Arlington Heights Preparedness Day
Arlington Heights CERT Team in training.
September is National Preparedness Month. On Thursday, Sept. 1, the Minority Emergency Preparedness Task Force, in partnership with the Birmingham Foundation and the Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh sponsored Arlington Heights Preparedness Day.
The event was held at the Arlington Heights Community Center, 3123 Cordell Place. Other major supporters of the event included the Office of Emergency Management/Homeland Security Pittsburgh Office, University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Practice and the American Red Cross Association. The event was the kickoff for several other initiatives during the month, including continued training of a Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), consisting of Arlington Heights residents.
Eileen Smith, Minority Emergency Preparedness Task Force Founder/Coordinator (right) presents a Certificate of Completion to Eunice Mitchell.
The Preparedness Day initiative included a proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh Mayor's Office and commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9-11 and the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Special recognition was also given to all first responders, including members of the Armed Forces. Arlington Heights residents received preparedness training, educational material and free Ready Pa. Go Kits.
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. The Task Force sponsors regular preparedness trainings for the Arlington Heights residents and the CERT Team.