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Resiliency Digest
May 2019
News & tips for being ready
before, during, and after emergencies.
Are You Wildfire Smoke Ready?
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is all about helping neighbors and community members work together to create safety from wildfires. Have you thought about ALL the impacts a wildfire in our region may have? In addition to loss of life and property damage, health risks from poor air quality and disaster debris can also create significant hazards. Learn more about protecting yourself from the dangers of air pollution and exposure to smoke with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Smoke-Ready Toolbox for Wildfires.  
Hurricanes Aren't Just a Coastal Worry
The Shenandoah Valley is no stranger to the damage hurricanes can cause. During Hurricane Preparedness Week 2019, take some time to understand and prepare for this season's potential challenges. WHSV-TV3's retrospective of hurricanes that have touched our region provides plenty of good reasons to be more hurricane resilient! Brush up your readiness with these Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources from the National Weather Service.
Hurricane Awareness Tour to Stop in Roanoke
Hurricane experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will visit five U.S. East Coast cities, flying aboard a USAF Reserve WC-130J Hurricane Hunter aircraft along with the NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion aircraft, to raise awareness of the impacts from tropical cyclones threats and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan.

One of the stops on the 2019 Hurricane Awareness Tour will be Roanoke, VA. This stop will occur at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Community groups, media, elected officials, select local schools (schools by invitation only), and the public are invited to participate and tour the aircraft and exhibits. Public tours will be given from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.   Registration is not required for the public tours. Due to the schedule of the aircraft crew, public tours will promptly end at 5:00 pm.

For more information visit weather.gov.
You Can Help! Take Our Survey
We need your help! The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission is working together with jurisdictions in the Central Shenandoah Valley to update the Regional All Hazards Mitigation Plan. Please take this short anonymous survey (less than 5 minutes) to let your locality know how prepared you are for a natural hazard. Share this email with friends and family members who live in the Central Shenandoah Valley too!
Community Resiliency Achievements & Announcements
Did you know our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) puts in lots of valuable volunteer hours in non-disaster times? Spring is a busy season for CERT members to be out in the community educating about public safety and preparedness. Here's what they've been up to!

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Run the Runway 5K & Fun Run. Volunteers acted as escorts and crowd control to ensure everyone participating in and attending the event were safe.

Dooms Volunteer Fire Department Kids Fun Day. Volunteers helped pass out educational materials for adults and kids in honor of Smokey Bear’s 75 th birthday.
 
Green Valley Book Fair Safety Day. CERT Volunteers always enjoy attending this event, which is coming up May 18 from 10am – 1pm. With activities ranging from exploring fire trucks and ambulances to food, games, face painting and free books, there’s something for everyone!  For more information about Safety Day, visit the Green Valley Book Fair website .
For additional resources to help protect yourself, loved ones, and property, visit the National Weather Service, Ready.gov , U.S. Fire Administration , and the National Safety Council .  
[540.885. 5174]  [rebecca@cspdc.org]  [www.cspdc.org]