The Virginia Association of Counties announced that Gloucester and Mathews are two of 12 localities that have received its Achievement Awards recognizing model local government programs. Above, Gloucester Library director Diane Rebertus and Emergency Management Coordinator C. Creig Moore display some of the items that were in Gloucester’s “Stay Informed, Make a Plan, Get a Kit,” which is the program that won the achievement award for the county. In bottom photo, Mathews County was selected as an Achievement Award recipient for the efforts of its volunteer rescue squad in reducing call times and increasing patient care. Shown from left, are Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad members Tom Tiller, Chelsea Welch and Dan Hill. Photos by Quinton Sheppard
Both Gloucester and Mathews counties received special recognition recently for two separate programs that impact the communities in positive ways.
The Virginia Association of Counties announced Gloucester and Mathews are two of 12 localities to receive its Achievement Awards recognizing model local government programs.
Gloucester County was given an award for its "Stay Informed, Make a Plan, Get a Kit" program; efforts of the staffs of the public library and emergency services departments, while Mathews County was given an award for its volunteer rescue squad in improving response times in a rural county.
In Gloucester, former interim emergency services director Richard Parker spearheaded an effort to encourage residents to be better prepared for a disaster by assembling a kit. The kits were to be filled with first aid supplies, radio, flashlight, batteries, sanitation and personal hygiene items, canned food and water, a change of clothing and other items likely to be needed until life returns to normal.