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Preparedness Awareness Weekend (PAW) to be Held Saturday, Oct. 14

Lady taking a Red Cross CPR class

Fairfax, VA. Thursday, October 12, 2017 – The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is partnering with numerous county agencies and other partners, such as the American Red Cross, to host a Preparedness Awareness Weekend (PAW) on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax.


The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will feature CPR demonstrations and a presentation for daycare centers on daycare preparedness by the county’s Office for Children. In addition, Fairfax County Public Schools will present on emergency management and response, the Sheriff's Office will provide child identifications, attendees can “touch a truck” during the display of emergency vehicles and emergency preparedness start kits will be given away throughout the day, at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Other agencies involved include the county’s Health Department, Neighborhood and Community Services, Police Department, Fire and Rescue Department, Citizens Corp programs and Inova.


PAW is a free, family-friendly event and children of all ages are welcome. It’s the perfect weekend event to help you and your loved ones prepare for any emergency. Specialized information will be available for parents of children in various age groups, ranging from infants to toddlers, to pre-kindergarten to school-age children.


Free parking is available at the Vienna Metro Garage; look for shuttle service to the Providence Community Center.

For additional information, contact OEM at 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or follow emergency management on Twitter ( or Facebook (