The Virginia Association of Counties has named Gloucester County as one of 12 recipients of the "2013 Achievement Awards" for a campaign on preparing for storms.
The award was for a joint effort from June 1 to July 31, 2012, by the Public Library system and Emergency Services Office to make residents aware of disaster preparations. The award was given in the category of criminal justice/public safety, according to VACO.
Library Director Diane Rebertus said in an application for the award that despite living in an area that is susceptible to hurricanes and other major storm events, Gloucester residents aren't prepared with emergency plans.
During the summer reading program of 2012, the library gave away four emergency kits as part of an effort to publicize and promote emergency preparedness. Each kit had a value of $150, with funds paying for the materials proved by the Gloucester Friends of the Library, Rebertus said.
The effort was publicized through both branches of the public library as well as local media.