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SCV Disaster Coalition Honored

The Santa Clarita Valley Disaster Coalition (SCVDC) was awarded one of the top awards from the Emergency Preparedness Commission for the County and Cities of Los Angeles for its drive to assist the golf coast schools that were impacted by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
“Your efforts to assist communities beyond state borders are a testament of your commitment to provide relief to residents affected by disasters.  The commission acknowledges the coalition for its commitment to public education and emergency preparedness,” commented the Emergency Preparedness Commission for the County and Cities of Los Angeles.

The ceremony recognized the Coalition’s “Flood of Books” campaign that established a valleywide book drive in April 2006, collecting over 97,000 books for six elementary schools in Houma, Louisiana devastated by hurricane Rita.  Additionally, the drive raised $13,500 and about 85,000 books points from Scholastic that can be traded for books.

The Santa Clarita Valley Disaster Coalition is an all-volunteer coalition of local organizations, businesses, and individuals whose mission is to work together to provide supplemental humanitarian relief assistance during crisis situations in our community, our state, our country.  The Coalition is devoted to promoting awareness of disaster preparedness plans, so local residents know what to do in the event of a disaster.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Emergency Preparedness Commission for the work done by the Santa Clarita Valley Disaster Coalition,” stated Mayor Marsha McLean.  “With the support of community members and the SCVDC, our City helped make a positive difference in the lives of the families and schools damaged by the 2005 hurricanes and resulting floods,” she said.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Valley Disaster Coalition, please visit www.scvcoalition.com.

12-19-06