Be Ready: City of Alexandria Recognizes National Preparedness Month

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Be Ready: City of Alexandria Recognizes National Preparedness Month

For Immediate Release: August 27, 2019

September is National Preparedness Month, and the City of Alexandria encourages everyone to prepare themselves and their loved ones for various disasters that may occur throughout the year.

This year, National Preparedness Month will focus on family and community emergency planning, with the overarching theme “Prepared, Not Scared.” National Preparedness Month reminds everyone to be prepared for the unexpected; to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid; and check insurance policies for coverage of hazards residents may face, such as floods and hurricanes.

During National Preparedness Month, the City encourages everyone to learn how to prepare for emergencies by participating in training events throughout the month of September. The Alexandria Fire Department and Volunteer Alexandria will offer several opportunities to learn how to prepare, including Until Help Arrives and Hands-Only CPR training, and an Emergency Preparedness Fair, all of which are free and open to the public.

“Until Help Arrives”

This training, which provides information on how to take action in emergency situations while waiting for professional responders to arrive, will be held at Volunteer Alexandria (123 N. Alfred St.). Space is limited; online registration is required

  • September 11: 1-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.

  • September 25: 1-5 p.m. 

Hands-Only CPR

This training, which provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths, will be held at the following locations: 

  • September 5: 6-8 p.m. at First Thursday in Del Ray (Mt. Vernon and E. Del Ray avenues)

  • September 6: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at McDonald’s (1000 N. Henry St.)

  • September 9: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Torpedo Factory (105 N. Union St.)

  • September 18: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at United States Trademark and Patent Office (Dulany Gardens, 300 Dulany St.)

  • September 24: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the City’s Emergency Preparedness Fair (Market Square, 301 King St.)

Emergency Preparedness Fair

At the City’s Emergency Preparedness Fair on September 24, in addition to hands-only CPR training, representatives from the Alexandria Fire Department; Volunteer Alexandria; Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); Department of Transportation & Environmental Services; and the Alexandria Health Department will provide the public with information about emergency preparedness and volunteer opportunities. 

The purpose of National Preparedness Month, designated annually by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is to raise public awareness about the importance of being prepared for any emergency. The goal of the initiative is to increase the overall number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions. 

To learn more about preparing for disasters, getting involved and receiving alerts when experiencing emergencies in your area, visit the City’s National Preparedness Month page.

For media inquiries, contact Senior Communications Officer Andrea Blackford at or 703.746.3959.

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