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Monday, May 18, 2015

City to Host Public Safety Day on May 30 at Forest Hill Target

The City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is partnering with Target to host a Public Safety Day and support Virginia’s Emergency Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. The event will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Forest Hill Target – 7107 Forest Hill Avenue. The public is strongly encouraged to attend this free event.

Event attendees will receive preparedness and safety information from the City’s departments of police, fire, parks, recreation and community facilities, public utilities, emergency communications and the Richmond Sheriff’s Office. Other community partners who will be onsite include the Richmond Ambulance Authority, American Red Cross, GRTC, and Nutzy from the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Multiple giveaways will be distributed at the event along with free food.

This Public Safety Day event coincides with the Virginia Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Sponsored annually by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment Sales Tax Holiday, May 25 to May 31, aims to educate and empower residents to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. More information on the Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment Sales Tax Holiday and a list of exempt products is available at http://www.tax.virginia.gov/content/hurricane-preparedness-equipment-holiday. All items that are tax exempt during this holiday will be available at stores such as Target, Lowes and Home Depot. Event attendees are encouraged to share their event experiences by tagging images they post on social media with #RVAPSD.

“Being prepared for an emergency is a shared responsibility. We are encouraging all residents to utilize this event to prepare themselves, their neighbors and their community for all types of emergencies,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “This event will help residents become informed about the types of hazards that can occur, and by doing so, make Richmond a more secure city.”

The public is also encouraged to visit www.RichmondGov.com and click on the Emergency Preparedness link to download an emergency preparedness guide, emergency kit checklists, and obtain information on how to get involved locally.

Posted by Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor at 2:23 PM


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