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by SCOTT BUTKI | August 18, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com Organizers, agency representatives and attendees said a Saturday event that included workshops on topics ranging from family disaster kits to chemical safety went so well it should be provided at least annually. About 300 people attended Saturday's Citizens' Emergency Preparedness Day at Robinwood Medical Center, said organizer Verna Brown, Emergency Management Agency coordinator. The event was a spinoff of President Bush's call for communities to be prepared for emergencies.
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By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2013
Verna Brown's advice is like an umbrella. When the sun is shining and everyone's smiling, it's easy to think “Life is good.” But if you're caught outside in a slashing storm, you'll wish you'd planned ahead. And if you're caught in a natural disaster, you'll really wish you'd planned ahead. Getting you to plan ahead is Brown's job. She is Washington County's emergency management coordinator.  “The word 'disaster' is misleading,” Brown said. “I like to tell citizens you're preparing for your average, everyday-type emergencies, even if you're at home.” Brown is co-organizer of the first Preparedness in the Park, a community event to encourage citizens of all ages to prepare for trouble - natural disasters, house fires, power blackouts, neighborhood evacuations - all kinds of trouble.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | August 17, 2013
Late last year, a New England town was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, then bombarded by a Nor'easter. When desperate residents made their way to the area's Federal Emergency Management Agency office for help, they found a sign hanging on the door. It read, “Closed due to inclement weather.” Author and speaker Jay Blevins shared this story Saturday as he autographed books for fans at the first Mid-Atlantic Emergency Preparedness and Survival Expo at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 15, 2005
erinc@herald-mail.com Carol Duvall and her husband, Jim, saw images of the Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Katrina and thought, "What if that happened here?" Wednesday night, the Hagerstown couple and about eight others at the Washington County Health Department signed up to assist emergency personnel day-to-day and during an emergency. The Duvalls are volunteers with Project Aware - a recruitment and training program to assist the community's homeland security efforts.
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August 12, 2002
katec@herald-mail.com Are you ready? Batteries, flashlight, disaster kit? For what? - you may ask as you go about your busy, busy life, job, home, running kids to baseball practice and ballet lessons. For anything, is the answer. Stuff happens - severe weather, floods, chemical spills, fire. You may scoff at the thought of the Tri-State area being a target for terrorists. But weren't you relieved that local experts took anthrax hoaxes seriously and checked out suspicious packages?
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By CANDICE BOSELY | September 11, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN Planning for an emergency preparedness event held in Hagerstown on Saturday started long before Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. The storm brought with it to this area not flooding or destruction, but a reinforced message. "It can happen here, and we would like citizens to be proactive instead of reactive," said Verna Brown, Washington County's emergency management coordinator. "Hopefully, if we had to think of anything good (resulting from Hurricane Katrina)
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by MARLO BARNHART | September 16, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com A program designed to teach emergency preparedness to Washington County residents will get off the ground in November. Before that, the instructors will be trained beginning Monday, Sept. 22. For two full days - Sept. 22 and Oct. 6 - prospective instructors for the first Community Emergency Response Training program will be in class at 51 N. Potomac St., and at locations around the county, said Verna Brown, Washington County emergency management coordinator.
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August 30, 2004
The Hagerstown/ Washington County community will come together Sept. 11 to honor those fallen in service to their country and to prepare residents for the possibility of future emergencies. A series of events, sponsored by the Washington County Commissioners, Hagerstown's mayor and City Council, the county's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, Valley Mall, Washington County Citizens Corps and Partners in Preparedness, will take place at Hagerstown City Park and Valley Mall on Halfway Boulevard.
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By DON AINES | August 10, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday rejected all the bids it received last week to ready its computers for the year 2000, but the board still expects the glitches to be solved by Sept. 30. On Thursday the county received three bids ranging from $7,280 to almost $38,000, according to Board Chairman G. Warren Elliott. Management Information Systems Manager Robert Mahoney recommended rejecting the bids because of confusion over software application research.
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March 21, 2008
Chicken 'N Stuff set for Monday in Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Rotary Club of Chambersburg, Knights of Columbus and George Washington Masonic Lodge #143 will host the annual Chicken 'N Stuff Dinner on Monday Food will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chambersburg Area Middle School Cafeteria, 1151 E. McKinley St. Members of the Knights of Columbus and Rotary Club of Chambersburg have combined...
