-based groups, homeowner associations, PTAs and first responders should attend. And the best part — both events are free (dinner is included).
The events are part of a pilot project that provides an opportunity for local community partners to meet and better understand how groups can work together in response to a disaster. The program is funded through an Urban Area Security Initiative grant as a means to prepare for and recover from disaster incidents.
The preparedness seminar provides a background on the interaction between first responders, emergency management and the community during disaster events and how the various community representatives can assist. The exercise provides an opportunity for the community members to see how their organization’s personnel and resources can assist during the recovery phase of a disaster.