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Mark National Preparedness Month by joining Norwalk Emergency Response Team

(Norwalk Health Department)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

 EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TO BE SWORN IN
AT THE NORWALK HEALTH DEPARTMENT

September is National Preparedness Month,

Join our Volunteer Team and Help Others while Giving Back to Your Community

 

NORWALK, Connecticut (September 7, 2017) – In the spirit of National Preparedness Month, on Tuesday, September 12, Norwalk Town Clerk Rick McQuaid will administer an oath to members of the Norwalk Health Department’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), officially swearing them in as part of the civil preparedness force for the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The ceremony will take place at 7 pm at the Health Department.

Also, the Health Department is recruiting the next cohort of ERT volunteers, people with both medical and non-medical backgrounds who donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and to promote healthy living year-round.

“Over the course of the past year, we’ve recruited and trained a fantastic group of people to serve on our Emergency Response Team,” said Theresa Argondezzi, MPH, CHES, Acting Director of Health for the City of Norwalk. “We are looking for more people to join the team to help us deliver the best possible care in a public health emergency.”

The goal of the ERT is to extend the resources of the professional Health Department staff. ERT volunteers work with public health officials to spread preparedness messages within the community and assist with other public health programs and events. The Health Department provides training and insurance, while volunteers provide their time and skills.

If you are an adult who lives or works in the Norwalk or New Canaan area and would like to learn more about the ERT, help others, and give back to your community, call (203) 854-7979 or email [email protected] to learn more.

Sign up now. This cohort of volunteers is starting soon! Group interviews will be held on September 18 at 4 PM or September 27 at 7 PM, and training starts October 3.

About National Preparedness Month: The Norwalk Health Department joins national, state, and local officials to encourage you to prepare for emergencies in your home, business, school, and community. For more information about how you can prepare, visit www.ready.gov.

 

About the Norwalk Health Department: Under the direction of the mayor, and with valuable guidance from its six-member Board of Health, the Norwalk Health Department provides a variety of services and programs to fulfill its mission: to prevent and control the spread of disease, promote a healthy environment, and protect the quality of life within its changing community. The Health Department achieved accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in June 2014, demonstrating that it meets or exceeds national public health standards and commits to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers. More information is available at www.norwalkhealth.com.

 

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Contact:                       Theresa Argondezzi, MPH, CHES

(203) 854-7977

[email protected]

 

 

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