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 10, 2013
Nine-year-old Ty Ambush said he was ready to tackle any emergency with the safety tips he learned Tuesday during Preparedness in the Park at Hagerstown City Park. Ty and dozens of other pupils from St. Mary's Catholic School received flashlights, whistles and other safety-oriented items that organizers passed out at the event to teach children the importance of being prepared during a natural or man-made disaster. “They gave us all this real cool stuff,” Ty said. “I'll probably end up using it if I'm in an emergency.” Kevin Lewis, director of Washington County Emergency Services, said Preparedness in the Park was part of National Preparedness Month, which was set up after the terrorist attacks on Sept.
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By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2013
Verna Brown's advice is like an umbrella. When the sun is shining and everyone's smiling, it's easy to think “Life is good.” But if you're caught outside in a slashing storm, you'll wish you'd planned ahead. And if you're caught in a natural disaster, you'll really wish you'd planned ahead. Getting you to plan ahead is Brown's job. She is Washington County's emergency management coordinator.  “The word 'disaster' is misleading,” Brown said. “I like to tell citizens you're preparing for your average, everyday-type emergencies, even if you're at home.” Brown is co-organizer of the first Preparedness in the Park, a community event to encourage citizens of all ages to prepare for trouble - natural disasters, house fires, power blackouts, neighborhood evacuations - all kinds of trouble.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | August 17, 2013
Late last year, a New England town was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, then bombarded by a Nor'easter. When desperate residents made their way to the area's Federal Emergency Management Agency office for help, they found a sign hanging on the door. It read, “Closed due to inclement weather.” Author and speaker Jay Blevins shared this story Saturday as he autographed books for fans at the first Mid-Atlantic Emergency Preparedness and Survival Expo at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.
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October 28, 2011
The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m., the Washington County Office of Emergency Management said Friday. The test will be heard on the radio and seen on local, cable and satellite television, a news release said. It may last up to 3 1/2 minutes. The test is being conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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June 6, 2011
A workshop titled “Floods, Tornadoes and Blackouts — An All-Hazards Approach to Personal, Family and Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness” will be held Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown. Presenters will include Verna Brown, coordinator, Washington County Emergency Management; Mike Mowen, director of Emergency Services, Red Cross of Washington County; and Kyd Dieterich, Hagerstown Fire Department chief. The program is free and open to the public.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 17, 2011
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Tri-State-area residents to participate in its biannual Citizen’s Police Academy. Deputy 1st Class Dan Watson said participants will be taught several aspects of law enforcement, including gang awareness and disaster preparedness. “It’s open to anybody who wants to attend,” Watson said. “The first night is an orientation. They’ll get to talk to (Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore)
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By HEATHER LOWERY | August 12, 2010
o Hostage Drill - University System Two people portraying "gunmen" entered the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown building on West Washington Street as a part of a drill Thursday morning to test the university's emergency preparedness plan. The Board of Regents requires USMH to test its emergency plan every year, said C. David Warner III, USMH executive director. A scenario such as the one portrayed Thursday "is to help us be as prepared as we can be for a real emergency and to discover where we have our weaknesses," Warner said.
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October 16, 2009
Volunteers needed to host exchange students ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for volunteers to serve as area representatives in their local community. ASSE provides academic year, semester and short-term exchange programs in the United States for high school-aged students from around the world. Students are ages 15 to 18, have passed a series of academic and character requirements, and are awaiting an opportunity to live for a time with an American family.
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December 2, 2008
JAN. 28, 1944-NOV. 29, 2008 CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Pamela J. Thompson, 64, of Charles Town, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va. Born Jan. 28, 1944, in Jamaica, she was the daughter of the late Boggo Johnson and Olive Gilmore Johnson. She was a supervisor for Fairfax County Schools. She was a member of Rock Spring Church in Charles Town, where she was active on the church hospitality team and in any area of church preparedness where she was able to serve.
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November 23, 2008
4-H Tailwaggers Club member Daniel Speck, left, hands out an emergency preparedness information bag at the Animal Clinic of Funkstown's Pet Fair on Oct. 18 to fair participant Lindsey Harden and her miniature pinscher Tyson. Washington County received a $500 mini-grant for community service projects and educational activities that encourage Maryland citizens to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies, including people with disabilities and the elderly. Seventeen 4-H clubs distributed 655 bags filled with educational and marketing materials throughout Washington County.
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