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Fundraiser to aid county rescue team

The Harford County Technical Rescue Team will hold a fundraiser Wednesday at Cactus Willie's in the Harford Mall in Bel Air.

The team will receive 15 percent of lunch and dinner receipts when patrons identify themselves as friends of the rescue team.

Information: 410-879-4420.

Anti-violence project at justice center

The new Harford County Family Justice Center will become a distribution point for the Sheila's Shawls and Paul's Scarves program, a national project that operates under the umbrella of Silent Witness.

Silent Witness honors the memories of former U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone and his wife, Sheila, and the work they did in domestic violence awareness and prevention. The Wellstones and one of their daughters were killed in a plane crash Oct. 25, 2002.

The Silent Witness program was founded in 1990 and has made a national and global impact against domestic violence homicides. The goal of Silent Witness is to promote peace, healing and responsibility in adult relationships to eliminate domestic murders in the nation by 2010.

In Harford County, the Silent Witness program is sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County.

Each October, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship holds a Silent Witness Ceremony to honor the victims of domestic violence homicides and to raise awareness that domestic violence affects every community.

The Harford County Family Justice Center, a one-stop center for victims of sexual, physical and domestic abuse, is at 23 N. Main St., Bel Air. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, with help on call for emergencies at night and weekends at 410-638-3113.

Information: 410-879-6151, 410-734-7122 or 410-638-3113.

Tips for dealing with emergencies

The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations offers tips on dealing with emergencies.

The agency suggests having a pet carrier and photo of your pet, along with medical and identification information, ready in case of an emergency.

In an emergency, families should be able to access any necessary legal documents they may need, especially in the event of an evacuation.

Emergency officials also have suggestions for what not to do in various kinds of emergencies. For instance, do not call 911 or go to the hospital unless there is a genuine emergency, and do not light matches if you smell gas in the house.

For complete safety tips, contact Emergency Operations at 410-588-5780.

Hawley takes part in training exercise

Harford County Mobile Communications Center Coordinator J. Franklin Hawley recently participated in a training exercise in Delta, Pa.

The mobile center provides communications capability for various emergency agencies.

Hawley assisted in the exercise by setting up the radio patches between various frequencies using the ACU1000 radio integrator.

The Delta-Peach Bottom Emergency Management Agency requested the unit so several training drill participants from York County could see the interoperability it can provide.

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