Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

September 18, 2005

Agencies create strategy to help Katrina evacuees

Harford County officials and service agencies have mapped a strategy for providing assistance to any Hurricane Katrina evacuees who may relocate in Harford County.

Evacuees in Harford County and anyone who knows of evacuees in the county are asked to contact the Harford Department of Community Services at 410-638-3389 for information and referrals for assistance.

The county Health Department can provide health screenings, medication assistance and inoculations (410-638-3060). The Department of Social Services can provide case management and human services (410-836- 4950). The county's housing agency can help provide housing (410-638-3045, Ext. 1828), and the public schools can register children (410-588-5203).

The Emergency Operations Center urges citizens and emergency workers who receive calls to go to one of the disaster sites to contact Linda Ploener, 410-638-4900, to determine whether the request is authorized and what provisions and medical precautions may need to be taken.

The Harford County Health Department advises that volunteers traveling to the Gulf Coast region receive a hepatitis B vaccine (if the volunteer has not previously been vaccinated) and a tetanus booster (if it is more than five years since the last vaccination). Information: 410-638-8464.

Workshops meant to help the disabled with planning

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region will offer a series of workshops to assist people with developmental disabilities and their families in planning for the future.

The workshops, sponsored by The Arc Foundation, will be held at Mountain Christian Church.

Dohn Hoyle will present "Rethinking Guardianship" from 9:30 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 18. Mindy Morrell will present "Decision-making Options and Estate Planning" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1, and Diann Collins will present "Tax Planning and Financial Advice" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

Information or to register: Janice Drakeford, 410-836-7177, Ext. 343.

Residents are warned about Bush River

Warning signs posted by Harford Health Department officials are advising residents to avoid contact with the Bush River along with Park Beach Drive in Perryman for 30 days.

The posting took place Sept. 4 after a malfunction at the nearby Harford County Public Works Department's Surge Facility caused a 6,075-gallon overflow into the waterway.

A broken pipe was replaced and the overflow cleaned up.

Information: 410-612-1612.

Neal Road Bridge closed; replacement due in spring

The Harford County Public Works Department has closed the Neal Road Bridge over Big Branch in Pylesville. A new span will open in spring at the same location.

Information: Dan Svrjcek, 410-638-3509.

Disabilities award deadline is tomorrow

The deadline to nominate Harford County-based residents, employers and groups who promote the hiring of people with disabilities is tomorrow.

Recipients of the awards will be honored Oct. 20 a luncheon sponsored by the Harford County Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

To request a nomination form: Sharon Grzanka, 410-638-3373 or visit www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/disabilities.

60 companies will attend free job fair on Sept. 30

Sixty companies are slated to attend the 17th annual Harford County Job Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood.

Prospective attendees can visit a Harford County workforce center before the fair for information and assistance.

The centers are on U.S. 40 in Aberdeen (410-272-5400) and on Bond Street in Bel Air (410-836-4603). Admission to the centers and to the fair is free.

Information: Regina Brown, 410-939-4240.

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