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Arlington Heights residents get ready for ‘Preparedness Day'


September 7, 2010

The Minority Emergency Preparedness Task Force, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health Office of Public Health Preparedness, Birmingham Foundation and the Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh will sponsor Arlington Heights Preparedness Day on Wednesday, Sept. 8 as part of National Preparedness Month.

The event will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Community Center, 3123 Cordell Place. This event will be the kickoff for several other initiatives during the month, including training of a Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), consisting of Arlington Heights residents.

The Preparedness Day initiative will include proclamations from the Mayor's Office and Office of the Allegheny County Chief Executive. The residents will be educated in disaster preparedness and will receive free Red Cross Ready Kits. The event will also commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the disaster of 911.

Special recognition will also be given to all first responders, including members of the Armed Forces.

The Minority Emergency Preparedness Task Force (MEPTF) had its inception in April, 2008 and is comprised of key persons who interact and serve the vulnerable populations in the community to advocate, educate and evaluate emergency preparedness from readiness through recovery in the event of a disaster.

Other major supporters of the event include the Office of Emergency Management / Homeland Security Pittsburgh Office and the American Red Cross Association.


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