Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

February 04, 2007

Relief efforts for fire victims continue

Relief efforts for the Abingdon family that lost five members and its home in a fire last month have continued with donations of money and household goods.

Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company was scheduled to host a spaghetti dinner yesterday to benefit the Shropshire family. Jerome Shropshire and his wife, Annette, died in the fire along with three of their grandchildren.

The Harford County Department of Community Services is conducting a fund drive to assist Shaunette Shropshire, the children's mother, and her daughter, 7-year-old Iyanna Horne.

Donations of furniture or appliances will be collected and stored by Hampden Moving and Storage until the mother and daughter have settled into a new residence.

"We knew storage space was becoming an issue, and we are more than willing to help," said Dan Shanahan, vice president of the company. "A number of outreach programs have offered furniture. They can send those items here or we will pick them up. Then, when the family is ready, we will have a clearinghouse for them."

The family said any donations they cannot use will be given to community agencies.

Information: 410-893-6683.

Thomas to leave post with sheriff

Robert B. Thomas Jr., a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, announced last week that he is leaving the agency and has accepted a similar position on the county executive's staff starting Feb. 12.

Thomas, 54, a retired state employee who for the past 15 months has been spokesman for the sheriff and a staff of about 500 employees, will join the county Office of Government and Community Relations.

"I have had a great run with the sheriff's office, and being spokesman has been a distinct honor," he said.

Thomas, a member of the Harford Republican Central Committee, is a former president of the county school board.

Planning urged for emergencies

Harford County emergency planners encourage residents to plan for emergencies by assembling a home-preparedness kit including a flashlight with batteries, a battery-powdered radio and enough water to last three days.

Planners encourage families to assemble and maintain a complete home-preparedness kit and plan.

The following supplies should be kept in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks, duffel bags or covered trash containers.

Water: One gallon per person per day (two quarts for drinking and two quarts for food preparation and sanitation) for three days. Store in plastic containers.

Food: A nonelectric can opener for ready-to-eat canned foods; fruit; canned juices, milk and soup; food for infants and adults with special diets; high-energy snacks and comfort foods.

Prescription and nonprescription medicines and first aid kit.

Flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries.

Cash.

Important family documents.

Sturdy clothing (and a change of clothing), rain gear and bedding (blankets, sleeping bags).

Small tool kit.

Bathroom and hygiene items.

Keep a list of local radio stations (WXCY 103.7 FM; WHFC 91.1 FM; and WBAL 1090 AM) along with phone numbers for the hospital, police and Emergency Management at the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations (410-638-4900).

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