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 l...
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