KEEPING OUR RESIDENTS SAFE IN CASE OF A DISASTER: ALLENTOWN HOLDS PREPAREATHON

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Preparathon 2014 LogoResidents learned how to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster during the PrepareAthon!SM held at the Mack South Fire Station in Allentown.

America’s PrepareAthon!SM  is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring. Millions of people are registered to participate across the country.

“Superstorm Sandy taught us that disasters can happen in our own backyards,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “Allentown may not have been hit as hard as the New Jersey coast, but we learned what it is like to be without electric power for days. Our residents should take action to prepare and the PrepareAthon!SM  is a great place to learn.”

Participants learned what they need to do to be prepared in the case of an emergency or disaster with information and activities designed to raise awareness.  Activities included a dial 9-1-1 simulator, fire extinguisher training and a hand washing education station with glo-germs.  The event also offered information on generator safety, emergency supply kit assembly and animal preparedness.

MAYOR NAMES INTERIM PARKS DIRECTOR

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Kistler, VickyMayor Pawlowski named Vicky Kistler as Interim Parks and Recreation Director while the city conducts a national search to fill the position.

“Vicky brings a wealth of know-how and best practices borne of her experiences in leading the award winning Allentown Health Department,” Pawlowski said. “The collaboration over the years between Parks & Recreation and the Health Bureau has provided her keen insights and knowledge to lead the Parks & Recreation Department during this time period. We are very grateful Vicky has agreed to serve in this capacity.”

Kistler served as the Health Bureau Director since 2007.  Jeff Stout, Associate Director for Environmental Health, will serve as Acting Health Director while Kistler oversees Parks and Recreation.