Members of the Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council participated in a press conference on "Creating a Culture of Preparedness Among Schools" at Mt. Vernon High School.
Present were Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, and Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.
Greeting the Secretaries were Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Acting Director Roy Shrout, Fairfax County OEM Public Information Officer and Volunteer Liaison Ellen Kamilakis, and Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council Chairman, Andrew Levy.
Students from the Fairfax County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Science program were also represented by student Lauren Kovacic, Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council Student Representative, and Julia von Baumgarten and Ben Ray. After the press conference, the students were interviewed by the press.
When the students greeted Secretary Gutierrez, they were presented a coin from the Department of Commerce.
During the press conference, Secretary Chertoff gave a commendation to the Citizen Corps Council for all its efforts.
A copy of the DHS press release, which references Citizen Corps Council, can be found at: http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1193754645157.shtm
and for the Department of Education at:
The Washington Post article can be found at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/30/AR2007103000849.html?hpid=moreheadlines