SERVPRO, Family & Community Partnerships Collaborate on Victim Bag Project

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SERVPRO of the Mid-Upper Shore has received a grant from the Family & Community Partnerships of Kent County to install SERVPRO Personal Emergency Assistance Bags to police, fire, and rescue agencies in Kent County.

The bags have been made available to area emergency services agencies to assist victims of fire, flood, accident, or even crimes. The bags contain a variety of items needed in the immediate aftermath of an emergency. Examples of the bags contents are toiletry items, diapers, wipes, a towel and wash cloth, coloring book and crayons, and additional personal care items. Also included are a variety of “help” brochures from local human services organizations such as the library, health department, food bank, and the mobile crisis team hotline.

From Left: Rebecca Lepter, executive director and Myra Butler, board chair from the Family & Community Partnerships of Kent along with SERVPRO of the Mid-Upper Shore marketing director Deanna Miller and SERVPRO marketing representative and project coordinator Kevin Knussman.

From Left: Rebecca Lepter, executive director and Myra Butler, board chair from the Family & Community Partnerships of Kent along with SERVPRO of the Mid-Upper Shore marketing director Deanna Miller and SERVPRO marketing representative and project coordinator Kevin Knussman.

Rebecca Lepter, director for the Family & Community Partnerships of Kent County, immediately saw the value of the bags for local citizens.

“I am glad to support the SERVPRO Personal Emergency Assistance Bag project with a grant from the Kent Partnerships. The supply of bags will be available for Kent’s citizens during their time of need,” stated Lepter.

Robb Sartorio is owner for SERVPRO of the Mid-Upper Shore. According to him, “Our SERVPRO team loves the idea of working with area community groups in an effort to help people in unfortunate circumstances. We are committed to partnering with local emergency services to make the bags available to victims in every Eastern Shore community.”

Kevin Knussman, a paramedic and area marketing representative for SERVPRO is coordinating the project. He points out that the Personal Emergency Assistance Bags are being made available to emergency services organizations on the Eastern Shore.

“When the project is completed there will be approximately 500 bags available throughout the Shore. This will be an important resource for our emergency providers who often reach into their own pockets for victim needs,” stated Knussman.

Knussman can be contacted at knussmank@gmail.com for questions regarding the SERVPRO Personal Emergency Assistance Bags or about SERVPRO services. SERVPRO’s Eastern Shore area franchises serve all Eastern Shore Counties, with the exception of Cecil County, and include a full range of clean up and restoration services.

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